Hill, Pennsylvania, which is actually
part of the city of Philadelphia,
is often referred to as the Suburb
in the City. The cobblestone walkways,
trolley tracks in the street,
shady trees, and beautiful architecture
make Chestnut Hill a great place
to live, eat, shop, or just spend
The village of Chestnut Hill
began around the late 1600s when
William Penn sold 5,700 acres
of land to the Frankfurt Company
and the Crefeld purchasers who
asked Francis Daniel Pastorius
to help them with all this land.
This land was named German Township.
Today the main road through Chestnut
Hill is Germantown Avenue. At
this point German Township was
divided and part of it was renamed
In 1854 Chestnut Hill became
part of Philadelphia. Chestnut
Hill is just ten miles north of
city hall. With the developing
railroads, many people worked
in the city, but lived in Chestnut
Hill where it was much less congested.
Chestnut Hill provided a cool
summer escape for many city dwellers.
Chestnut Hill is now home to
a successful shopping district
which runs all along Germantown
Avenue. There are two SEPTA Regional
Rail lines, the R7 and R8. The
R7 Chestnut Hill/Trenton runs
to Center City with connecting
service to New York City. The
R8 Chestnut Hill West/Fox Chase
line runs to Center City.