Bryn Mawr (pronounced /ˌbrɪnˈmɑːr/; from Welsh for "Big hill")
is a census-designated place (CDP) located across Radnor and Haverford
Townships in Delaware County,
Pennsylvania and Lower Merion Township,
Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, just west of
Lancaster Avenue (US-30) and the border with Delaware County. Bryn
Mawr is located toward the center of what is known as the Main Line, a
group of affluent
Philadelphia suburban villages stretching from the
city limits to Malvern. As of the 2010 census, it had a population of
3,779. Bryn Mawr is home to Bryn Mawr College.
4 Notable people
5 School system
6 Points of interest
Bryn Mawr is named after an estate near
belonged to Rowland Ellis. He was a
Quaker who emigrated in 1686 to
Dolgellau to escape religious persecution.
Until 1869 and the coming of the
Pennsylvania Railroad's Main Line,
the town, located in the old Welsh Tract, was known as Humphreysville.
The town was renamed by railroad agent William H. Wilson after he
acquired on behalf of the railroad the 283 acres (1.15 km2) that
now compose Bryn Mawr.
In 1893, the first hospital, Bryn Mawr Hospital, was built on the Main
Line by Dr. George Gerhard. Glenays, an historic home dating to
1859, was listed on the
National Register of Historic Places
National Register of Historic Places in
Bryn Mawr is located at 40°1′16″N 75°19′01″W /
40.02111°N 75.31694°W / 40.02111; -75.31694 (40.021022,
According to the
Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area
of 0.6 square miles (1.6 km2), some of which is in Lower Merion
Township in Montgomery County.
Part of Bryn Mawr is located in Delaware County, located at the
coordinates 40°1' 25.0212"N 75°19' 46.1676"W, its zip code is 19010
with a total population of 3,779.
However, the "Bryn Mawr" zip code (19010) covers a larger area, and as
a result, the geographic term "Bryn Mawr" is often used in a sense
that includes not only the CDP, but also other areas that share the
zip code. These other areas include the community of Rosemont within
Lower Merion Township and Radnor Township, and various other areas
within Lower Merion Township, Radnor Township, and Haverford Township.
Bryn Mawr is a part of the
Philadelphia Main Line, a string of
picturesque towns located along a railroad that connects Philadelphia
with points west. Some other Main Line communities include Ardmore,
Wynnewood, Narberth, Bala Cynwyd and Villanova. As of the 2000 Census,
the Bryn Mawr
ZIP code was home to 21,485 people with a median family
income of $210,956.
As of the census of 2010, there were 3,779 people, 1,262
households, and 497 families residing in the CDP. The population
density was 7,033.7 people per square mile (2,728.9/km2). There were
1,481 housing units at an average density of 2,377.2/sq mi
(922.3/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 74.0% White, 10.5% Black
or African American, 0.0% Native American, 10.7% Asian, 0.1% Pacific
Islander, 1.2% from other races, and 3.6% from two or more races. 4.9%
of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 21.1% were of
Irish, 10.8% Italian, 6.8% German and 6.4% English ancestry according
There were 1,404 households, out of which 13.5% had children under the
age of 18 living with them, 26.8% were married couples living
together, 8.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and
62.6% were non-families. 41.1% of all households were made up of
individuals, and 13.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of
age or older. The average household size was 2.07 and the average
family size was 2.79.
In the CDP, the population was spread out, with 8.4% under the age of
18, 48.1% from 18 to 24, 21.0% from 25 to 44, 12.1% from 45 to 64, and
10.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 22 years.
For every 100 females there were 46.5 males. For every 100 females age
18 and over, there were 42.4 males.
Constance Applebee, athletic director at
Bryn Mawr College
Bryn Mawr College for 24
Julius Wesley Becton, Jr., retired
United States Army general, former
Federal Emergency Management Agency
Federal Emergency Management Agency Director, and education
John Bogle, founder and retired CEO of The Vanguard Group
Derek Bok, lawyer, educator, president of Harvard
George W. Childs, publisher, co-owner of
Philadelphia Public Ledger
Jake Cohen, American/Israeli basketball player for Maccabi Tel Aviv
Fran Crippen, swimmer
A. J. Croce, musician
Kat Dennings, actress
MLB player for Milwaukee Brewers
Fred D'Ignazio, educator and technology writer
Adelaide C. Eckardt,
Bernard Farrell, former Chairman of 550/Sony Music Entertainment,
founder of StarHouse Records
Drew Gilpin Faust, historian of American Civil War, first female
president of Harvard, graduated from Bryn Mawr College
Emmet French, golfer
WPVI-TV news anchorman
Adam Goren, punk-rock musician known as Atom and His Package
Hanna Holborn Gray, historian of Germany, first female president of
University of Chicago, graduated from Bryn Mawr College
Edith Hamilton, classics scholar, author of The Greek Way and The
Roman Way, graduated from and taught at Bryn Mawr College
Philip A. Hart,
United States Senator from Michigan, 1959–1976,
nicknamed the Conscience of the Senate
Katharine Hepburn, actress, four-time
Academy Award recipient,
graduated from Bryn Mawr College
Edward Barnes Leisenring, Jr., coal executive
Daniel Pratt Mannix IV, author of The Fox and the Hound
Jayne Mansfield, actress
Jacqueline Mars, heiress to
Mars, Inc. candy bar fortune
Tim McCarver, Major League baseball player and broadcaster
Walter A. McDougall, Pulitzer Prize winner
Agnes Nixon, creator of
One Life to Live
One Life to Live and All My Children
Emmy Noether, mathematician
Michael A. O'Donnell, Ph.D, author, lecturer, and Episcopal priest,
R. C. Orlan, baseball player
Teddy Pendergrass, singer
Chris Pikula, professional Magic: The Gathering player
Polly Platt, author of books for Americans living in France
Beth Shak, professional poker player for Full Tilt
Jay Sigel, professional golfer, U.S. Amateur champion
Cornelia Otis Skinner, playwright and actress, graduated from Bryn
Ed Snider, founder, Comcast Spectacor
John Spagnola, former professional football player, Green Bay Packers,
Philadelphia Eagles and Seattle Seahawks
Richard Swett, former congressman and diplomat
Jack Thayer, first class passenger and survivor of sinking of RMS
M. Carey Thomas, second president of Bryn Mawr College
Charles Thomson, Secretary of Continental Congress, lived at Harriton
Ronne Troup, actress
NFL player for
New York Giants
New York Giants and Green Bay Packers,
member of Pro Football Hall of Fame
Woodrow Wilson, 28th President of the United States, taught government
Bryn Mawr College
Bryn Mawr College before moving to Princeton and later serving as
Governor of New Jersey
Warren Zevon, musician
Bryn Mawr residents of Lower Merion Township attend schools in the
Lower Merion School District; all residents of the Bryn Mawr CDP are
in Lower Merion Township and therefore attend LMSD schools.
Bryn Mawr address residents of Radnor Township attend schools in the
Radnor Township School District;
Radnor High School
Radnor High School is the district's
sole high school.
Bryn Mawr address residents of Haverford Township attend schools in
the School District of Haverford Township;
Haverford High School
Haverford High School is
the district's sole high school.
Shipley School and the
Baldwin School are both in Bryn Mawr. The
French International School of Philadelphia, which opened in 1991,
previously held its classes at Baldwin and then at Shipley.
Points of interest
Bryn Mawr College
Agnes Irwin School
Barrack Hebrew Academy
Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech, formerly Clarke School for the
Deaf. "Clarke Philadelphia" is located here, with its main campus
being in Northampton, Massachusetts.
American College Arboretum
The American College of Financial Services
Bryn Mawr Campus Arboretum
Bryn Mawr Film Institute
The Main Point
Wikivoyage has a travel guide for Bryn Mawr.
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2018-03-11. In 1892 the country was staggering under an economic
depression and on the verge of financial collapse, but the desire of
Dr. George Gerhard, an Ardmore physician, to build a hospital in the
growing suburbs of
Philadelphia ... When the Hospital opened in 1893,
Dr. George Gerhard and Dr. Robert Gamble were in charge of the public
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Lower Merion Township, Pennsylvania
Primary & Secondary
Lower Merion School District
Belmont Hills Elementary School
Cynwyd Elementary School
Gladwyne Elementary School
Merion Elementary School
Penn Valley Elementary School
Penn Wynne Elementary School
Bala Cynwyd Middle School
Welsh Valley Middle School
Harriton High School
Lower Merion High School
French International School of Philadelphia
Friends' Central School
Gladwyne Montessori School
The Haverford School
Merion Mercy Academy
Rosemont School of the Holy Child
Saint Margaret School
Waldron Mercy Academy
Colleges and universities
Bryn Mawr College
St. Charles Borromeo Seminary
Saint Joseph's University
Regional Rail Stations
Bryn Mawr Hospital
Lankenau Medical Center
‡This populated place also has portions in an adjacent county or
Municipalities and communities of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania,
County seat: Norristown
King of Prussia
New Hanover Square
‡This populated place also has portions in an adjacent