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Folcroft Borough


Folcroft Borough municipal offices are located at 1555 Elmwood Avenue, Folcroft, PA 19032; phone: 610-522-1305.

Beginnings [1]

The origin of what is now Folcroft can be traced to the mid- 1600's and early Swedish settlements. Originally productive farmlands, its development as a residential suburb of Philadelphia resulted from the construction of the Pennsylvania Railroad through the area in 1874. A passenger station was subsequently constructed, and the stop was given the name Folcroft, meaning "leafy fields."

Originally located in Darby Township, Folcroft was incorporated as a Borough in December of 1922.

Chester Pike, the oldest road in the Borough, was a toll road until the early 1920's. Another original road still existing is Calcon Hook Road, which leads to the meadow land along Darby Creek. Prior to 1900, Darby Creek was kept within its channel by adjacent property owners. What is now marsh land at the southern end of the Borough was, at that time, highly productive farm land. Much of this marsh land is now included in the Tinicum National Environmental Center and accounts for the southern one-third of the Borough.

The Shallcross Homestead (1788) on Ashland Avenue south of Elmwood Avenue and the Swayne House on Elmwood Avenue (late 1700's) are two of the oldest structures in the Borough.

The present day Lorup Farm was, at the turn of the Century, engaged in turtle and frog raising, with its primary market for their products being New York. This was discontinued after the passage of the Interstate Commerce laws prohibiting shipment out of the state.

In November of 1903, the Folcroft Fire Company was founded as the Darby Township No. 1. After the Borough incorporated, the name was changed to Folcroft Fire Department No. 1. The original firehouse was on Baltimore and Avenue A. In 1925, the company moved to a firehouse on Primos and Shallcross Avenues. In 1978, the company again moved to their present location on Delmar Avenue. The original school house, on Hook Road, is still standing. However, it has been converted to a private residence.

  1. Directions Associates Planning Consultants, Comprehensive Plan for the Borough of Folcroft, 1982, elibrary.pacounties.org, accessed July, 2017.
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