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Do you live in Providence Village? Did you know your neighborhood had a name?

The corner of Providence and Rose Valley Roads was known as Palmer’s Corner. It marked a corner of the Palmer-Ryan farm.

In 1939, on 50 acres of the former farm, at Rose Valley Road and East Country Club Lane, Roach and Roach Builders began construction on Providence Village. The parcel was divided into 38 homesites of approximately 1/4 acre each. The developer seemed to be of two minds when marketing the location; in some ads calling the neighborhood “Providence Village of Swarthmore” and others calling it “Providence Village in Wallingford.” In every ad, the bucolic setting was described – “The location…with its adjoining golf course and century old wooded section will appeal to you and your family and will maintain its present desirability for all time.” The adjoining course was the public Mary Lyons Golf Course which had not yet been developed. Private Springhaven Club (at that time offering swimming, tennis and golf) was just to the south. The wooded section was described as “ten acres of virgin hardwood forest” Continue reading

The Springhaven Club – Delaware County’s First Golf Club

Springhaven Clubhouse, c.1907

The Golf Association of Philadelphia’s website includes a brief history of Delaware County’s first golf club – the Springhaven Club, formed in 1896.

Eleanor Reed toured Europe in the summer of 1896, saw golf being played in France, tried it herself, fell under its spell, and returned to her home in Media eager to organize a golf club there. Fortunately, several of her neighbors— Dr. Casper T. Miller, who had also recently played in Europe, and Henry and Ida Dixon, who had been introduced to the game some months earlier in Bermuda— were equally enthusiastic.

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