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Classic Towns

A classic town is part Main Street America, part local culture. With so much well-preserved history, abundant natural resources and culture and dynamic downtown institutions, Greater Philadelphia provides a fertile landscape for dozens of classic towns. They are as old as Manayunk and Germantown. They provide cultural holidays, like a weekend in New Hope, or distinctive shopping like in West Chester. They are re-born when places like Ardmore on the Main Line print their own money to support its business district, or Phoenixville in Montgomery County restores its old movie theater. Classic towns have maintained their luster here, and shine anew for visitors and locals alike.

Classic Towns Features

A historic home along the River Line

Riding the (regional) Rails: Water views and historic towns on the River Line

We're hopping aboard yet again, exploring intriguing South Jersey hamlets Bordentown, Burlington City and Riverside. Whether you're looking for hot pizzas, cold beers, charming homes or changing main streets, this waterfront adventure has you covered.

Lou's in Norristown

Riding the (regional) Rails: Norristown, Conshohocken, Manayunk & Roxborough

As the weather warms, we're back at it: jumping on SEPTA to explore the region's hidden gems. In this installment, the erstwhile R6 line gets a workout with stops for cold beers, Mexican eats, a cheesesteak rivalry and the mysterious 'zep.' 

The Inn at Jim Thorpe

Weekend Getaway: Your summer won't be complete without a visit to Jim Thorpe

Whether you're looking to bike, hike, paddle, antique or sip local brews, this Poconos hamlet has you covered. And if you're also excited by dramatic stories of history and revitalization, Jim Thorpe has that, too.

An aerial view of historic Brownsville

Statewide Spotlight: Bringing Back Brownsville

This historic town along the Monongahela River is on the comeback trail, and some of its youngest citizens are leading the charge. New parks, exciting development projects and rehabs of iconic buildings are all part of the area's rebirth.

The Antique Center in Haddonfield

Haddonfield: Charm and history in a town across the river

This posh hamlet is bursting with independent shops and colonial architecture -- and it's a quick trip from Philadelphia via PATCO. How did Haddonfield get this way? It's been an interesting ride. 
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