A Day in the Life in Rose Valley
It’s a midsummer dawn and you’ve just awoken. If you live in the historic borough of Rose Valley, chances are that you have a pretty wooded view to gaze out on while you sip your coffee. This tiny .74 mile borough is sheltered between the curve of Ridley Creek and a wooded hillside dotted with Arts & Crafts bungalows and unique attractions.
The sun is coming up, but you have a comfortable route under lush shade trees down the many walking trails and paths that connect the homes and attractions of the borough. Drop off the kids at the School at Rose Valley’s amazing summer camp. Here, children are taking swimming lessons, learning skills on the farm, and even working as counselors-in-training.
On your walk from camp to the train, wander down to the scenic Old Mill, where many a special occasion has been celebrated among the ivy covered walls of the old stone edifice. Rose Valley Borough‘s office is also located at the Old Mill.
The Moylan-Rose Valley train station allows a quick half hour commute to center city. Plenty of commuters continue on to Manhattan. Alternately, hop on 95 in your car to reach the Philadelphia International Airport in just twenty minutes.
When the day is done, a jaunt down the wooded trails from nearly any home in the borough will lead you to the Rose Valley Swim and Tennis Club. This picturesque summer paradise might remind you of the “watermelon walk” at Kellerman’s in the 1987 film, Dirty Dancing. Quiet, shaded pools under the ancient sycamores, and use of four tennis courts are just a few of the perks open to anyone who joins.
End your evening with a visit to Hedgerow Theatre. Tucked under the trees, this Arts & Crafts gem is home to a fantastic repertory theater with a full season of main stage productions as well as classes and opportunities for children and adults to roll up their sleeves and do some acting or backstage work.
On the weekend, you’re planning a tour of Thunderbird Lodge, the beautiful 1904 William Price farmhouse and studio that was donated by the Olmsted family to become the Rose Valley Museum in 2015. Here you’ll pore over the history of the artistry and architecture of the Arts & Crafts movement, and its significance to the borough.
When the evening is over, let the pretty walking trails guide you home again. Even as you soak in your last gaze at the peaceful beauty of the woods and creek before bed, it’s exciting to know that another day of simple pleasures and a quick commute to the city will all be at your fingertips again.