Montgomery County, commonly referred to as “Montco” by locals, was created in 1784 out of land originally part of Philadelphia County. It is believed to be named after either Richard Montgomery, an American Revolutionary War general killed in 1775 while attempting to capture Quebec City, or for the Welsh county of Montgomeryshire, as it was part of the Welsh tract, and area of Pennsylvania settled by Quakers from Wales. The county has a total of 483 square miles. Montco is included in the Philadelphia-Camden-Willmington Metropolitan Area, also known as the Delaware Valley. Montgomery County was named the 9th “Best County to Raise a Family in the Country” by Forbes.
Points of Interest:
John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove: Built in 1762, Mill Grove was the first American home of renowned artist and author John James Audubon. Today the 175-acre estate remains largely as Audubon found it. Now a haven for birds and wildlife, it serves as an educational center, dedicated to connecting people with nature.
Peter Wentz Farmstead: The Wentz home became temporary headquarters for General George Washington and his staff in 1777.
King of Prussia Mall: Opened in 1963 as a small open-air shopping mall, the King of Prussia Mall is now the largest retail shopping mall in the nation, with over 450 stores and restaurants.
Elmwood Park Zoo: Founded in 192 when a private landlord donated a small piece of property and a handful of white-tailed deer to the Borough of Norristown. Today, the zoo is owned and operated by the Norristown Zoological Society, a non-profit organization whose mission is to foster an appreciation for wildlife and the environment. In 2016, Elmwood Park Zoo attained the elite status as one of only 230 institutions accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.