Lower Merion Suburban Development in the Late 19th and Early 20th Centuries

Welcome to the Suburban Development of Lower Merion Project

This project began in Fall 2013 when History students in a Junior Research Seminar reconstructed aspects of Ardmore society in the early twentieth century. In Spring 2015, students in another Junior Research Seminar turned their attention towards the inhabitants of the Mill Creek Valley in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. 
This website represents the collaborative efforts of those students, along with Villanova staff and faculty, and staff members of local archives and libraries.  Click on the images below to explore each of the two research projects. Note that due to copyright concerns, some images within the site are only viewable from on campus.


Mill Creek Valley