What a Crock in Chestnut Hill, PA

outside view of the chestnut hill market at the fairway


According to 2014 demographics, Chestnut Hill is home to 10,030 residents with a median household income of $80,174 and a median home sale price of $377,500. Located in the northwest corner of Philadelphia, this tiny neighborhood is 25 minutes from Center City.


History of Chestnut Hill

Chestnut Hill is one of Philadelphia’s historic neighborhoods. It borders Fairmont Park and is adjacent to Mt. Airy, another Philadelphia neighborhood. Chestnut Hill was established in 1854 in the Act of Consolidation. The state legislature annexed 129 miles land between the Schuylkill and Delaware Rivers to create this area. Once a summer retreat for those who lived in the city proper, the original names of Chestnut Hill were Sommerhausen and Cresheim. It was part of the German Township laid out by Francis Daniel Pastorius, who was the leader of the German immigrants in Philadelphia and the first agent to German investors in the neighborhood. Chestnut Hill was a meeting point for Philadelphians and the farmers who lived outside the city (the suburbs).

Chestnut Hill has its roots in the wartime. A battle of the American Revolution was fought here and then became home to the Mower U.S. Army General Hospital during the Civil War. In the mid-19th century, Chestnut Hill began to take shape as we know it today, a bedroom community of Center City. It’s also known as a “railroad suburb.”


Interesting Facts

  • The Morris Arboretum was originally an iron ore mining site. The iron for the famous ironworks in New Orleans was mined here.
  • The first paper mill in America built in 1690 on the Wissahickon Creek by Wilhelm Rittenhouse.
  • Chestnut Hill was once a favorite summer vacation spot due to its high elevation – 400 to 500 feet above sea level.


Things to Do in Chestnut Hill

There is so much to see and do in Chestnut Hill with its attractions, history, and shopping. There are also seasonal events, such as the Wands & Wizards in Chestnut Hill (October) and the Chestnut Hill Home & Garden Festival (May). Here are just a few of the attractions:

  1. Woodmere Art Museum – Explore American paintings and decorative arts in an elegant mansion. View over 2,500 pictures from various artists, including N.C. Wyeth and Violet Oakley.
  2. Wissahickon Valley Park – Enjoy 57 miles of trails in this beautiful 1,800-acre gorge. Experience the feeling of being in the wilderness while in Philadelphia.
  3. The Stagecrafters Theater – Since 1929, patrons have experienced professional stage productions in an intimate setting. It was voted “the number 1 live theater venue in Pennsylvania.”
  4. Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania – Originally the summer home (named Compton) for John and Lydia Morris, this luscious estate boasts beautiful gardens. You’ll find educational program, tours, demonstrations and more.  


What a Crock in Philadelphia County

What a Crock is known for its delicious slow-cooker meals. Word has spread, and we now have a location in Chestnut Hill and Quakertown, in addition to our Delaware County locations. We offer a variety of meals that you drop into your crockpot and go.

You can order online or call in your order. From soups and sandwiches and pasta to brisket, you’ll find something everyone in your family will love. We offer portion sizes, great prices, and gift cards! Contact us today to see how can reduce your time in the kitchen and your budget!