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Glen Mills is an unincorporated community in Concord Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, United States about 27 miles west of Philadelphia. The zip code for Glen Mills is 19342.

Glen Mills, Pennsylvania
Unincorporated community
Railway station, built 1882[1]
Railway station, built 1882[1]
Glen Mills, Pennsylvania is located in Pennsylvania
Glen Mills, Pennsylvania
Glen Mills, Pennsylvania
Location of Glen Mills in Pennsylvania
Glen Mills, Pennsylvania is located in the United States
Glen Mills, Pennsylvania
Glen Mills, Pennsylvania
Glen Mills, Pennsylvania (the United States)
Coordinates: 39°55′09″N 75°29′30″W / 39.91917°N 75.49167°W / 39.91917; -75.49167Coordinates: 39°55′09″N 75°29′30″W / 39.91917°N 75.49167°W / 39.91917; -75.49167
CountryUnited States
213 ft (65 m)
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)610 and 484
DesignatedSeptember 23, 1997[2]



The area around Glen Mills was part of the original land grant given to William Penn in 1681. George Cheyney was the first settler here, for which the nearby town of Cheyney is named. Later, this land was sold and divided. The name Glen Mills is taken from two paper mills built by the Willcox family, one in 1835 and the second in 1846. From 1864 to 1878, these mills supplied the United States government with a special, patented paper for the printing of government bonds and notes.

The Glen Mills are no longer standing, but the grist mill built by Nathaniel Newlin in 1704 still stands and is a popular destination for picnickers and history buffs alike. A blacksmith shop was built on the former property in 1975.[3] The Newlin Mill Complex was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.[4]

The West Chester and Philadelphia Railroad arrived in Glen Mills c. 1858, and provided train service between Philadelphia and West Chester.[5] The Pennsylvania Railroad took control of the rail line in 1880. Passenger trains through Glen Mills were operated by SEPTA until 1986. The West Chester Railroad, a heritage railway, currently operates trains between Glen Mills and West Chester on weekends.

A "wild west" themed restaurant/roadside attraction known as "The Longhorn Ranch" operated in Glen Mills during the 1960s. In the 1980s, that same site was the location of Pulsations nightclub. The site is currently the location of a retirement community.

A Glen Mills resident, pilot Michael R. Horrocks, died in the September 11, 2001 attacks. He was the first officer on Flight 175, the second plane to hit the World Trade Center.[6]


The Golf Course at Glen Mills was designed by Bobby Weed and is connected to the Glen Mills Schools. The golf facility is used to train students in golf operations and turf management.[7]


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  1. ^ Thornbury Township, PA (2009). "Comprehensive Plan 2004, Chapter 2: Regional Setting and Historic Perspective." p. 2-5.
  2. ^ "PHMC Historical Markers Search" (Searchable database). Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Retrieved 2015-02-11.
  3. ^ History, Agriculture - Newlin Grist Mill
  4. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09.
  5. ^ Ashmead, Henry G. (1884). "XX. Traveling and Transportation". History of Delaware County, Pennsylvania. Philadelphia: L.H. Everts. p. 199.
  6. ^ Michael R. Horrocks, 38, Glen Mills, Pa
  7. ^ "Vocational Training" Golf Course at Glen Mills website