History of West Norriton

Historical Synopsis

We started when William Penn’s son, William, sold Williamstadt to Isaac Norris and William Trent in 1704. In 1730, the court agreed that Williamstadt should be a township and the Township of Norriton was created. Norriton included what is today West Norriton, Norristown, and East Norriton. In 1812, Norriton was divided and the Borough of Norristown was established. On March 9, 1909, the Township of Norriton was again divided, this time into West Norriton and East Norriton. On March 9, 2009, both townships celebrated their centennial.

The History of West Norriton (Book)

The book entitled "The History of West Norriton" has been available for a few months, and readers are giving it very good reviews. Some of the comments have been:

  • “I read the book from cover to cover and was fascinated.”
  • “I had no idea that there was so much I didn’t know about West Norriton.”
  • “Every West Norriton home should have this book.”
  • “It would be great if the schools could use this and teach local history.”

The book is 100 pages and full of pictures, both old and new. The chapters deal with old houses, transportation from stage coaches to the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, the Police Department, the Fire Company, and much more. There is a chapter on folklore and legends that talks about the “West Norriton Ghost” and explains how Six Boys Woods got its name.

Purchasing a Copy

The book is available at the Township Office for $10, or you can send $12.50 ($10 for the book and $2.50 for shipping and handling) to:
History Book
West Norriton Township
1630 W. Marshall St.
Jeffersonville, PA 19403