history of Olney

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From four typewritten pages found at the librarian's desk at the Greater Olney branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia, 2002.02.19.

The backbone of Old Olney was Tabor Road. It was put through in 1776 under King George II so that the Church of England members living in Germantown could get to Trinity Church at Disston Street and Oxford Avenue. Olney was born in a baronial atmosphere. Hamlets grew around big estates. Landlords controlled employment and took responsibility for the education and spiritual welfare of those on their land. They started churches and schools. The early families of the Tacony Creek region bought their land from old Trinity Church. The English set up cotton and woolen mills along the Tacony Creek for its water power. They were escapees from high taxes and the English spinning and weaving monopoly.



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