About Ambler, PA

Community

Lower Gwynedd Township

Ambler Yards is situated at the southern tip of Lower Gwynedd Township, close to the Ambler border. Lower Gwynedd is a beautiful and flourishing historic community rooted in tradition and culture. Lower Gwynedd prides itself on its natural balance between historic preservation and modern living.

Lower Gwynedd is home to Johnson & Johnson and Seimens, Gwynedd Mercy University and one of the top school districts in Montgomery County.  It is easily accessible from the PA Turnpike via Route 309 and has two SEPTA regional rail stations. The township has a healthy mix of residential, commercial and industrial zones and is poised to welcome a $20 million revitalization project at the town center.  Lower Gwynedd boasts over 150 acres of parks and open space and over 25 miles of trails, including a connection to the Green Ribbon Trail in 2016.  Lower Gwynedd is one of the most sought after addresses in Montgomery County and a desirable place to live, work and play.

Learn More about Lower Gwynedd Township at: http://lowergwynedd.org



Community

Ambler Borough 

Downtown Ambler is a walkable, social, cultural and business center with terrific curb appeal, and excellent transportation access to the surrounding communities in the Delaware Valley. Combine this with eclectic shopping, award-winning entertainment options, delectable dining, a ‘Best of Philly’ brew pub, and professional services, all located in a captivating, small-town setting.

Home to the famed Ambler Theater, Act II Playhouse and Temple University’s Ambler Campus, Ambler is easily accessible via SEPTA and also from the PA Turnpike, and routes 76, 309 and 476. Plenty of free and affordable parking options are available in town.

Ambler hosts many well-attended annual events throughout the year, including the Auto Show (May), Ambler Arts & Music Festival (June), OktoberFest (October), Christmas Parade (December), and Restaurant Week (January and July). Learn More about Downtown Amber at: http://amblermainstreet.org

Ambler History

Ambler was originally known as the Village of Wissahickon, named for the North Pennsylvania Railroad depot established there in the mid-1850s. The town was renamed ‘Ambler’ in 1869 in honor of Mary Ambler because of her selfless efforts after The Great Train Wreck of 1856.

On July 17, 1856, a northbound train on the North Pennsylvania Railroad Line, nicknamed the “Picnic Special” by Philadelphians heading into the country for the day, collided head on with a southbound train, between the Fort Washington and Camp Hill stations. It was carrying more than 1,000 passengers. When word of the train accident reached Mary Ambler, a civic-minded woman known for helping the ill and injured, she gathered medical supplies, walked several miles to the site of the train accident and helped orchestrate rescue and relief operations.

After her death in 1868 Mary Ambler was honored and immortalized for her heroism. North Pennsylvania Railroad changed the name of Wissahickon Station to Ambler Station. In 1888, the village and post office of Wissahickon also adopted the Ambler name as well.