Phoenixville is a borough in Chester County, Pennsylvania, United States, 28 miles (45 km) northwest of Philadelphia, at the junction of French Creek with the Schuylkill River. The population was 14,788 at the 2000 census.
The Valley Forge Christian College, located in neighboring Schuylkill and Charlestown Townships, is a part of this community, using the land belonging to the former Valley Forge General Hospital. The hospital was built in 1942 to accommodate the wounded of World War II. It was scheduled to be closed around 1949, but remained open until after the Vietnam War, closing in 1975.
Every year the Phoenixville Jaycees host their annual Dogwood Festival. The festival begins in April with the crowning of the Dogwood Queen and the annual Dogwood Pageant. In the weeks following, a celebration for newly crowned Queen and her court occurs as the public is invited to join in at the Dogwood Ball. Typically the Dogwood Fair begins the third week in May at Reeves Park and continues for six days (Monday-Saturday). The fair is full of carnival rides, food vendors, and local entertainment and attracts over 90,000 individuals every year. To cap off the festival, Saturday brings the community together for the annual Dogwood Parade, the largest parade in Chester County. Reeves park is a classic community green with a bandshell to host concerts and special gatherings.
Since 2004 on the first Friday night of every month the downtown stores, restaurants and businesses and volunteer community groups hold special events. There are street musicians and entertainers every half block and the sidewalks are filled with local residents and those from the surrounding communities. In the summer there have been free outdoor concerts in the downtown which bring thousands of people to gather as a community. Local music venues as the Steel City Coffee House offer an intimate place to see nationally known and up and coming musical artists.
Also marking Phoenixville's renaissance is the highly successful addition of the Iron Hill Brewery and the re-opening of the unique.. Bridge Street, Phoenixville's main thoroughfare, is a hotbed of revitalization with the addition of new retail shops—where you can find a plethora of shops offereing one of a kind items.
Retail includes several gift shops, new and used bookstores such as the award-winning Wolfgang Books, multiple antique shops, music shop, liquor store, children's clothing, and more. Restaurants include Majolica, Iron Hill Brewery, The Columbia Hotel, the highly regarded Black Lab Bistro and several casual-style pizza and Irish bars including Molly Maguire's and P.J. Ryan's. Phoenixville is the home of Irish Joe's Cafe, named for 1950's era local boxer Irish Joe Rowan.
Phoenixville also houses Chester County's only Dive Rescue team. Dive Rescue 77 operates out of Phoenixville Fire Department station 66, on the North Side. They have plenty to do at times, as the Black Rock Dam on the Schuylkill makes a great place for boating but a bad place for swimming. Trails line both sides of Schuylkill. There is a workable, recently restored nineteenth century lock and gatekeeper's house just across the River. On the Phoenixville side not far from the boat launching area this is a small wildlife preserve that's a great spot for birding.
Phoenixville has several beds and breakfasts and is the western gateway to Valley Forge National Park.
Phoenixville is also the home of White Horse Rugby. White Horse Rugby Football Club, a mens club that is a member of the Eastern Pennsylvania Rugby Union EPRU and USA Rugby. White Horse Rugby was established in July of 2002 with the vision of revitilizing the local concept of a Rugby Club and approach to the game. White Horse Rugby also has a high school / U19 boys rugby team, the Mustangs.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 3.8 square miles (9.7 km²), of which, 3.6 square miles (9.3 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.4 km²) of it (4.27%) is water. Phoenixville was home to Showalter's Dairy until it closed in the early 1980s. Phoenixville is home of the highest recorded temperature in Pennsylvania, 111 degrees Fahrenheit, set in 1936.
There were 6,460 households out of which 26.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.4% were married couples living together, 11.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 43.1% were non-families. 35.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.25 and the average family size was 2.99.
In the borough the population was spread out with 22.5% under the age of 18, 7.7% from 18 to 24, 36.2% from 25 to 44, 19.7% from 45 to 64, and 13.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 93.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.4 males.
The median income for a household in the borough was $42,500, and the median income for a family was $54,424. Males had a median income of $40,319 versus $32,295 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $22,911. About 4.2% of families and 6.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.7% of those under age 18 and 9.5% of those age 65 or over.
DINNIMAN ANNOUNCES $250,000 IN STATE FUNDING FOR PHOENIXVILLE'S COLONIAL THEATRE TO HELP IT PURCHASE, RENOVATE ADJACENT CHESTER COUNTY BANK BUILDING.
Oct 07, 2011; WEST CHESTER -- The following information was released by the Pennsylvania State Senator Andrew E. Dinniman: State Senator Andy...
PHOENIXVILLE'S GAY STREET BRIDGE NAMED FOR VETERANS DINNIMAN: "VETERANS MEMORIAL BRIDGE WILL BE A CONSTANT REMINDER OF OUR LOCAL HEROES".
Feb 12, 2010; HARRISBURG, PA -- The following information was released by the Pennsylvania State Senate, State Senator Andrew E. Dinniman (D):...