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It seems in the fall, many communities are having community days. In the continuing Slice of Suburbia series, I am taking you out to Skippack.Skippack Village

Skippack is about 2.5 square mile town located on Rte 73 headed out towards Lansdale and Montgomeryville area. When I got out there for Skippack Days, I wandered through tents and stores that had sidewalk sales items set out. In addition to all the great stores having great fall sales, vendors were set up for Skippack Days- Call kinds of crafts, food, entertainment and family fun. Skippack has been celebrating this tradition for 38 years.

Some main attractions to Skippack are Evansburg State Park and the Central Montgomery Park, in addition to several other parks offering miles of trails to wander along. The State Park offers a variety of recreational opportunities including hunting, fishing, horseback riding and an 18-hole golf course. A community theater, Playcrafters of Skippack, features productions year round. There are two main industries in Skippack Village - one of which is tourism (Ahem. And Shopping!).

Skippack has so many shoppes that I barely knew which way to go- 80 places to shop and eat! The weather was perfect, vendors were out and there were so many places with such great deals that even though I put myself on a budget, I still ended up shopping. I got some amazing Italian art (for a very good price- under $10!) some cute and spooky Halloween décor for under $5 each and a pottery serving tray and a tile for under $30. Yes, it was a productive day.

One of my favorite stores was Le Butler's Pantry. Several roomfuls of kitchen serve ware, gourmet teas and coffees and serve items, herbs and spices, wine and martini glasses, cutlery, glassware, pottery and BBQ items- anything for a seasoned or neophyte chef. This place was a dream, and I definitely will be back! Le Blue Goose, Custom Interiors offered some great items, and specialty art.

Skippack VillageI think my favorite place was Green Wolf’s Antiques and Village Barn Shoppe- a huge barn with antiques, painted furniture, candles, and so many cool and eclectic items. There’s even an old restored church pew I have my eye on. Steve Crockett’s blacksmithing and Fox & Wolf, Inc woodworkers were demonstrating their craft outside, while many others enjoyed the day.

The former Trolley Stop Restaurant- now Hotel Fiesole incorporates an original Trolley as a ‘dining car’- is a reminder of the rural trolley service that ran in the early 1900s.Skippack Village

Antiques, furniture, restaurants, handcrafted and wooden items, art galleries are places to visit in Skippack, and if you’re not sure what to do or where to go, just strolling around is an option. And if decorating is your thing, be sure to join the First Annual Skippack Village Scarecrow Contest and head out to the Children’s Halloween Parade on October 17. (http://www.bestofskippack.com/events.htm)

Skippack Village also has a notable place in history as well. The village was one of General George Washington's encampments during the Revolutionary War, just before the Battle of Germantown and his historical stay at Valley Forge.

As I was wandering around Skippack Days, I heard a lady saying to a friend that even though real estate and rent is going up, people are committed to keeping Skippack small and quant, and it’s true. This is a great little town.

Skippack was settled around 1683 by German farmers who apparently came in such droves Benjamin Franklin was afraid Philly would become a German-speaking city, so the city fathers told the newly arrived immigrates and later arrivals to settle further up the Schuylkill and continued up the Perkiomen Creek and the Skippack Creek to a point where travel was not possible because of shallow water. This point is where Skippack Creek crosses Skippack Pike in Skippack Township. In their native Pennsylvania Dutch, they said they were "Schippach." No matter how you say it, this is a fun little village to visit, shop and stay in!

Skippack Village

4059 Skippack Pike 
Skippack, PA 19474

Phone: 610-584-6004

Official Website