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The village of Hallowell, centered at the intersection of Governors Road and the Doylestown-Willow Grove Turnpike (now Easton Road), is one of 5 villages that grew up in the early days of Horsham Township.

When the Doylestown-Willow Grove Turnpike was made a public highway north of Privet Road in 1839, the village of Davis Grove lost its position as a strategic crossroads. At the same time, the settlement along the turnpike near Justinian K. Hallowell’s hotel became important. This became known as the village of Hallowell. (39)

We recently discovered - as part of our Document Preservation Project - a map titled "Roads to Graeme Park" by Marc? Reynolds Brothers, Doylestown, PA. We date this between 1924 when Harold Pitcairn began Pitcairn Aviation (which is also shown on the map) and the mid 1940s when the Willow Grove Naval Air Station was created here. This map shows the villages of Davis Grove and Hallowell.

photo of Roads-to-Graeme-Park-Davis-Grove-Babylon
Davis Grove Babylon Road Pitcairn
detail of map Roads to Graeme Park (1924-45?) showing village of Davis Grove at intersection of Privet and Governor Rds - now part of WGNAS
photo of Roads-to-Graeme-Park-Davis-Grove-Babylon
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