Why Phoenixville: An Overview

Why Phoenixville: An Overview

Why Phoenixville?

Before we were Phoenixville, we were Manavon, settled in 1732 with a dam across French Creek that powered a flour mill. It wasn’t until the borough was incorporated in 1849 that it took the name of Phoenix Iron Works and became Phoenixville as we know it today. Since then, Phoenixville has endured a rich industrial history of steel mills, iron companies, and textile factories. The sustained production made Phoenixville a large marketing and trade center and necessitated the hospital that still stands today.

Our factories are no longer operating – the Phoenix Steel Corporation closed its doors in 1987 – but we’re experiencing a period of renewed prosperity as a cultural and commercial hub. In fact, in early 2015, Phoenixville was named a Top Town of the Philadelphia Countryside for its full calendar of annual events, unique retail, and notable attractions. So Welcome, Discover, and Enjoy.  We’re so glad you’re here.


Are you moving?

If you’re planning to move to Phoenixville, explore the Relocation tab for information on demographics, schools, and healthcare. You can also learn about our local parks, our three municipalities and your elected officials.

Are you visiting?

To learn more about arts, culture, annual events, and things to do in Phoenixville, visit Attractions. For information about where to stay while you visit, see Accommodations. To find some great restaurants and shopping opportunities, visit Dining & Retail.

Are you looking to learn more?

Phoenixville has a thriving community. You can learn more about our history, the arts in Phoenixville, and our full calendar of events.