Welcome to Ambler Boro
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A Nineteenth-Century Hometown Hero Gave This Borough Its Name.
Like multiple neighboring towns, the land that would come to be known as Ambler was initially inhabited by the Lenape Indians. In the early 1700s, William Penn sold a tract of land to two brothers, Charles and William Harmer, who built a grist mill powered by the Wissahickon Creek. The town eventually sprung up around the mill and came to be known as Ambler after a famous resident’s heroic deed. After a train wreck in 1856 at the Wissahickon station, Mary Johnson Ambler, who ran a homestead, rushed on foot two miles to the scene to administer help to the injured passengers. Throughout the 1900s, settlers from Europe, especially a large population of Italians, moved to Ambler to work in the factories and mills. Many of these settlers’ ancestors still live here today.
What to Expect
Affordable and Accessible with a Freshly Revitalized Town Center.
Ambler isn’t just a great place to live, but also an attraction for those in neighboring towns. The small-town vibe is enhanced by sustainable local businesses, restaurants, and cultural attractions.
Growing Families and Prior Generations Form a Community of Hardworking People.
Both young and old enjoy the quality of life in Ambler and consider it an unrivaled social, cultural, and commercial hub. Main Street, which was developed under the guidance of an active nonprofit group, anchors the community with its unique and well-maintained atmosphere. With multiple recreational areas, including a skate park, Ambler invites outdoor activity.
A Walkable Main Street Shaped by its Culture, Commerce, and Cuisine.
The Act II Playhouse and the Ambler Theater are two lovingly maintained destinations along Main Street that serve as attractions for miles around. Enjoy dinner before your show or movie at one of the numerous restaurants that line the street, and stroll the pedestrian-friendly area when the weather’s nice.
A Home for Every Budget, From Victorian to Modern, Spacious to Cozy.
Though there is plenty of new home construction happening in Ambler, the possibilities for buying an existing home are endless as well. The highly touted schools, numerous churches, and plentiful park spaces are all within a comfortable distance from the residential areas.
You'll Fall in Love With
Year-Round Happenings in This Charming Borough.
Along with the daily goings-on downtown on Main Street, Ambler has a year-round calendar of events. The Farmer’s Market takes place from May to October on Saturdays, and also during these months, the boro hosts First Fridays. Restaurant Week happens once in the Winter and in the Summer, there is an Auto Show in May, and June welcomes the Ambler Arts and Music Festival. Each fall, Oktoberfest also helps the town to welcome the autumn season, and a Christmas Parade ushers in the holidays.
Forest & Main Brewing Co.has an ever-changing draft list of beers brewed within this restored 1880s Victorian home, along with an impressive selection of cans and bottles. The menu is comprised of eclectic comfort food. Visit Pie and Plate for a ‘slice of heaven’ - this cozy spot serves soups, salads, pastries, and of course, pies, of both the sweet and savory variety. When you’re ready to decorate, head to Roost Ambler. With a lovingly curated mix of items for your home, Roost encourages you to ‘entertain, decorate and celebrate’. Another not-to-miss spot as you move in is Deck’s Hardware, a neighborhood institution since 1908. Deck’s serves as a great alternative to Big Box home improvement stores, with walls covered in tools and hardware you may not find elsewhere.