Do You Remember?

  • Tic Tac Tie
  • Max For Snacks, later The Pickle Barrel
  • The Valley Forge Drive In
  • The Valley Forge Diner
  • The Valley Fore Home Center
  • The Valley Forge Inn
  • Pete-Za-Rama
  • The Piccadilly Arcade then re-named The Continental Arcade
  • Ej Korvette
  • Brookmeade’s Valley Forge Dairy Cottage, Maplecroft Farm’s Dairy Bar, The Betsy Ross Restaurant (Best Ice Cream In Town), later The Sting, The Baron’s Inn, and now Creed’s
  • Wt Grant
  • The Viking Hut
  • Wally Whopper (Burger King’s less than happy manager)
  • All You Can Eat Fish Fry At Ho Jo’s
  • The Purple Cow
  • The Big Chicken At Nor-View Farm
  • Perry’s Deli, now Michael’s Deli
  • Brooks Sporting Goods, later Herman’s
  • Wilson’s Exxon
  • Tommy’s Texaco
  • Ambrose Sunoco
  • Cummins Atlantic, Exxon
  • Bill & Dave’s Getty
  • Victoria Station, later Rib-It
  • Adult Gifts
  • Queen Tv
  • Eric King Theatre
  • Bonnie Barn
  • So Fro Fabrics
  • Plaza Pets
  • Dieckhaus
  • Wanamaker, Gimbels
  • Wanamaker’s Tire Center
  • Lafayette Radio & Electronics
  • Record Revolution
  • Eddie’s Barber Shop
  • Pat’s Barber Shop
  • Valley’s Restaurant, later Casa Maria, an ugly Computer Store, then Petsmart, and now…
  • Gaudio’s
  • Slax N’ Jacks
  • Fw Woolworth’s
  • Jackmans
  • Spa Vita Nova, later Queen Tv And Appliance
  • Dutch Pantry, later Alfalfa’s, later Pastabilities, and then Hooters
  • Food Fair
  • The Chemist Shop
  • Open Pantry
  • The Happy Viking
  • Wicks N Sticks
  • Gino’s
  • Horn & Hardart, later Steak ‘N Brew, later Aspen, then Sportsters
  • Morris Weisbaum’s Drug Store
  • Supplee Dairy
  • Walker’s Farm And Meats
  • The Sticky Bun
  • The Pickle Barrel
  • Florsheim Shoes And Barber Shop
  • Peoples National Bank, Later American Bank, Meridian, Core States, First Union, Wachovia, Wells Fargo…whew!old American Bank
  • Western Savings Bank
  • Bill Ding’s Home Center
  • Burt’s Shoe Store
  • Bakers Shoes
  • Flagg Bros.
  • Shoes
  • The Door For Happy Children
  • Thom Mcann
  • Italian Delight
  • Yankee Doodle Restaurant
  • Beefsteak Charlie’s, later Tgi Friday
  • The Inn Of The Four Falls
  • Robert E. Lee Hardware
  • The Escalator Ramp and the Santa Claus House at The Valley Forge Shopping Center
  • Beck’s (On The Boulevard)
  • Donut Land
  • Hanscom’s Bakery
  • The Inn, The Shoe Repair and The Laundromat
  • King Of Prussia Lanes
  • Wolfsohn Memorial Library
  • The Tac House At Walker Field

Plaza clock tower 1960

Things To Never Forget:

  • The Singing Bridge (over the Schuylkill in Valley Forge)
  • The Hanging Rock
  • The wind blowing the leaves around the stores as you walked outside of the old King Of Prussia Plaza in the fall.

Trivia Questions:

1. What Movie Was Playing At The King Theatre (and had to be interrupted) The Night Grants Burned Down?

2. What Flag Was Home Made?

125 comments for “Do You Remember?

  1. NancyLee Rodenberg Bergey
    July 11, 2015 at 11:39 AM

    Does anyone have photos of the barn/farm that was replaced by the Township Building?
    I grew up on Heather Road, so that was the view from my back yard.

    • editor
      August 16, 2015 at 10:21 AM

      New Book – Upper Merion Township: The First 300 Years has pics of the barn!

  2. Michael Milner
    June 3, 2015 at 8:03 PM

    We lived in the Belmont Terrace section of KOP from February of 1966 to October of 1972 . . . so many memories: riding our bikes to the Upper Merion Swim Club, Lemon Sticks at the Belmont Elementary School Fair, Valley Forge Park sledding, Nor-View Farm ice cream, the Charles Chips truck, Double Features and 4th of July fireworks traffic at the drive in, Little League Baseball and playing street hockey with an old tennis ball. But the most unusual thing was seeing Tom Jones, looking out of his open limousine window, while stuck in traffic on DeKalb Pike – my mom said that he was on his way to the Valley Forge Music Fair . . .

  3. Preesi
    May 20, 2015 at 10:14 PM

    That postcard above was what the KOP Plaza looked like when Dave Letterman first started on Late Night.
    Wow just wow!!

  4. Steverino
    February 22, 2015 at 9:46 PM

    In the late 60’s, I remember the scary security guard lady that used to patrol the K of P mall parking lots in some sort of three wheeled vehicle.

  5. John Hanley
    February 20, 2015 at 12:36 PM

    When I was born in 1937, my parents were living on the grounds of the Valley Forge Golf Club, where my father was employed. We lived there until around 1943 when my father took a defense job welding ships in Chester. KoP was just a crossroads with a stoplight then. Although I live in Texas now, I have driven past the old VFGC on visits through the years. Shame to see it was finally sold and bulldozed for development. My parents are buried in Valley Forge Gardens Cemetery. Some distant memories for me.

  6. matt bishop
    January 30, 2015 at 1:32 PM

    VIKING HUT!

  7. Ray johnson
    December 7, 2014 at 5:52 PM

    My dad was one of the main chefs at the peacock inn.. I worked there as a busboy on weekends in the late 60’s

    • Michael Milner
      May 30, 2015 at 4:55 PM

      Speaking of great food, what about Vitos’ Pizza when it was still at the Valley Forge Shopping Center, and Franzone’s in nearby Bridgeport? We lived in Belmont Terrace from 1966 to 1972 . . .

  8. Kevin McMullen
    December 2, 2014 at 9:24 PM

    Record Revolution ROCKED!

  9. Jack Foell
    November 20, 2014 at 7:53 AM

    Who remembers the Village Mart and the Getty Car Wash on Henderson Road? Bill and Dave owned it as well as their station on 202 next to Ginos. Worked for them in the early 70’s, curious if they are still around? Last I saw Bill, he was operating a pinball/video hangout behind the Valley Forge Shopping Center next to the Greyhound terminal in the late 70’s possibly early 80’s.

  10. Jim meenan
    November 13, 2014 at 4:30 PM

    What was the name of the magic shop in the mall?

    • GC
      January 14, 2015 at 8:58 AM

      The Fun Shop

  11. Frank Moore
    July 22, 2014 at 10:10 AM

    I lived in King of Prussia from 1973 to 1981. It is such a great place and I miss it so much. Does anyone remember Victoria Station or the Dutch Pantry? How about Record Revolution? All of the places that are mentioned by everyone bring back a lot of great memories. Thanks!

    • sharon miller lackovic
      August 10, 2014 at 10:31 PM

      Do you remember skipping school to go to valley forge park & rolling down the hill near general waynes statue? I worked at woolworths for my first job. I remember the ramp in the mall near , was it wanamakers? And hanging at the purple cow. How about the farm next to the mall (where the court is) and how they said nothing could be build there because of sink holes. I have never been to a class reunion-anyone know about one for the class of 73? Thanks for all the memories, really miss some of those times.

      • Sal Semola
        March 29, 2015 at 2:03 PM

        Great site, thanks to Mike Morrison for making it happen

        Hi Sharon. Sorry you missed the ’73 reunions. I don’t know when the next one is but there is an unofficial one every Wednesday before Thanksgiving at Pepper’s (location of the old bowling alley @the Valley Forge Shopping Center). You will also see people for other years as well. If you email me your contact info I will forward it to the reunion committee so you are on their list. spsemola@gmail.com Take care

      • Michael Milner
        May 30, 2015 at 4:45 PM

        What about SLEDDING down the hill in front of General Wayne’s statue in Valley Forge Park in the winter and watching the Radio Controlled planes fly in the park during the warmer months?

  12. barbara
    July 11, 2014 at 12:15 AM

    I remember the old Plaza, The Rainbow Room where my ex treated me to an incredible birthday meal, the Valley Forge Diner, Valle’s Steak House, H.J.’s and Kiddie City. We lived in Phoenixville and hung out at the mall quite a bit.

  13. Rich D.
    March 18, 2014 at 11:05 PM

    I grew up in KofP in the 70’s and 80’s. Worked at the Hess Station, Skolnik’s Bagels in the plaza, and Tose Trucking. Had my teeth also straighted by Dr. Moreschi.

    Surprised no one has mentioned Space Port in the plaza. Along with the Purple Cow, a very popular hangout and a place where I spent a lot of quarters.

    We also spent summers a the Upper Merion Swim Club off of Anderson Road. That place was a lot of fun. Too bad they closed it after they found Tyson’s Dump behind the property.

    Other places worth a mention:
    Allied Hobbies at the Plaza
    The cave at Valley Forge Park
    7-11
    Angelo’s Pizza (minus the groper they had working there)
    Troubadour Music Shop (Valley Forge Shopping Center)
    House of Hunan
    Pizza Hut (Asteroids in the lobby)

    • editor
      March 19, 2014 at 7:09 AM

      Great memories! On the list it goes

      • Jim
        March 26, 2014 at 2:41 PM

        WOW, grew up in KOP, on Valley Gorge Rd, Lafayette Swim Club and skating. Worked at Hermans Sporting Goods, the Levits building, now Costco. Great Memories

        • Cameron Decker
          December 1, 2014 at 1:27 PM

          I worked at Herman’s Sporting Goods also. I believe it was in 1978 or 1979. I went by the nickname “Ron” back then and everyone who worked there called me “Guidry” after Ron Guidry. I think the manager’s last name was Adelman or something like that. Wow!!

    • Nancy
      March 27, 2014 at 6:33 AM

      How about the old drive in, the small playground right outside where you would buy snacks….What was the store that went in several years later where you could buy everything from toys to TV’s? Does anyone remember? I do remember the escalator that was outside of Grants, and then wheat Kidde City, gosh I miss those days, do not even recognize that shopping center now. Just remember my mom dragging me to the hairdressers on Saturday and going next door to the 5 and 10 store, they had the best penny candy ever. Sitting at Donut Land, going to the movies when they actually had the cartoons that played first…..The list does go on and on.

      • Barb Scheppner Shimer
        August 16, 2015 at 9:03 AM

        The store where the drive in had been was Basco’s which then was bought out by Best. They were a catalog merchandise company & you’re right – they had Everything! We used to shop there all the time.

    • Brian
      July 10, 2014 at 8:00 PM

      I dropped many a quarter in that Asteroids game in the lobby of Pizza Hut, plus many more in the Defender game at the front of the Vally Forge Drugs that eventually went in next to the old escalator ramp. (there was an indoor archery range for a while)

      A few more:
      Dairy Queen (on the other side of the escalator ramp)
      Strategy and Fantasy World (202 & Town Center Rd)
      Parrish’s (Somewhere in the middle of the Dutch Pantry, Alfalfa’s, Pastabilities, Hooters sequence)

    • barbara
      July 11, 2014 at 12:18 AM

      I wanted to ask you- you mention Troubadour’s music. Didn’t that end up being in Wayne? I think it’s the place where I bought my daughter’s first violin. I didn’t realize it started in KOP?

  14. pat (shine) godshall
    March 5, 2014 at 11:14 AM

    can’t believe Ed Mack’s didn’t make the list . Located behind Art Cummins’ Atlantic Station at the corner of Gulph Road and DeKalb Pike until highway construction caused its demise in early 50’s.

    • editor
      March 10, 2014 at 9:45 AM

      Many of the very old structures haven’t made the list frankly, because fewer and fewer folks remember them. Still, that does not diminish their place in our history. Thanks for adding to the list.

    • Lou DeSpirito
      October 22, 2014 at 3:21 PM

      Do you remember Ed Mack standing in front of his place with a shot gun threatening to shot the bulldozer operators if they tried to tear down his business because he believed he was not getting a fair price

  15. Jennifer Scutta Hanahan
    March 2, 2014 at 6:23 AM

    Wasn’t Donut Land on the corner, and then it later turned into a “Progressive Bank”? Not sure what it is now. I remember going there with my dad and sitting at the counter and trying to decide which was the best donut to choose. My dad woud always take me to Perry’s after church at Mother of Divine Providence (where I was married 25 years ago) to treat me to a pack of Teaberry Gum. That was the best! I really enjoyed reading everyone’s memories on this board. I miss the way things used to be.

    • editor
      March 10, 2014 at 9:43 AM

      Very true. Progress Bank replaced that wonderful Donutland.

  16. Leslie Caldwell
    February 8, 2014 at 6:36 PM

    Does anyone remember the Valley Forge Diner on 202? My parents used to take us there on special occasions. I always loved the veal parmigiana.

    • Lou DeSpirito
      October 22, 2014 at 3:23 PM

      Sure do, great people and great food

  17. Susan Prout McMahon
    February 7, 2014 at 7:00 PM

    Does anyone remember the Pensupreme? The FedEx/Kinko’s is now on that site at the corner of 202 and Town Center Road. We would all go there after dances and games (in the early 60’s). Lots of memories from KOP – the bowling alley, Perry’s Delicatessan, the Valley Forge Drive-in, The Purple Cow – I could go on and on.

    • Tom Voss
      March 31, 2014 at 10:48 AM

      Wow Susan,you wouldn’t believe the memories that came rushing to
      mind after reading your post. I remember going to Pensupreme after many occasions. One time a bunch of us did the old “Chew and Screw” after a dance or something. Preacher Joe at the church. Come to think of it I really had this thing for Mary Jensen but, never had the guts to ask her out. I worked at the A&P and Grants. Loved Perry’s hoggies. You’re right, I could go on and on.

    • Mike Richard
      February 18, 2015 at 8:07 PM

      Susan, double great memories. All that and more. Retired in Orlando, wishing I was 15 again.

  18. Bob
    February 6, 2014 at 2:57 PM

    I really do miss the old king of prussia and the vibe it gave off. I grew up in Bob White on Crestwood road and in Hughes Park on White ave. I miss how it use to be. Always good times to be had!

  19. Bob
    February 6, 2014 at 2:55 PM

    Im glad that adult gifts was on the list. I mentioned that place on the kofp page and no one played me any mind. I always remembered it looking like it would fall over at any given moment. Great list!

    • Max
      March 16, 2015 at 4:38 PM

      As a little kid, I swore I remember some type of adult store in KOP, but everyone has looked at me funny when I ask if anyone else remembers it. I was way too young to ever go in (and likely too young to even understand what it was at the time). But, if I recall, it was somewhere on 202 S, on the right side, just before you hit the light at 202 and Gulph Road.

  20. joanna
    February 6, 2014 at 2:44 PM

    isn’t the big chicken still there?

  21. Al Lutz
    February 6, 2014 at 2:26 PM

    Movie playing was “The Blue Max” with George Pappard.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Efc6Y6LCuuc

  22. David Holland
    September 12, 2013 at 4:51 PM

    I will always remember the gypsy violins serenading from table to table at the Inn of the Four Falls–the most romantic evening in my life. I was in graduate school in Urbana Illinois visiting my first real love, who was at Bryn Mawr. It was on one of several visits, sometime in the fall of 1964 or winter of 1965.

    Something reminding me of Conshohocken prompted me to a Google search to see whatever happened to it.

  23. Betty Garner Young
    August 31, 2013 at 8:07 AM

    My great grandparents own the farm that is the Valley Forge Gardens. It was know as the Tucker’s Farm. Can anybody tell me about it? I thought the History committee would know something. Thank you!

    • editor
      January 14, 2015 at 10:20 AM

      That was the Roberts family home, called Swamp Vrass.

  24. Sydney
    May 16, 2013 at 1:27 PM

    Is there a secret bowling alley under the upper merion high school pool area?

    • editor
      May 17, 2013 at 5:35 AM

      I think this rumor evolved from there being a shooting range under the old high school at Gulph Road and Henderson Road. There has never been an indication that there’s a bowling alley at the present high school.

      • MIke Fogarty
        November 15, 2013 at 10:48 PM

        NO Bowling alley below the High school pool.

        There is a filter room and some storage. A large part of the pools outside can actually be accessed from below as it kind of sits there.

        There is also an observation window to the diving area, which is pretty much fogged up.

  25. Duane (Lobb) Menago
    March 16, 2013 at 1:44 AM

    Does anyone know the exact date of the W. T.Grant fire in the Valley Forge Shopping Center?

  26. Diane Sabo
    September 17, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    Who remembers when there were no traffic lights along 202…the last one being at King Manor? and when the township building was located in an old ‘farmhouse’ at the corner of 202 and Allendale?

    • Louis DeSpirito
      January 16, 2013 at 9:51 AM

      Diane
      I remember the old township building well It was once called Steward Fund Hall ,I think I lived on Wilson RD. from 1940 to 1961 Now live in Wilkes Barre ,I sure miss the OLD K OF P

    • Duane (Lobb) Menago
      March 16, 2013 at 1:45 AM

      I remember the old Township Bldg. I remember going to halloween parties there as a kid.

    • Bill MacKay
      October 24, 2013 at 6:57 PM

      I do, I graduated in 1956. I lived on Church Rd. from 1947 to ? I remember Woody’s driving range being on the corner of 23 and 202. I also lived at McKay’s Apt.s at Nor-View farms mid 40’s. My family sold them to Digiambatista, after my Uncle Jim McKay died.

      • Ellen granger markoski
        February 17, 2015 at 11:42 PM

        Where on church rd did you live Was your mother’s name Hannah?

      • JAck Foell
        July 24, 2015 at 9:42 AM

        Hey Bill, I used to play basketball with your brother George on your old hoop in your backyard. Your parents let me cut through their yard to play hockey on the cemetary ponds.

    • Pegi Hagner Sedor
      February 6, 2014 at 7:30 PM

      I remember no traffic lights well. I grew up in Brandywine Village and there was a stop light at 202 for many years. I also remember the township building along 202.

    • Leslie Caldwell
      February 8, 2014 at 6:24 PM

      I remember the township building in the old farm house and no traffic lights on 202. I also remember going to the Donut Shop in the Valley Forge shopping center on saturday mornings and having a donut with my dad.

      • Mark armstrong
        May 17, 2014 at 8:22 PM

        My mother once taught art classes in the township building before the Court or Mall were even there. That’s back when there were no houses on the river side of Brownlee Road between Cambridge and Redwood.

        • Michael Milner
          May 30, 2015 at 5:04 PM

          We used to play in the woods on the river side of Brownlee Road, put pennies on the railroad tracks, and explore ‘The Quarry’ – I got really sick there in the Summer of 1970 – long before we knew what Tyson was dumping there . . .

    • Leslie Caldwell
      February 8, 2014 at 6:25 PM

      I remember the township building in the old farm house and no traffic lights on 202. I also remember going to the Donut Shop in the Valley Forge shopping center on saturday mornings and having a donut with my dad.
      Oh, and Mr Wilson’s Esso station on the corner of Allendale and Dekalb.

  27. Wilma Conway
    August 17, 2012 at 6:25 PM

    How many people got their teeth straightened by Dr. Anthony Moreschi? I was his receptionist for many years and I remember the Lovely Family.

    • David Robbins
      September 12, 2013 at 1:35 PM

      Yes, I got braces in 8th grade – that ended my trumpet-playing career. So I switched to baritone, then trombone…and thus ended up playing with Dr. M’s son Tony in the high school concert and jazz bands.

    • Donna Mustard
      February 6, 2014 at 12:59 PM

      I did and am very glad I did

    • joanna
      February 6, 2014 at 2:48 PM

      oh yes. Just had new braces by the latest partner in that practice, May O’Keefe, who is incredible. Dr. Weiss is a great guy but Dr. May is an incredible ortho.

    • Brian Ivey
      February 24, 2015 at 6:40 PM

      I’m sitting in Weiss & O’Keeffe’s waiting room right now (different office than Dr. Moreschi’s but same practice) waiting for my son just like my parents did for me here. And Dr. Krasner was my dentist. There used to be trails with bike jumps behind the Medical Building. Lived on Gen’l Armstrong Rd. Good times.

  28. JEFF JELINEK
    June 21, 2012 at 4:12 PM

    WHAT A GREAT SITE, I LIVED IN WAYNE WOODS AND WENT TO UPPER MERION AND WAS THE LAST OF THE SPARTIANS AT UPPER MERION BEFORE THEY MERGED WITH BRIDGEPORT. i BARELY GRADUATED IN “66”. THIS HAS BROUGHT BACK ALOT OF GREAT MEMORIES AND SOME VERY SAD ONES.

    I TOO PLAYED AT THE McKAIBS MANY TIME AND WAS EVEN SHOT AT BY THEIR CARETAKER WITH ROCK SALT ALONG WITH STEVE DEMOS, AND STEVE MUSCHENHEIM. I HELPED REBUILD THE OLD SCHOOL HOUSE THAT WAS ON ROBERTS SCHOOL PROPERTY TOO.

    THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES, LET ME KNOW WHEN MY 50TH REUNION COMES AROUND.

  29. Carol Rosso
    May 2, 2012 at 12:27 AM

    What a wonderful warm feeling I got reading all the places where I lived as a child and teen. My parents were one of the first owners in the Bob white farm homes on Forest Rd. So many good times. I would put a basket of flowers on my mail box and the garden club would judge it and you would get a ribbon. The 4 th of July we would go to the Bob White park with our bikes that were decorated with red,white and blue ribbons ect and you entered a contest to see who had the best decorated bike. Valley Forge shopping center had a candy store back in the 60,s. I loved the smell of that store. What was the store’s name? I worked at Korvetts and Woolworth’s. Loved to eat at the counter there. I still have my pay stubs. With the world today and everything got to have it now it was so nice to stop and think of a time when I forgot how good it really was.

    • editor
      May 2, 2012 at 7:23 AM

      What wonderful stories! Thank you for sharing them. Cn you give me the location of that candy store? Could it have been a 5 and 10?

      • Diane Sabo
        September 17, 2012 at 11:02 AM

        The candy shop was not in the 5 & 10….it was on the other side of Town Center Road….about the 2nd or 3rd store in from DeKalb Pike, but I don’t remember the name….I Should, my mother worked there.

    • Pegi Hagner Sedor
      March 17, 2013 at 12:25 AM

      While reading the list I too realized that the candy store was not listed. Cannot think of the name though. I used to love the smell of that store too. I would buy rock candy, of all things! I also believe the Basken Robbins was not listed either. Great to remember all these places of my childhood!

    • Mark Tarquinio
      August 27, 2014 at 5:08 PM

      Hi carol this is mark Tarquinio we lived at 634 forest rd my dad us 90 and still lives there I have great memories growing up in bob white in forest rd hanging out at jimmy princes house I remember 4th of July parades , ice cream man , home milk deliveries , Charles chips swimming at Jeff chiarochhi house great memories flash thru my brain. When I go to my dads to visit my best school years were at roberts school The holly fair was awesome !!!!!!

    • Mark Tarquinio
      October 24, 2014 at 12:07 AM

      I grew up in bob white farms on forest rd in the sixties snd seventies great memories !!!! Went to roberts school six grade S1969 remember MR.Prinzivalli , holly fair, Halloween parties, kick ball, mrs Grieners kiln awesome time in my childhood July 4th parades at bobwhite park I would like to get a reunion for anyone who went to roberts or grew up in bobwhite back in the sixties my dad still lives there so my memories stay alive my email is marktarquinio @gmail.com

  30. Drew Park
    November 10, 2011 at 12:10 PM

    What a great place to grow up …. I can’t drive through King of Prussia without thinking of all the great places that were there….but most of all nor view veiw farms….all the swim clubs..would go to all of them…the skating rink . Ii stated working there in 4th grade for free skating and like 10 dollars a week….a great man named Chuck Volpe owned it . It’s fun to talk about old times in K of P….great job on this site ….:)

    • Alan Proudman
      November 23, 2012 at 2:35 PM

      UM was utopia for children – My wife Nancy and I raised four children in KofP and they had every variety of opportunity that any child could hope for. There were sports, music, theatre, crafts, lectures, art, shows and other things for each child to choose from.

      The UMBA provided baseball for over 1100 kids, boys and girls. The KofP Indians provided football. UM Park and Rec sponsored basketball leagues for youngsters. UM Hockey Club was part of a 32 team high school ice hockey league. I remember Drew Park as a youngster and his brother, George, playing hockey at LaFayette Rink. My son Bill scored the first goal in the new rink. The puck was presented to Chuck Volpe in appreciation for the rink.

      We loved living in KofP from 1961 thru 1980 in four different homes – the last 14 years on Lowell Terrace – it was a hard place to leave. I’m delighted to know about this site – may it explode with replies.

      • Jan Proudman Moorehead
        November 24, 2012 at 9:47 PM

        hanks drew and Dad! What a great place to grow up… LaFayette rink with the Volpe’s and Anne. I worked there too and watched and worked for many hockey games there.
        Played many softball games for the UMBA (did I have a choice?! not when my parents were so involved..wouldn’t trade it for anything!!)
        Wasn’t there a 5 and dime across from the late bowling alley, just a few spaces up from the Wolfson library? I think it is a deli now.
        We lived above NorView farms and I remember the big ‘rooster’ as well (could have been a chicken…) I spent many an afternoon there, checking out the cows and goats. The Battista brothers owned it. I remember Frank very well…what a really nice man. We used to stop and buy a Stroehman bakery brownie there for 5 cents on our way to Belmont Elementary school (the back way)…what a great memory and an awesome place!
        Thank you for the memories!!

      • Drew Park
        January 20, 2013 at 7:38 AM

        Hey mr proudman …… Hope your family is all doing well ….. Had some if the best times of my life at that rink …..long before cell phones …..when you went out side to play or ride your bike anywhere you wanted .. My mom still lives in same home in k of p …..51 years … And stopped working at wanamakers when store closed. …at 82 years old Say hi to all… Drew

  31. Sean Watson
    May 20, 2011 at 12:41 AM

    Please provide some info regarding Alderbrook Manor, located at the bottom of KOP Road where it meets Croton. Love that house, but can find nothing regarding its current status (or history).

    • John Morrell
      August 12, 2011 at 4:10 PM

      If you mean the large estate mansion house, I never knew it had a name. When we moved to U.M. in 1954, their property included all of the land that was taken to build Roberts School. The residents at the time were Mrs. McKay, a widow and her adult daughter Marjorie McKay who were driven around in a chauffered 1930 Packard. They were not very fond of kids sneaking in to swim in their lake, but we did anyway. I remember once when Jimmy Campbell and I were happily splashing around in the pond when Marjorie appeared from behind the hedge and told us she almost took our pants. That day they were good sports. The next time they let the dogs out, so I guess we finally got the message.

      • John Morrell
        August 12, 2011 at 10:08 PM

        My Mom thinks the family name was McKaig, not MaKay.

      • Linda Sampson
        September 15, 2011 at 12:07 PM

        John Morrell,
        Please respond to this request. I would like to get in touch with you regarding the 50th Reunion of our UMHS Class of 1962. Also if any of you reading this have not contacted me,please do at-willier100@msn.com . We want as many of you as possible for a great turnout next year. I have taken over the Historian job and I am looking for the missing Alumni. Thanks in advance.
        Linda Booker Sampson

        • editor
          September 15, 2011 at 1:25 PM

          You may also want to try “You need to know that we’re from KOP and it’s more than just a mall” on Facebook. Lots of UM Grads including John are there. Good luck!

    • Kevin Sweeney
      November 21, 2012 at 6:48 PM

      It was owned by the Mckaig’s. I used to work there when I was 13-15, doing odd jobs. I lived in Bob White. There was Mrs. McKaig and her daughter Majorie there when I was a kid. That was in the late 60’s very early 70’s. The hose was heated by a coal furnace in the basement. It was like stepping back in time every time I was in that house. Cool memory. Not sure what the deal is now.

    • Steve Duskin
      August 15, 2015 at 2:40 PM

      The mansion is still standing but is in ill repair. When the street was developed in 1983, a New JErsey Ob-Gyn named Amante deCastro bought and still owns it. Been having tax liens against it regularly. Driving past it, it doesn’t look like he intends to fix it up. The rest of the estate – the woods that were not developed – is now the McKaig Nature Center, with hiking trails. http://www.enjoymckaig.org/home So the McKaig family name lives on, but the mansion’s future is in doubt.

  32. February 27, 2011 at 10:03 PM

    Hello!

    I am thiiiiis close to buying a home on Rebel Hill. I’ve been doing research on the area as I’m a huge history buff and know the area is rife with history! As such, I stumbled across this website, and wanted to let the editor know I love all the thoughtful information and posts provided within. However, I must ask (as my interest was piqued)—what was/is “The Singing Bridge?”

    • Jim Lovely
      May 3, 2011 at 1:17 PM

      The singing bridge was a open steel grate bridge over the Schuylkill River at Betzwood. One would start out slowing at one end in thier car, increasing speed until take off! You had to be high to really appreciate it.

      • Dave Stone
        June 3, 2011 at 8:35 PM

        I lived within earshot of the Betzwood bridge and walked across it many times to get to boat launch at Betzwood park.
        BTW- Queen Appliance was there long before Spa Vita Nova, and it was not the same building.

        • Michael Milner
          June 3, 2015 at 7:39 PM

          I remember checking out the flooded Betzwood Park with my best friend Chris Keen and his family, right after Hurricane Agnes struck in the Summer of 1972. Does anyone know how high the water got during that storm?

      • Lori
        June 4, 2011 at 7:22 PM

        Is this possibly my old next door neighbor – “Jim Lovely”? My maiden name is Kosowski. I have Beemer missing my mom so looking at “oldKing Of Prussia” helps. My dad still tells people that he lived next to a house with “7 Lovely children”! (If it is a completely different “Jim Lovely”, you have a very cool name! :)

        • June 7, 2011 at 6:19 PM

          Lori

          I used to baby sit you and your brother once in a while. Now there is only 6 Lovely children, Phyllis passed away. Nice to hear from you!

        • Lori
          June 29, 2011 at 6:49 PM

          Thanks for responding Jim! I am so sorry to hear about Phyllis. You and the family will always be special to me. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers. Take care!

  33. Tim Varney
    January 22, 2011 at 2:41 PM

    This isn’t a “Reply” but a plea for help in finding an Army Buddy of mine with whom I served in 1965 and 1966, in the Pentagon, who was from King of Prussia. His name was William Walker, but to me he was simply “Bill Walker”. I think his Father was in a family dairy business at the time. I visited his home once, in 1965, which I think was on a farm outside of KOP. We rode the Red Arrow line into the Philadelphia City Center. His Dad called that Interurban line “The Poor & Weary”, parody of it’s real name, the Philadelphia & Western, at the time. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks to anyone who might be able to help with a recollection.
    Tim Varney
    1-402-934-6622
    LaVista, NE 68128

    • Bob
      July 29, 2011 at 11:40 PM

      Here’s Bill Walker’s phone number 610-688-7498. We went to school together.

    • Alan Proudman
      November 23, 2012 at 2:45 PM

      The P&W was also known as “The Pig and Whistle”

    • Bill C
      September 11, 2013 at 4:12 PM

      Back in the 80s, I found an old milk bottle that has the following on it: William W. Walker King of Prussia, PA. I still have it and I would like some info about the Dairy if You or anyone else can help. Thanks.

      • Skip Yeakel
        August 15, 2015 at 11:46 AM

        Your bottle came from my grandfather’s farm–Walker’s Dairy whose owner (Billy Walker) was ahead of his time in the marketing world. If you are lucky, your bottle will include the WD slogan, “You can’t beat our milk but you can whip our cream!” Enjoy, and cherish, your piece of King of Prussia history.

  34. Lou DeSpirito
    January 21, 2011 at 1:45 PM

    Does anyone remember a teen hangout in King Manor in the fifties called ” Royals”. It was near the P&W station on Crooked Lane.After Upper Merion football games,it was the place to go.
    Lou DeSpirito

    • editor
      January 22, 2011 at 6:59 AM

      Lou,

      I have heard of Royals, but must admit it was a little before my time. Maybe some of our readers will remember it, and comment. Thanks for taking the time to share your memories.

    • Josette Bernard
      June 6, 2011 at 10:56 PM

      Hi Lou,
      I lived on DeKalb Pike and went to school with you.
      I remember that place as “Happy Sal’s”………….I used to go there with Diane Kremzier and Liesel Gadonas. I don’t remember it as Royals……..does Happy Sal’s sound familiar?
      You lived on Wilson Rd. so I do remember you well.
      It is okay if you don’t remember me. I lived next door to the Vento’s and good friends at one time to the Bearoffs. I pray all is well with you.
      Josette Bernard Sangiacomo

      • Louis DeSpirito
        June 28, 2011 at 3:53 PM

        Hi Josette

        i remember your name ,but can”t recall your face.I do recall “Happy Sals” I think that was after “Royals”.I now Live in Wilkes Barre ,but have many fond memories of K of P Hope you and yours are well
        Lou Despirito Class of 1956 UM

  35. Bob
    December 9, 2010 at 11:01 PM

    I remember the hobby shoppe, I worked there for many years.

  36. Larry Leno
    November 26, 2010 at 2:42 PM

    Yes, I remember the Yankee Doodle, the Pickle Barrel (or the Peekle Bar-r-rel as my South American friends called it), and the old KOP Plaza. I’m from Ohio, but my company was headquartered in KOP. Went to training classes there five times between 1978 and 1984. We always stayed at the HoJo. Am I crazy or do I remember having several meals at the King of Prussia Inn in 1982? Articles on the internet seem to indicate that this restaurant sat idle for fifty years until 2002 when they relocated it. I was inebriated the few times that I was there, but not that inebriated. If anyone remembers the KOP Inn being open in 1982, please post something here. Thank you.

    • editor
      November 26, 2010 at 4:21 PM

      Editor’s Note: The King of Prussia Inn closed its doors in 1952. You may be thinking of Johnny Kamuca’s Valley Forge Tavern, located near HoJo’s and the old King of Prussia Inn.

      • Larry Leno
        November 29, 2010 at 11:56 AM

        I remember a restaurant that I think was in the middle of Rt. 202. I could be wrong about that. Anyway, lots of good memories of King of Prussia. Thank you for your response.

        • Leslie Caldwell
          February 8, 2014 at 6:33 PM

          I think that might be the Peacock Inn

        • Eileen (Brennan) Schatz
          March 6, 2014 at 2:10 PM

          Are you referring to the Peacock Inn?

        • Larry Leno
          January 12, 2015 at 4:37 PM

          The Peacock, that sounds familiar.

        • Larry Leno
          January 12, 2015 at 4:41 PM

          The Peacock, that sounds familiar. Was it in the middle of Rt. 202?

        • editor
          January 13, 2015 at 4:39 PM

          The Tilted Kilt Restaurant used to be the Peacock.

    • Denise
      December 4, 2010 at 10:12 AM

      I grew up in Dover, Delaware, and we always went to King of Prussia mall for Christmas shopping. I remember all of the wonderful Christmas trees on display at Gaudio’s! It was a winter wonderland. My mom always found unique Christmas decorations there that every one would exclaim over. Whatever happened to that store?

      Editor’s Note: Gaudio’s was a magical place during the holiday season. That mini-winter wonderland was a real treat. It started on Mount Ephraim Avenue in Camden, and was famous for its elaborate, walk-through Christmas displays. It was sold in 1969 to the Penn Fruit Co. supermarket chain, and grew to 20 stores strong.
      In 1976, the Gaudios started over with a new garden center and a new name, G Boys, essentially competing with the chain that still bore the family’s surname. But Penn Fruit eventually ran into financial problems and its assets were sold to a liquidator. The last Gaudio’s store closed in 1989, according to a Courier-Post article from that time.

    • Bob
      July 29, 2011 at 11:50 PM

      You were probably at the Peacock Inn that was located on the opposite side of 202. The K of P Inn was located on an island between 202 N and 202 S. Johnny Kamuca’s was on the North side, Peacock Inn on the South.

      • Linda
        September 10, 2011 at 6:32 AM

        I remember eating at the Peacock Inn in the early 60s. There was a decorative water fountain display inside. It was the first one I had ever seen. Very Cool.

        • Jack Hagan
          February 11, 2012 at 8:06 PM

          I grew up in the Gulph Mills section of the twp. My parents would take all four of us kids to the Peacock Inn for special occasions. We thought it was the best restaurant in the world.

        • karen
          October 3, 2012 at 11:56 AM

          My Grandfather owned Peacock Gardens from the 40’s to the 60’s. My father was bartender. We just visited it last week. It is called Tilted Kilt. Wow what a change from the 60’s. My Grandmother is probably rolling over in her grave. My father just wrote a summary of his recollections of Peacock Gardens. Contact me if interested.

        • editor
          October 4, 2012 at 9:39 AM

          Yes Karen, I would love to speak with you. I just sent you an email to arrange a get-together.

        • Jorge Valcarcel
          October 4, 2012 at 1:41 PM

          My Dad, Jose Valcarcel was the manager of the Peacock Inn during the 1970’s. I was a bus boy there while I was in high school. So many great memories!

      • Diane
        April 25, 2013 at 6:36 PM

        Does anyone remeber when there were actual peacocks at the Peacock Inn. I don’t remember it, but it was always said that there were…outside in the garden.

        • editor
          May 17, 2013 at 5:36 AM

          That’s true. They roosted in the trees. The outdoor dining area could seat hundreds of people.

        • Elizabeth cooling
          February 6, 2014 at 8:04 PM

          I worked at the Peacock Inn in the early 70’s. Bernie Wallman owned it. I worked in the coatroom at 16. Mr. Wallman was a very nice wildman. I believe his step son was Dennis Beck.

  37. Page
    November 16, 2010 at 2:14 PM

    Awesome, good memories.

  38. November 2, 2010 at 10:41 AM

    Do you remember?
    Gino’s
    Hess gas station
    CC&F Industrial Park
    Arby’s
    Donut Land
    A&P
    Vally Forge Drug Store
    Ye Olde Coin and Hobby Shoppe ( in the mall )
    The model car racing shop and track near Valley Forge Mall
    What Movie OPENED the King Theater? The Longest Day (or was it Mothra?? )
    The 5&10 at Valley Forge Center
    The Bowling Alley

    • Louis DeSpirito
      April 24, 2011 at 11:16 AM

      I was there, It was the “THE LONGEST DAY”

      • editor
        April 24, 2011 at 2:28 PM

        No, but you are very close. The film in question came out four years later. I was there as well, and they stopped the film to evacuate with about five minutes to go! It wasn’t until about ten years later that i finally saw how it ended.

        • James Burk
          March 16, 2013 at 12:04 AM

          Really pretty sure that the very first movie to play the King Theater was “The Longest Day.” It was there for months and months afterwards.

        • NancyLee Rodenberg Bergey
          July 11, 2015 at 11:35 AM

          Yes, my friends and I said The Longest Day was The
          Longest (running) Movie.

    • Brian Lewis
      July 11, 2014 at 12:25 PM

      I remember all of those.
      Remember that Gino’s also had Kentucky Fried Chicken.
      The A&P used to be a Pantry Pride.
      Remember Kiddie City!

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