The Paoli Business and Professional Association, which aims to bring value to Paoli businesses and to promote the safety and beautification of the Paoli community, recently commemorated the original location of the Paoli Inn.
The town of Paoli grew around the historic inn that was built in 1769 by Joshua Evans on property purchased by William Evans in 1719.
The ceremony included a Parade of Colors by Revolutionary Reenactors, an invocation by Paoli Hospital chaplain Rev. Barbara Emery, and historic reflections on Tredyffrin Township by Supervisor Murph Wysocki and State Sen. Andy Dinniman.
Also, historian Bart Van Valkenburgh shared stories about the region’s role in the Revolutionary War.
“The driving force behind the town (of Paoli) was the Paoli Inn and the owners and the industry and product we had here, which was basically transportation,” Van Valkenburgh said of the inn, which served as an essential hostelry on the Philadelphia and Lancaster Turnpike and later the Philadelphia and Columbia Railroad. “Phoenixville had steel, and West Chester had government and some manufacturing.”
The celebration culminated with an unveiling and dedication of a historical marker at the site, adjacent to the Paoli Village Shoppes.