A borough since 1889, Malvern was settled in the late 1600s by Welsh immigrants who bought the land from that peerless real estate speculator, William Penn. King Street, Malvern’s main road and historic district, may not evoke Penn and his Quakers, but its sites (and sights) are reminiscent of the days when the borough was born.
Currently at its second King Street address, the National Bank of Malvern dates to 1884. The former Malvern Inn, stately and historic, has had many incarnations in its lifetime and now hosts Gingy’s Fashion & Home Décor. King Street Traders, purveyor of fine art and antiques, is located in a century-old building that originally housed Warner Hardware. Sheffield Furniture & Interiors and the Malvern Design Center rise from the foundations of an 1899 structure that, at the outset, launched a condensed-milk plant. With modern eateries and crafts shops, King Street is a blend of the old and the new, plus a lively venue for spring and fall festivals and a Victorian Christmas celebration.
The Malvern Inn may no longer be a hostelry, but beyond King Street, the Malvern area offers the historic General Warren Inne on Old Lancaster Highway and the Cedar Hollow Inn on Yellow Springs Road. The sprawling Great Valley Corporate Center and Immaculata University, the home of the storied Mighty Macs girls’ basketball program, are just outside of Malvern.
Villa Maria Academy educates young women on its Old Lincoln Highway campus in Malvern. The highly regarded boys’ school Malvern Prep, originally on the campus of Villanova University, dates its local digs on Warren Avenue to 1922—and once owned the site of the Paoli Massacre, General “Mad” Anthony Wayne’s 1777 debacle that took place in present-day Malvern and was not nearly as bad as its hyperbolic moniker. For more modern drama, no regional theater surpasses the People’s Light & Theatre Company, a perennial Barrymore Award winner.
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