The community of Bryn Mawr is a census-designated place located within the Lower Merion Township in Montgomery County, Pa. The community name means “big hill” in Welsh, which makes sense because it gets its name from an estate in Dolgellau Wales. Before the introduction of the Pennslyvania Railroad’s Mainline in 1869, Bryn Mawr was known as Crankyville, which is a funny name considering the beautiful community that Bryn Mawr is today.
Bryn Mawr is home to about 4,000 residents in it’s 0.6 square mile area, making it very densely populated for its size. Being on the mainline, it’s part of a group of other quaint, affluent towns located along the railroad. Even though it’s small area-wise, Bryn Mawr is home to several educational institutions, including Bryn Maw College, Harcum College, & more.