Norristown: Our Story

Located 15 miles northwest of Philadelphia along the scenic banks of the Schuylkill River, Norristown's history is a story of hard-work, economic prosperity, and the endeavor to adapt to changing times. 

Our Founding

The land from which Norristown was founded was acquired by the family of Isaac Norris, a prominent Quaker merchant and former mayor of Philadelphia during the early 1700s. Norris purchased the land directly from William Penn, the founder of Pennsylvania, as a retreat from the hustle and bustle of the growing city center of Philadelphia. 

When a collection of communities decided to form Montgomery County in 1784, Norristown was named the county seat of government. It was not until March 31, 1812 that Norristown was officially incorporated as a Pennsylvania State Borough (the first in Montgomery County!).

Our Rise as an Industrial Boomtown

Throughout the 1800s and early 1900's, Norristown developed into a thriving industrial and retail center. Factories, textile mills, icehouses, foundries, and lumber yards all called Norristown home and provided ample employment for skilled laborers and artisans. Our downtown also featured a bustling shopping district filled with department stores, several theaters, and restaurants that attract visitors from throughout the region!


Learn more about Norristown's History:

Famous Norristonians

Places of Interest in Norristown

Norristown in Popular Culture


Municipality of Norristown
235 East Airy Street
Norristown, PA 19401

Phone: 610-272-8080
Fax: 610-275-0687

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Norristown Municipal Council Meeting held on March 6, 2018
Norristown Drone Footage
Summer Camp Program 2018
Norristown Council Meeting held on February 6, 2018

2018 Read Across America
From the gallery Municipal Council and Staff 2017

Read Across America 2018
From the gallery Municipal Council and Staff 2017

Read Across America 2018
From the gallery Municipal Council and Staff 2017