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August 22, 2019
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Time Details:
Tours generally last 50 minutes and begin at 5:30 PM with the last tour leaving at 7:00 PM.
St. Anthony’s Lodge
259 Church St
Downingtown, PA
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Town Tours & Village Walks: Johnsontown in Downingtown: A Town Within A Town

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Created as a speculative development in the late 1800s, Johnsontown initially did not thrive. The first residents were Irish, many of whom worked on the railroad. Geographically, the area was hemmed in with only one major road going in and out. After World War I, Italian immigrants dominated the area, creating an entire community unto itself, complete with churches, stores, butchers, and entertainment through the creation of St. Anthony's Lodge, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2019. Parking & Registration: St. Anthony’s Lodge, 259 Church Street, Downingtown. Parking is available on the WEST side of St. Anthony's Lodge. Additional free parking will be available at the Downingtown Borough lot (Johnsontown Park) at 122 Viaduct Avenue. A shuttle bus will be available to transport guests to St. Anthony's Lodge.