The Fourth of July has been celebrated in a variety of ways through the years in the Freedom Valley.
A neighborhood parade was a tradition in Highfield Farms in Plymouth Township. This neighborhood is located between Jolly Road and Walton Road. The Greater Plymouth Community Center is adjacent to Highfield Farms.
In November of 1961, Colonial-style houses in Highfield Farms were being sold – brand new – for $19,500.00. For that price, you got four bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms. Split-level houses – with three bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms – were only $18,100.00.
Houses in Highfield Farms could be purchased for either an $800.00 or a $900.00 down payment in 1962.
At that time, telephone numbers in the area were advertised with two letters and five numbers; no area code needed. The postal address at that time was “Norristown, Pennsylvania”.
In 1977, a house with three bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms was for sale in Highfield Farms for $57,500.00. In 2018, real estate industry websites value houses in this neighborhood at about 6 to 8 times that 1977 sale price.
In July of 1961, a news article detailing Highfield Farms (though more likely an advertisement appearing as a news article) in The Philadelphia Inquirer stated that “the homes are just 12 minutes driving time to the industrial park area at Valley Forge [the King of Prussia Industrial Park].” The commute is now slightly – just slightly – longer in length. (Sarcasm included.)
For years, residents of Highfield Farms celebrated Independence Day with a parade of neighborhood children.
Three scouts and the Harmonville Fire Company led off one of the parades as seen in the top photo.
Here are a few additional photos.
The photographs of Highfield Farms are courtesy of Mr. L. J. Hyer. The photos were taken by his father, Mr. J. L. Hyer.
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