Wynnewood, Pennsylvania is a suburban community located outside of Philadelphia in Lower Merion Township, Pennsylvania, United States. Wynnewood was named in 1691 for Dr. Thomas Wynne, William Penn’s physician and the first Speaker of the Pennsylvania General Assembly. Wynnewood is one of the many neighborhoods on the Pennsylvania Main Line, and encompasses suburban residential neighborhoods as well as institutions such as Lankenau Hospital,St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Palmer Theological Seminary, and Friends’ Central School. Library Video Company, a major educational video distributor, is also based there.
Residents of Wynnewood cooperate with those of adjacent Ardmore in many ways, one of which is the ArdWood Civic Association. South Ardmore Park is partly in Wynnewood, and partly in Ardmore. This park is the site of a free or low-cost summer camp, sporting activities, walking paths, and a verdant setting.
Wynnewood itself is mostly residential, with its shopping in various clusters. The largest shopping center in Wynnewood is the Wynnewood Shopping Center(housing a Borders, Old Navy, Bed Bath and Beyond, and Genuardi’s, along with several eateries and smaller stores). Other shopping venues in the suburb include Wynnewood Square and The Whole Foods Shopping Center (named for a market there), both on East Lancaster Avenue. As Wynnewood is primarily a residential community, its residents visit other districts of the Main Line, such as Ardmore or Narberth for shopping.
Opposite the Wynnewood Shopping Center is the Wynnewood Train Station. These railroad tracks run through the Main Line, the collective suburbs of Philadelphia where the railroad system has been established. Towns on the Main Line include Wynnewood, Narberth (Northeast of Wynnewood), and Ardmore (Northwest of Wynnewood, Southwest of Narberth).
Located in the community is Shortridge Memorial Park, a small park in a creek valley with stone bridges under which Indian Creek flows. The park is also the situs where recent ecological and environmental efforts are being expended in a revitalization and restoration project focused around Indian Creek. Wynnewood residents are also active in the Wynnewood Civic Association and the Shortridge Association of Wynnewood.