If you think of fall in Delaware County, Linvilla Orchards is probably the first thing that comes to mind. If you grew up in Delco there was at least one autumn trip to Linvilla a year. I can still smell the fresh baked apple pies coming from the bakery oven. I can taste the ruby red candy apples that would stick to my teeth. I remember the bumpy tractor hayrides through the orchards drinking hot cider on a crisp fall day. And you wouldn’t leave without picking out the biggest pumpkin you could carry home.
A lot has changed at Linvilla since we were kids. It’s a lot bigger and busier than every before. These days the octogon barn that was destroyed in a fire in 2002 has been replaced with a huge farm market complete with fresh produce, bakery and gourmet groceries. A really cool playground for kids of all ages can keep children occupied for hours. We were glad to see Linvilla kept some of the old time kid favorites. The petting zoo, train ride, maze and pony rides are a must for kids.
Linvilla Orchards (137 W. Knowlton Road, Media, PA) is open all year around but it’s the fall that is when this place is best. There is no admission to get in but be prepared with cash. Most of the attractions, snack bars and pick your owns are cash only.
Linvilla is a 300-acre family farm dedicated to agriculture, entertainment and education. A trip to Linvilla has created family memories for many generations of Delaware Valley families and they have returned year after year to experience all of the things that make Linvilla Orchards special.
In 1914, Arthur Linvill and his mother Lydia purchased a dairy farm with an eighty-foot tall octagonal barn. The Linvills shipped fresh milk and cream to Swarthmore, but Arthur wanted to grow peaches. Orchards were planted and they sold the fruit from a horse-drawn wagon. With the increased use of automobiles people began to come to the farm where the Linvill family sold their produce from the front porch of the farm house. As the produce became more abundant, the farm became more popular and the Farm Market opened in the Octagonal Barn. Over the years a bakery and gift shop were added which complemented the operation. Neighbors from all over the Delaware Valley have been coming back ever since. Arthur’s son Paul, his wife Peg, their children and grandchildren continue to operate Linvilla Orchards, faithful to the tradition that has made it such a great place to visit for a century. They hope you’ll be part of the next great era in Linvilla history.
One of my favorite stops as a kid was Pumpkinland. Bins full of huge pumpkins and gourds of all sizes and giant Halloween displays of scarecrows and witches are a fantastic addition in recent years. Make sure you stop for a selfie next to the patch of giant pumpkins. I am still amazed at how some people who have lived in the area all their lives still ask “What is Linvilla?” Explaining it will never do it justice. I always say “Just go. You won’t be disappointed”.
137 West Knowlton Road
Media, PA 19063
598 Linvill Rd
Media, PA 19063