Thinking of moving to Quarryville...!?

Thinking of moving to Quarryville...!?

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Michelle

Alexandria, VA

#1 Jan 31, 2007
We live in Delaware County and its practically like living in Manhatten. It is so crowded. We are thinking of moving to Chester or Lancaster County, and I was considering Quarryville. I hear that Solanco school district is good. Also Avon Grove school district in Chester County. Does anyone have any information as to what life in Quarryville is like. We have a small child and are thinking of having another, so school district is important. Thanks so much!
Solanco Mom

United States

#2 Feb 6, 2007
Well, Quarryville is a small town. If you've ever been through it you'll notice that it only has 2 red lights. If you don't mind amish and want a smaller town, Quarryville can be a nice place. It's just like anywhere else though, you have those who like it and those who don't. I live about 7 miles from Quarryville because I like the country part of the area. I have 3 children that attend Solanco, and I did too as a child, and so did most of my relatives. Again, the school district question will get you good and bad reviews, depending upon who you talk to. The school district is broken down into 3 elementary schools, 2 middle schools, and 1 high school. I live in Bart, so my kids attended Bart Colerain, which was acknowledged as a "Blue Ribbon" school in 2006... 1 in only 8 schools in Lancaster county to receive the award. I currently have kids in the middle and high school, and while we have had a small problem with bullying and normal picking at each other, there has never been (that I heard of) any gang activity, weapon assaults, etc... The kids that attend Solanco are mostly country kids, you have the one's that wear their pants at their knees, then you have the farm boys who love their John Deere tractors. The high school offers a vast array of career orientated classes, clubs, activities, sports, and the like. The Quarryville and surrounding areas are nice because you have the country lifestyle if you want it, yet be close to everything. I am 15 minutes from the schools, about 20 minutes from Lancaster, yet only 15 to 25 minutes from certain Chester county areas. As for Avon Grove, I can't tell you much except that the school district has a little more activity when it comes to problems with students (fights, drugs, etc). One school district I would definately steer clear of would be Oxford, simply because I went there for awhile (many years ago though)...and I hated it. Solanco offers more potential and seems more parent friendly. Solanco is the reason I bought a home in this area. Plus, Lancaster county is cheaper! Cheaper real estate taxes, and cheaper car insurance. The churches in the Solanco area have great youth groups, and Quarryville does have a pool, but other than that teenagers have to entertain themselves unless they drive about 20 minutes up the road to the movie theater, or go swimming at the river and boat dock nearby. Quarryville has a few banks, a video rental store, a car dealership, Pizza places, small restaurants, a Rite Aid, and 2 parks. Quarryville also offers midget football, t-ball, soccer, and such for the smaller kids. Your not far from Dutch Wonderland, the Strasburg Railroad, water slides, bowling, and other great fun things. While I love the area, we are actually selling our house. We have acquired a horse, and since we cannot afford to own horse property in Pa, we are heading south... Solanco schools does have a website that you can check out; www.solanco.k12.pa.us/welcome ... and in the Solanco district you can check your kids daily attendance and grades online which is a nice touch that not all schools have. The local paper is the Sun Ledger,(you can find this online) and there is an online website that offers some news from the area; www.solanconews.com .... Did you have any specific questions?
Chester County

Greenwich, NJ

#3 Mar 20, 2007
Michelle wrote:
We live in Delaware County and its practically like living in Manhatten. It is so crowded. We are thinking of moving to Chester or Lancaster County, and I was considering Quarryville. I hear that Solanco school district is good. Also Avon Grove school district in Chester County. Does anyone have any information as to what life in Quarryville is like. We have a small child and are thinking of having another, so school district is important. Thanks so much!
I saw your post and I live in Chester County, PA. I'm a realor in West Chester, and I know what you mean about Delaware County, it is much tighter and dense than out further West. I live in Downingtown PA, it's the 1st exit West on the turnpike from Valley Forge/King of Prussia. Not really that far removed and very accessible. Our schools are rated well too. In Downingtown the district is split between an East and West High School, and they are in the process of building a 3rd high school for the Northern part of the District. The housing prices in Downingtown for a 4 2 1/2 Colonial can range from $300K (older home)-$800K (newer, very large). Out here you also have West Chester and that school district which is considered a great school as well. Also has a new high school. These homes tend to be older homes priced reasonable to Downingtown. I'm not sure what price range you were contemplating but if you go 10 minutes further West, you get in to the Coatesville school district, which though partly a low income school district because of Coatesville City, isn't an awful school. You can get a large 4 2 1/2 Colonial with some land for the high 200's low 300's.

If you needed some more information feel free to ask. Thanks so much!

Nina Cazille
lifelong resident

AOL

#4 Apr 28, 2007
Solanco is a wonderful place to live. It is a quaint, small-town area. It offers a slower, calmer lifestyle than many of the surrounding areas- a type of "Andy Taylor" community.

The biggest threat to the quality of life here is so many "outsiders" moving in for quality of life issues. They move here for the simplicity, and then do nothing but try to change the area. Complaints about farming odors, amish buggies, lack of a wal-mart, etc arecommonamong those from Delaware County. Whereas we lack shopping, highways and nightlife, we also lack crime, violence and disrespect, and want to keep it that way. If we had been able to stop the influx of Philly-area transplants, there would be much less of the negative qualities this area now endures. Stay away unless you are willing to accept the simple life.
Displaced Woodsman

Middletown, NJ

#5 Apr 3, 2009
I am one of the new people moving to town. I am not a yuppy, but I do dress like one during the week. I would accuse you of generalizng that people who move into an area can ruin it, but I agree with you. I am from the Pine Barrens of New Jersey. Some of the new people were nice, but many came in and threw garbage on the ground and caused other problems. We should be happy to be far away from the Walmart, and we should preserve the natural wonders of the area.
Ryan

Philadelphia, PA

#6 Apr 4, 2009
Michelle wrote:
We live in Delaware County and its practically like living in Manhatten. It is so crowded. We are thinking of moving to Chester or Lancaster County, and I was considering Quarryville. I hear that Solanco school district is good. Also Avon Grove school district in Chester County. Does anyone have any information as to what life in Quarryville is like. We have a small child and are thinking of having another, so school district is important. Thanks so much!
STAY AWAY from Quarryville. They don't like outsiders and the Police Department is run like MayBerry, its officers are as smart as a doorknob. Don't raise your child in a glass bubble.
Jason Donalds

York, PA

#7 Apr 6, 2009
The hardcore New Yorkers will have a hard time in Quarryille, but the hicks from other parts of the area will be fine. If you drive through town, and you still like it, it's for you. My brother moved from West Virginia, andthe Quarryville folks thought he was a long lost brother. I like it, but I need a few more trees.
Paul Jacobs

Fort Huachuca, AZ

#8 Apr 8, 2009
Nobody likes New Yorkers, so that's not confined to Quarryville - ha ha. We are from the still rural part of southern New Jersey. We even still have a rodeo near us! We met a lot of nice Quarryville residents when we visited the library and the supermarket (Fergies). I wouldn't blame the locals for being suspicious of outsiders, because Quarryville may soon get an influx of people who are running away from the illegals, drug gangs, and other democrats. Oops - did I generalize? Keep the loony liberals out of Quarryville, and it will be a great place to live.
Ted

Berwyn, PA

#9 Jan 8, 2013
Aside from New Yorkers, no one likes or respects the police chief in Quarryville. He is dishonest and covers for his inept officers. The department has attempted to grow for 10 years and now surrounding areas are dropping them. They can't cover the borough for a full 24 hours. State Police please take over.

Since: Mar 13

Chalfont, PA

#10 Mar 14, 2013
I personally like quarryville. I was born and raised here. I left for 5 years and moved to Lynchburg, Va. I liked Lynchburg, however I could not find a job making decent money. I moved back home and am now making decent money, in Lancaster however and I love the Solanco school district. I don't care much for the superintendent but I like most of the teachers. I too live outside of town but basically because my wife and I enjoy our privacy and peace in the country. There are much worse city and Towns in the united states. I don't know much about the police chief because honestly I have never had a run in with him or the department at all. Quarryville and Solanco in general is a decent place to raise your kids. Just my opinion. :)
Solanco Mom

Mount Joy, PA

#11 Jun 2, 2013
Well, needless to say, we headed south and then quickly returned to Quarryville. This is my hometown, and I cannot ever see me leaving it again. It still has it's problems, like any small town, but it's much better than being a "Northern Newbie" in the south. My only gripes are Oak Bottom Village, the new shopping center going up at the Buck, and the "No child Left Behind Act". Even though Solanco is a good school, they leave no child behind - meaning if your kid can't do simple multiplication, tell time, or make change - it doesn't matter, they graduate anyway. When I inquired about holding my child back in elementary school, I was told "The district frowns on holding kids back a year". So, while I'm still in the area, I now dislike the policies in place.
Q-Ville is Lame

New Holland, PA

#12 Jul 30, 2013
The only good things about the area are Maplehofe's and the Amish discount grocery store. The older crowd, the ones soooo worried about outsiders---don't let them fool you with their respect shtick. They have nothing to try to protect or defend. There is no "way of life" to the area beyond a bunch of poorly dressed hicks, many of whom drive trucks that are way too large and who barrel down country roads way over the limit. I've lived here six years, and could care less if I'm viewed as an outsider. These are the people that gawk and gape at a person entering a store, which I've never seen elsewhere. If you ask me, bring in the Philly outsiders.

As to "outsiders" complaining about rural living and wanting Walmart, I've NEVER encountered that. If anything, these Podunk rascals as the ones who want the homogenized supercenters. The city people I know appreciate the area and certainly employ what it has to offer, like the Rail Trail more than the fat bozos who are "native." I pity the kids who live around here: I hope they get far, far away and realize that the world is much more than a group of stupid, poorly educated fake country people who don't even honor their supposed heritage by speaking Pennsylvania Dutch anymore. If they're so authentic, then the English would be speaking it too, as they did years ago. But noooo, then they can't be "country."

Bottom line: cheap place to live, tolerate the locals and look down and lose no opportunity to insult those who are blatantly hicks. That's not real America...it's sheer stupidity.

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