Sellers Hall, the 7th oldest building in Pennsylvania, was completed in 1684. Samuel Sellers, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1682, was an expert at making and weaving wire. His mills on Cobbs Creek in Upper Darby became famous for inventions and innovations that would lead to the creation of Pennsylvania textile and paper making industries and later the fire-engine and locomotive making industries.
Descendants used Sellers Hall’s farm and outbuildings as a stop on the Underground Railroad, clandestinely coordinating passage through the Concord Quarterly Meeting, and other meetings in Concord and Darby. Historians describe as many as thirty persons hid in the spacious Sellers Barns, where they were cared for by George Sellers and his family before moving the along in small squads to their next place of refuge.
Friends of Sellers Hall began the restoration of the site in 2010 and in 2016 acquired the property which was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2016. Photo credit: Facebook/WMG Historic Restoration LLC
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