Sellersville, Pennsylvania

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Sellersville is a borough in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 4,564 at the 2000 census. Sellersville is part of Pennridge School District.

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Geography

Sellersville is located at 40°21′31″N 75°18′36″W / 40.35861°N 75.31°W / 40.35861; -75.31 (40.358565, -75.310082)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 1.2 square miles (3.1 km²), of which, 1.2 square miles (3.0 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (1.69%) is water. It is located in Southeastern Pennsylvania as part of Northern Bucks County (colloquially referred to as Upper Bucks) which borders Philadelphia County.

History

Sellersville began in the early 18th century. It was centered on a major road known as Bethlehem Pike that connected Philadelphia to Bethlehem and the rest of what was then far Western Pennsylvania. The town was very small and its most notable feature was a large inn. The Inn is today called the Washington House because it is believed to have been visited at least once by George Washington during the Revolutionary War. The town grew slowly over the years until the Industrial Revolution. In the 1860s the North Pennsylvania Railroad was built, running parallel to Bethlehem Pike: this stimulated the growth of light textile industries and brought a wave of population growth. The East Branch of the Perkiomen Creek runs through the town which connects it to an adjacent town of Perkasie. This creek was dammed in the early 20th century creating a small body of water known as Lake Lenape. Along the length of the lake a park was built on Perkasie and Sellersville lands. In the 1920s and 1930s this park housed a carousel, a roller coaster and several other amusements. The railroad brought hundreds of people from Philadelphia in the summer time, and it became a well known vacation spot for blue collar city workers.

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