Sellersville is a borough in Pennsylvania in Bucks County that began as a small settlement back in the 1700’s when it was built around one of the area’s major roads that was known then as Bethlehem Pike. This was one of the most used roads in the state connecting the region from as far away as Western Pennsylvania and connecting Philadelphia with the local town of Bethlehem. It was just a small town initially which at that time was named Sellers Tavern, due to one of its main attractions, a large inn that was popular with both travelers and local residents in the area. This building is in fact still standing in the town today, having been restored in recent times and developed into an upscale dining establishment.
The town’s development moved at a slow pace over the next century until the Industrial Revolution when a major railroad was built to run through the area in the 1860’s. The North Pennsylvania Railroad also ran parallel to the Bethlehem Pike and this played a pivotal role in the town’s development as it kindled the growth of the light textiles industry here which in turn attracted settlers to the area and increased the existing population considerably. The main body of water in the region was the Perkiomen Creek and its east branch ran directly through Sellersville connecting it with the larger town of Perkasie nearby. However, in the early 1900’s it was deemed necessary to dam the creak and this resulted in the creation of a smaller body of water that was named Lake Lenape. The town’s administrators decided to build a park that would run along the length of the lake’s shores for local residents to enjoy and this popular outdoor area was developed further in the twenties and thirties, becoming home to a funfair with a carousel, roller coaster and many other amusements. Thanks to the railroad, this was also a popular attraction for visitors from Philadelphia during the summer months and became a favored vacation spot for the working classes in the region. Today, only the carousel remains at the Perkasie end of the lake but the area is still popular with both locals and visitors who want to escape the worst of the summer heat and there are numerous events and activities on offer here throughout the calendar year.
In the 21st century, this is still a relatively small town which has managed to retain much original charm and there are several buildings still standing from centuries past. These include the prolific Washington House, that is now a renowned restaurant and the Sellers Theater which was opened in 2001 after being converted from the original movie theater that had stood in the town since 1864. This hosts a variety of live music events on a regular basis and has become a popular entertainment venue in recent years. In addition, the Teller Cigar Factory that was built in 1866 and expanded in 1895 still attracts many visitors with an interest in the area’s industrial history especially since it was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1987.