Underground Railroad Walking Tour

This is the first iteration of an ongoing effort to research and highlight the history of the Underground Railroad and early American life in our community. What we do know is that our local history is an important part of the struggle for equal rights in this country.

Download the Tour Guide Here:

Upper Darby Underground Railroad Trail Guide (PDF)

Step-by-Step Directions

To access the self-guided tour by public transit, take the 101 or 102 trolley from 69th Street Transportation Center to Drexel Hill Junction. Thornfield, the Thomas Garrett House, and the first site on the tour is a block away. At the end of the tour, at the Friends Southwestern burial ground, walkers can pick up the 42 bus on Marshall Road, which runs through West Philadelphia and Center City to Penn’s Landing.

1-Thornfield (Private Property)

3218 Garrett Rd, Drexel Hill, PA 19026
Please note that this location is private property. When visiting this site, please do not trespass.

Starting Point


Head northeast on Garrett Rd toward Shadeland Ave—276 ft

Turn left onto Shadeland Ave

Destination will be on the right—0.1 mi

4 min (0.2 mi)

2-Riverview House / Cleveland Farm

475 Shadeland Ave, Drexel Hill, PA 19026


Head northwest on Shadeland Ave toward Huey Ave—0.2 mi

Turn right onto School Ln

Turn left at the Cemetery entrance, the farmhouse is on the left

Destination will be on the left—0.4 mi

12 min (0.6 mi)

3-Riverview Farm / Fernland Farm NPS (Arlington Cemetery)

2301 School Lane, Drexel Hill, PA 19026


Continue through the cemetery towards the State road entrance

The large white Mt.Vernon replica building is your destination

16 min (0.8 mi)

4-Museum at Arlington (Garrett Collection)

2900 State Rd, Drexel Hill, PA 19026


Head northeast on State Rd toward Kenwood Rd

Pass by Wawa (on the left in 1.0 mi)—1.2 mi

Turn left onto Hazel Ave—207 ft

Turn right onto Maple Ave—0.1 mi

Turn right—79 ft

Turn left

Destination will be on the left—200 ft

28 min (1.4 mi)

5-Hoodland (Sellers Library)

76 S State Rd, Upper Darby, PA 19082


Head north toward Wayne Ave—200 ft

Turn right toward Wayne Ave—79 ft

Turn right onto Wayne Ave—0.1 mi

Turn right onto S Pennock Ave—289 ft

Turn left onto West Chester Pike

Destination will be on the right—295 ft

6 min (0.3 mi)

6-Howard House (Pica’s)

7803 W. Chester Pike, Upper Darby, 19082


Head east on West Chester Pike toward N Pennock Ave—0.8 mi

Turn right onto Copley Rd—0.2 mi\

Turn right onto Chestnut St—75 ft

Turn left onto Copley Rd—0.1 mi

Turn left

Destination will be on the right—338 ft

24 min (1.2 mi)

7-Sellers Hall (St. Alice Church Property)

150 Hampden Rd, Upper Darby, PA 19082


Head southeast toward Hampden Rd—95 ft

Turn right onto Hampden Rd—135 ft

Turn left onto Walnut St—0.5 mi

Turn right onto Powell Ln

Destination will be on the right—381 ft

12 min (0.6 mi)

8-Friends Southwestern Burial Ground

236 Powell Ln, Upper Darby, PA 19082