For a few years, my husband, my son, my stepson and I lived in a small town. It was located in Southeast Pennsylvania about 45 minutes from Philadelphia in Bucks County. Granted, Bucks County, as alive as it was, was like living in the middle of nowhere, and we loved it that way.
Sellersville, PA’s history began in the early 1700s. It is centered on a major road called Bethlehem Pike that connects Philadelphia to Bethlehem. Of note, it had a large inn, which is today called the Washington House because apparently George Washington visited several times during the Revolutionary War. Sellersville grew very slowly until the Industrial Revolution and the 1860s, the Pennsylvania Railroad was built, running parallel to Bethlehem Pike and bringing with it population growth.
Today, Sellersville is relatively small mainly because it is located between a ridge line and a larger town called Perkasie. The center of Sellersville runs along Bethlehem Pike which is today called “Old Route 309.” The Washington House is still there and has been restored. The textile industry has moved away so today, it is primarily a small residential town for people who go to urban centers to work. The town is surrounded on three sides by open country and spread out housing developments.
The Pekiomen Creek runs through the town and because was there was a dam built in the 1900s, it created Lake Lenape. Along the length of the lake, which is cuts between Perkasie and Sellersville, a park was built. The flooding in late fall and early spring of the creek and lake can be quite a nuisance, but it is a small one compared to the peacefulness of Sellersville.
It is true that life in a small town can drag, but the biggest mistake a person can do is to leave a small town (that would be me). Friendships in small towns are deep and everlasting because they are not based on social status, they are based the nature and character of people. People in small towns are always friendly and they are never to busy to help a neighbor. Housing is also much cheaper in small towns than it is in urban areas. You can have a bigger place in a small town for the same price in the city. When you have children, this makes all the difference in the world. My favorite thing about small towns is that there is less competiveness and if you own a business, you know exactly what I mean.
Needless to say, I don’t remember being this stressed when I lived in a small town, and I am very tempted to sell my home and move back. When you live in a big city or town, the obligations never end and it seems like you are always running from one direction to the next. Life in a small town moves at a slower and more relaxed pace. This means less health problems, lower blood pressure, and better mental health.
Since my diagnoses of rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia, I have been contemplating moving away from the busy life. We currently live in a major suburb of Northeast Ohio, and I would trade it a heartbeat to move away to a small town. It seems like my life was a lot less complicated when we lived in a small town. Unfortunately, it is not that easy to sell my home and uproot my family unless I know someone who has connections. (A girl can dream, can’t she?)