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Lower Swedish Cabin

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Lower Swedish Cabin
Lower Swedish Cabin, November 2009
Lower Swedish Cabin is located in Pennsylvania
Lower Swedish Cabin
Lower Swedish Cabin is located in the United States
Lower Swedish Cabin
LocationDrexel Hill, Upper Darby, Pennsylvania
Coordinates39°56′17.78″N 75°18′04.75″W / 39.9382722°N 75.3013194°W / 39.9382722; -75.3013194Coordinates: 39°56′17.78″N 75°18′04.75″W / 39.9382722°N 75.3013194°W / 39.9382722; -75.3013194
Area1.7 acres (0.69 ha)
Architectural styleSwedish Plan
NRHP reference No.80003484[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHPJune 9, 1980
Designated PHMCOctober 21, 1989[2]

Lower Swedish Cabin is a historic Swedish-style log cabin on Creek Road in the Drexel Hill section of Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, along Darby Creek. The cabin may be one of the oldest log cabins in the United States and is one of the last cabins built by the Swedish settlers that remains intact.[3]


The house was likely built sometime between 1640 and 1650 by Swedish immigrants who were part of the New Sweden colony.[4] Although claims have been made that in the early 1900s, film pioneer Siegmund Lubin filmed several movies at the site, recent scholarship does not support this assertion.[5] The house served as a private residence until 1937, when it was recorded by the Historic American Buildings Survey and the cabin became the property of the township of Upper Darby.[6] After neglect and vandalism throughout the mid-1900s the house was restored in 1987.

It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.[1]

In 1937

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  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  2. ^ "PHMC Historical Markers". Historical Marker Database. Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission. Archived from the original on December 7, 2013. Retrieved December 20, 2013.
  3. ^ "The Lower Swedish Cabin". Atlas Obscura. Retrieved 20 January 2022.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on November 7, 2012. Retrieved June 16, 2013.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ Eckhardt, Joseph P. (1997-01-01). The King of the Movies: Film Pioneer Siegmund Lubin. Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press. ISBN 9780838637289.
  6. ^ "National Historic Landmarks & National Register of Historic Places in Pennsylvania" (Searchable database). CRGIS: Cultural Resources Geographic Information System. Note: This includes David C. Stacks (October 1974). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination Form: Lower Swedish Cabin" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-01-06.

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