Secane, Pennsylvania

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Secane, Pennsylvania
Unincorporated community
Secane is located in Pennsylvania
Location within the U.S. state of Pennsylvania
Coordinates: 39°54′50″N 75°18′08″W / 39.91389°N 75.30222°W / 39.91389; -75.30222Coordinates: 39°54′50″N 75°18′08″W / 39.91389°N 75.30222°W / 39.91389; -75.30222
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Delaware
Townships Upper Darby, Ridley
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 19018
Area code(s) 610 and 484

Secane is an unincorporated community in Ridley Township and Upper Darby Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, United States.[1] At its center is retail shopping and a commuter rail station. Immediately surrounding the center are four large garden apartment complexes surrounded by single-family homes. The neighborhood has a curvilinear/cul-de-sac street pattern typical of post-World War II residential development.[2] It is located in two school districts, Upper Darby and Ridley School District.


Secane is named after a 17th-century Algonquin leader.[3] In July 1683, William Penn purchased the lands between Chester Creek and the Schuylkill River from the Unami chiefs Secane and Icquoquehan.[4][5]

Secane was the home of the Tully-Secane Country Club. However, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia converted the golf course into Our Lady of Fatima Church.[6]


Secane is divided between the municipalities of Ridley Township, Pennsylvania, and Upper Darby Township, Pennsylvania, and is often confused with Clifton Heights, Pennsylvania, since the two communities share the same the ZIP code.

The Muckinipattis Creek initiates in Secane and runs south through the community until it meets with Darby Creek in Tinicum Township.[7]


Secane has a population of almost 1000 and was farmland before it was developed into a residential area in the 20th century.


Three main roads run through the town, Providence Road, South Avenue and Franklin Avenue, which leads to Kedron Avenue (Route 420).

Secane SEPTA station 2015

Secane Station is a stop on the SEPTA Regional Rail Media/Elwyn Line, which runs west from Philadelphia to Elwyn.[8] The station was previously a stop on the Pennsylvania Railroad and known as Spring Hill.[9]

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ "Geographic Names Information System". Retrieved 3 November 2017. 
  2. ^ "Making Secane a Walkable Community" (PDF). Retrieved 3 November 2017. 
  3. ^ Bright, William (2004). Native American Placenames in the United States. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press. p. 428. ISBN 0-8061-3576-X. Retrieved 3 November 2017. 
  4. ^ Hanna, Charles Augustus (1911). The Wilderness Trail. New York: G.P. Putnams's Sons. p. 97. Retrieved 4 November 2017. 
  5. ^ Myers, Albert Cook (1970). William Penn's Own Account of the Lenni Lenape or Delaware Indians. Moorestown, NJ: Middle Atlantic Press. p. 25. ISBN 0-912608-13-7. Retrieved 4 November 2017. 
  6. ^ Silverman, Jeff. "Here today, gone tomorrow - The Philadelphia Area's Lost Golf Courses" (PDF). Retrieved 4 November 2017. 
  7. ^ "Feature Detail Report for Muckinipattis Creek". Retrieved 4 November 2017. 
  8. ^ "Secane Station". Retrieved 3 November 2017. 
  9. ^ Springfield Township, Delaware County. Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing. 2004. ISBN 9781439629017. Retrieved 4 November 2017. 
  10. ^ Lyon, Bill (2000). I Feel Great and You Will Too!. New York: Simon & Shuster. p. 46. ISBN 0-7432-2213-X. Retrieved 3 November 2017.