Drexel Hill is a census-designated place in Upper Darby Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, United States. Drexel Hill is located southwest of Center City, Philadelphia and is part of the Philadelphia metropolitan area. The population was 30,036 at the 2007 census. The CDP has a total area of 3.2 square miles (8.3 km2), all of it land.
The Swedish Log Cabin on Creek Road alongside Darby Creek is possibly the oldest log house in North America. Drexel Hill is located within the area claimed by the Swedish colony of New Sweden. The cabin is believed to have been built by early Swedish settlers who were part of New Sweden colony. The cabin was most likely built between 1638 and 1655, but the exact year is not known. Log Cabin architecture was a major contribution of the colonial Swedes. European settlers from other countries copied this style of housing and the log cabin became popular all across America.
Thornfield, the house of Thomas Garrett a famed abolitionist and Quaker, lies on Garrett Road (named for his family, who were among the earliest settlers of that part of the Township) and Maple Avenue in Drexel Hill. Garrett resided here before 1822 and would later work as a station master in Wilmington, Delaware, the last stop on the Underground Railroad. In 1956, the Thornfield house was purchased by Caroline and Walter Isard, active Quakers who moved to the area when Walter founded the Regional Science department at the University Of Pennsylvania. Caroline went on to found the Fair Housing Council of Suburban Philadelphia together with other concerned citizens in the area.
SEPTA operates two suburban trolley Lines through Drexel Hill: Route 101 Media and Route 102 Sharon Hill. Several bus lines also operate via Drexel Hill, including routes 107, 110, 111, 115 and 122.
The major roads running through Drexel Hill are Township Line Road (Route One), State Road, Burmont Road, Garrett Road, Lansdowne Avenue, Marshall Road, Drexel Avenue, Edmonds Avenue and Shadeland Avenue
- Drexel Hill Middle School
- Aronimink Elementary School
- Garretford Elementary School
- Charles Kelly Elementary School
- Hillcrest Elementary School
- Upper Darby Kindergarten Center
- Upper Darby Senior High School
- Monsignor Bonner High School for boys
- Archbishop Prendergast High School for girls
- Saint Andrew the Apostle School
- Saint Bernadette's School
- Saint Dorothy's School