Darby Borough Building

Welcome to Darby Borough!!

Darby is a Borough in Delaware County, Pennsylvania along Darby Creek 5 miles southwest of downtown Philadelphia.  Darby was settled about 1654  and inhabited by Quakers early in the colonial era.  Incorporated on March 3, 1852, it had 3,429 residents in 1900, 6,305 in 1910, 10,334 in 1940, and 10,687 at the 2010 Census.

The name Darby is derived from the English city of Derby (pronounced “Darby”), the county town of Derbyshire (pronounced “Darbyshire”), the origin of many early settlers.

Comedian and actor W.C. Fields was born in 1880 at the Arlington Hotel, then located at 832 Main Street.

Darby is home to the fifth-oldest all-volunteer Fire Department and second-oldest free library in the United States, founded in 1743.

Darby was home of the 1925 Negro Baseball League World Series Champions The Darby Hilldales (also known as the Darby Giants and the Darby Daisys) in 1925.  There are 6 Hilldale players in the Coooperstown Baseball Hall of Fame.

Darby Borough Hall, Police Department and Recreation Center has recently relocated to 1020 Ridge Avenue in our brand new, state of the art Municipal Complex. 

We invite you to tour our site and discover more about Darby and its services, programs and people.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email