For decades, the only reason people visiting Seitlzland Village were driving through or riding by on a train.
But two Shrewsberry residents, Ellen Darby and David Keller, are working to give people a reason to stop and stay.
“It’s satisfying, a labor of love,” said Darby.
In the 19th century, the small village near Glen Rock was a happening place.
“Every 15 minutes, the train ran through this area,” said Keller.
But the bustling railroad town didn’t last.
“The real demise was the flood of 1972, which eliminated most of the rail traffic, and by that point, there were no businesses in town,” said Keller.
Latching on the quaint and peaceful historic remnants, Darby and Keller made it their personal mission to transform Seitlzland’s Victorian-era buildings into functional homes and businesses.
“It’s really satisfying to clean out an old building and get it back down to the bones and then get those bones straightened out again,” said Darby.
It’s a full-time job.
“Everything is hand to mouth for us,” said Keller.
They do it because it’s their passion.
“We feel it can be a regional attraction,” said Keller.
Bikers and passengers are noticing the transformation.
“It’s pretty encouraging working here. There are always people coming off the bike trail, stopping to wonder what’s going on and giving us compliments,” said Darby.
It’s hard work, but a simple showing of true, hometown pride.
“It feels really good to watch the transformation and be part of that,” said Darby.
Darby and Keller have spent thousands of dollars on the renovation project. They are in their final stages, and now looking for tenants to fill their spaces.