History & Mission

The Hickman, founded in 1891, is a non-profit, licensed residential and personal care community serving people of all races and faiths. The fulfillment of our mission is made possible through the generosity of previous and current philanthropic donors.

The Hickman was started by two Quaker women, Sallie Sharpless and Lydia Hall, members of West Chester Monthly Meeting. The Board of Directors was originally composed of representatives from the Monthly Meetings of Concord Quarterly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends. The current Board includes members from many of those same Monthly Meetings and the wider Philadelphia area, as well as community members.

The Hickman, located on an historic campus in the Borough of West Chester, Pennsylvania (Quaker Hill), is bordered by Walnut, Biddle, High and Marshall Streets. We provide residential living and personal care (formerly known as Senior Living) in two distinctive historic buildings.

The Sharpless-Hall Building was built as two separate buildings in 1893 and 1896; they were later connected to form one structure. There are 28 units in Sharpless-Hall. The Hickman Building was constructed in 1935 and houses 41 units. The two buildings are connected by an underground tunnel.

Mission Statement

The Hickman is a senior living community located in the heart of West Chester, Pennsylvania. Guided by Quaker principles and tradition, The Hickman provides individualized care and assistance to older adults who seek a safe and affordable living environment.

Vision Statement

The Hickman will be the heart of a comprehensive program of care and services for older persons. The quality of the personalized care which characterizes The Hickman for over a century will continue as we expand our facility and range of services.

Diversity Statement

The Hickman believes that its community composed of Board, Staff and Residents, is enriched by its diversity. Quaker values lead to a policy of inclusion, of seeking out diversity and of nondiscrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, gender, age, ability or sexual orientation.

Our commitment to diversity flows from our common Quaker identity and values. Friends believe that each human life is sacred – that there is “That of God in every person.” This conviction has led to more than three centuries of Quaker action to promote equality, respect for difference, and the dignity of all people. The Hickman is committed to making its community a part of this heritage.