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Looking for older and historic homes in the State of Delaware or in Southern Chester County, Pennsylvania? Carolyn Roland is a trained Architectural Historian and a Board Member of the Chester County Historic Preservation Network and Friends of the Furness Railroad District as well as the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Delaware and Chester County Historical Societies.,..
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According to the Hockessin (Delaware) Historical Society,  if you’d passed a certain plain, stuccoed house in Hockessin in the 1990s, you probably wouldn’t have noticed it, I certainly never did. And I certainly didn't suspect that it contained a 1790s log tavern. But in the years around 1800, T...
10/18/2021
It seems like it's been weeks since we had a sunny day, and I didn't want to waste it by not taking a long walk at Winterthur Museum and Gardens.  Not yet looking like fall as far as the leaves were concerned, everything was green. The viburnums, however, did sport bright red berries. And the fo...
10/14/2021
A visit to the University of Delaware Botanic Gardens the other day turned out to be a colorful trip. The Trial Garden showed what could be done given the restrictions imposed by the gardeners. The plants are watered and fertilized for a week or two after planting, but that's it. Also on display ...
10/07/2021
It was a beautiful, sunny day October 2--perfect for this long-running Pennsylvania house tour. With 23 homes to choose from, we decided to start with those around Everhart Square in the Borough of West Chester. And what a winner the Paxson house on Union St. was. Built in 1850 and owned by the s...
10/04/2021
Nothing beats old Mother Nature at this time of year, but definitely giving her a nudge is Glen Willow Orchards in Avondale, Pennsylvania. Although it takes a few minutes longer to get there than to my regular grocery store, when I need farm grown produce and especially their orange juice, I make...
09/27/2021
To those driving up the Philadelphia Pike just outside of Wilmington, Delaware, an anomaly appears--a thick stone wall with a home peeking out behind it. What could this ancient looking building be?   To those in the know about the importance of this area during the Revolutionary war, the Penny H...
07/21/2021
For the first time in 20 years, the historic Penny House in Wilmington, Delaware is available for a new owner. Built in 1749, this home saw George Washington (said to favor the spring water out back), Lafayette, and the troops traveling the Washington-Rochambeau Trail on the road to victory at Yo...
07/13/2021
Successfully threading my way through a day with occasional rain, I made my first visit in several weeks to Winterthur Museum and Gardens.  After a rather silly encounter with a woman staffing the visitor center, who told me I needed a mask for the couple of feet I traversed through the visitor c...
06/26/2021
Last week I ventured down past Rehoboth Beach (once called "The Nation's Summer Capital") on a spit of land carrying Route 1 13 miles south to a little town called Bethany Beach.I wasn't sure what to expect--would there be a big boardwalk like Rehoboth, or massive condos towering over the highway...
06/26/2021
When I say, "Botanic Garden in Delaware," you may be thinking something on a duPont estate in the northern part of the state.  Well, downstaters decided to do something to remedy this assumption.  In early 2012, a group of energetic and garden-loving men and women came together under the leadersh...
06/18/2021