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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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...
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...
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...
This annual tour of 6 different gardens in Newark, Delaware and Landenberg, Pennsylvania led us on a merry chase this morning. A benefit for the Newark Arts Alliance, it led us to venues as different as suburban quarter acre lots to multi-acre properties in the woods. We were lucky to see many r...
“On the other side of the house, to a little distance, was a garden of old-fashioned roses and sweet shrubs that filled the air with fragrance when they were abloom. And there were beds of tulips and daffodillies, and there were graveled walks edged with box, and a greenhouse of shining glass a...
"Sweet, A Walking Tour of West Chester PA" was the billing for this Chester County History Center tour today. The History Center, founded in 1893, sponsored this talk led by guides in period costumes.We started out with an explanation of the types of cacao pods, then a demonstration of the beans...
Delaware's Mt. Cuba Center is a botanic garden that highlights the beauty of native plants. Once the estate of Pamela and Lammot du Pont Copeland, the garden opened to the public in 2013 and now spans more than 1,000 acres. It features garden pathways in formal and woodland settings, picturesqu...
On Sunday, I ventured out to Winterthur Museum and Gardens to see what was in bloom. I did learn a lot, but not exactly what I expected to learn. I shall explain. The field (above) next to the golf course still housed the temple folly (from a special exhibit pre-pandemic).The ostrich ferns were d...
Spring is definitely the time of year when my garden comes alive and shows all its bright colors. Daffodils, hyacinths, tulips, all vying for attention. Therefore, I yield the floor to the stars!
You can be pretty sure I am going to look for historic places when going on a hike. And this was historic for me, because this almost 3 hour hike came the day after I got my second Covid vaccine shot. Yes, I was tired afterwards, as was my friend Brenda, who is always up for a nice hike. We start...