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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.,..
This afternoon, I headed out for a walk to see if anything had changed since my last walk. I knew the County said they were fencing playgrounds and discouraging group play.  Back in the 1950's, when they built these houses, each neighborhood had a small park or two. We got two because there was a...
Yes, I live in the well-populated area of Brandywine Hundred outside of the City of Wilmington, Delaware. But it is an area which honors its history. Highland Farms, an organic market, is just down the road from me and across the street from Brandywine High School.  How did the Webster family far...
Today I visited Bellevue State Park in North Wilmington. The crowd in the main parking lot drove me to park near the tennis courts (they are waiving entrance fees at present).  On over 28 acres of land, this former duPont estate and 1830 Mt. Pleasant School building were given to the State in 197...
Growing up in Chicago, all I remember about celebrating March 19 is that all my classmates tried to wear green on March 17, to honor St. Patrick.  But we knew we would get our chance on the 19th, because all of us Polish-American kids would wear red, to honor St. Joseph.I was thinking of this las...
Since our options for being out and around seem to be limited to parks and our our yards, a friend and I took advantage of a sunny day and had a nice hike around the grounds of Winterthur Museum and Gardens today. The museum and shops are closed, but the groundskeepers are busy and we saw them bu...
A new "organic" grocery store, "Sprouts," has opened this week in North Wilmington (or Brandywine Hundred, the historic name). Since we really don't have a lot of sources of entertainment after all the museums and theaters have closed, they had a good number of people yesterday. The other end of ...
I came across this survey by The Economist which purports to gauge the mood of the economy by the songs people listen to: The Economist has carefully analyzed music consumption to “create a quantitative measure of seasonal misery.” The publication used data from a popular music streaming service ...
My favorite perennial flower is the Hellebore, or Lenten Rose, a late winter bloomer that is a member of the Buttercup family. This morning I started cleaning up one of the 3 planting beds in my back and front yards that become more crowded with Hellebores every year. Not that I mind them spreadi...
DELAWARE EVENTSOn Monday, March 2 at noon, hear about a "Bridge Between Two Eras" at Delaware's Auburn Valley State Park. Come enjoy the changing spring weather on this one hour journey through Yorklyn history. Participants will get to learn about the cross-continental journey of Auburn Valley's ...
You know I am a history junkie when I get charged up over  the only Revolutionary War battle fought in Delaware, the September 3, 1777 Battle of Cooch's Bridge.  Remarkably, the home (photo)  that served as headqarters for Colonial General Wm. Maxwell, then British General Cornwallis was in the C...

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