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Built in stages mostly between 1770 and 1789 on an original 250 acre tract by lawyer Andrew Hamilton on the West bank of the Schuylkill River in what is now Philadelphia, Woodlands Mansion is a testiment to the influence of English style. The concave recess in the entry hall is a classic example of the Adam style in America.
Particularly interesting to me was the stairwell, with a hand rail sweeping down in one unbroken line and an undulating outside wall. Although a tour de force, the stairwell is not visible from the formal entrance (3 comments)
The Benge House in Yorklyn, Delaware is so close to schools and shops, yet as you can see from the photo above (looking down the hill towards the back of the house), it is in a very private setting. Set on almost 3 acres, this nearly 200 year old historic Delaware stone home has been completely restored, and a new kitchen/great room added where there was once a shed. The present owner discovered 2 fireplaces had been covered over, and they are now exposed. the attic has been turned into a Master Suite retreat, and a second story has been added (3 comments)
In 1765, John Bartram and his son William, found the tree above on a Georgia riverbank, and named it Franklinia, after their friend, Benjamin. If they had not brought it back to Philadelphia, there would be no living examples of this tree, which had disappeared from the wild by 1803. Bartram founded America's first botanical garden, but it never was a formal garden and still is not, explaining George Washington's remark when he visited in 1787, that he found it "not laid off with much taste."
Bartram's Garden is now a 45 acre City park in Philadelphia (0 comments)
Close to the University of Delaware, restaurants and shops, and Karpinski Park and the trail around the Newark Reservoir, this $349,900 3 bedroom, Newark, Delaware, home offers a great opportunity for those wanting to spend weekends at the shore and not cutting grass. As part of an "over 55" community, but excluded from age restrictions, Peter's Fruit Farm gets the grass cutting and snow shoveling included with community dues. Easy days--sit on the large screened porch, catch the breezes, and imagine what it would have been back 100 years ago, with nearby neighbors from town stopping by Peter's Fruit (2 comments)
This week, Preservation Delaware held a tour of Wilmington's University and Whist Club, a building whose nucleus started when Dr. James Tilton, a Revolutionary War hero, built a home in 1802 on a site he called Federal Hill (hoping the National Capital might be constructed here). One major element remaining from this time is the concrete slab where he performed autopsies located in the basement (a truly gruesome room with the slab slanted enough for blood to run off. I know, gory way to start this blog)
Here you see the original conservatory, now a lounge, and (3 comments)
At the turn of the last century, this home was known as The Buttonwoods, after the giant sycamore trees on the property. One of them is on the National Historic Tree Registry. This 5 bedroom historic home sits on 4 acres and not only contains a house, but a gristmill, whose exterior has been restored and interior reinforced. It is in a country setting, but not far from a shopping center with a new supermarket, restaurants, and a coffee shop. On the banks of the Big Elk Creek, which is on the southern edge of this lovely piece of (4 comments)
Just outside of the college town of Newark, Delaware, this lovely 4 bedroom, 3 bath Chester County, Pennsylvania, stone home dates back to 1812, and gives ample opportunity to live like a country squire yet close to conveniences. The historic Palmer Farmhouse features 5 original fireplaces, period mantels, pine floors, chair rails, and 3 floors of living space. The 2 acres include a barn, hot tub, in-ground pool, and a stream, as well as a view of a pond from the back patio. The oil heater, well pump, septic, and pool are all less than 10 years old. So just come and (0 comments)
Open House Sunday at Historic Home For Sale in Yorklyn, Delaware - 09/14/10 09:32 AM
If you care about the environment and love the traditional way of building stone houses, you have a chance to own a beautiful home in a private setting and the State will pay you for preserving the land and the exterior of the Benge House, an historic home presently for sale in the old mill village of Yorklyn, Delaware.
This location overlooking the Red Clay Creek is so important to the adjacent Auburn Heights Preserve that the State of Delaware has offered facade and conservation easements to the next owner. If you are interested in learning more about this once (7 comments)
There's not much to say about the great day for the return of the Brandywine Festival of the Arts (slightly changed name) on the Brandywine River Sept. 11-12. If you look carefully through the colorful stained glass by Kris Kraft of Gainesville, VA., you can see the rock-studded water in the background. And ever-popular local artist Larry Anderson always draws a crowd.
The beautiful pastels of Madeleine Kelly of nearby Pennsylvania certainly attracted my attention, and well-established local icon, Mitch Lyons attracted his loyal followers with his unique clay monoprints.
Here's great news for fans of Wilmington, Delaware's historic Union Park Gardens neighborhood. The home at 442 South Bancroft Parkway is hosting an open house Sunday, September 12 from 1 to 4 PM to introduce a price reduction to $209,900. So this made a best buy even better! Mint condition, great location on the parkway, and walk to restaurants and pubs in Little Italy. What more could you want? Come see us Sunday and visit the website for this house at www.psre.com/9505.
This last Saturday was the 104th Annual Arden Fair in Arden, Delaware, an artists community that was once a summer getaway for Philadelphians who kept cottages there. It was founded on the principles of Henry George as a single tax community. You don't own the land and don't pay County taxes, but pay a flat fee to Arden every year. No matter how large your home, you share common paths and woodlands with your fellow Ardenites. Above you see some of the arts and crafts vendors, and my favorite part, the Flea Market. This year I purchased a pair (0 comments)
If this looks like home to you, you need to consider Peter's Fruit Farm, an historic Delaware home located in the City of Newark, Delaware. With a wide wrap-around porch, there is still time to catch some fine fall weather and gaze at the nearby pond from this great location. Not only that, but you don't have to worry about cutting the grass or raking the leaves. And when the snow comes, you won't have to shovel. What is the reason? This property is part of an over-55 community (although owners of this house can be any age) and (3 comments)
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