historic homes: Concrete and Brick Walkways Are Rising in Protest! - 08/05/12 07:36 AM
Preservation Delaware had a very informative talk and walking tour in Old New Castle, Delaware yesterday. It's an especially appropriate place to discuss the way tree roots are reaching through walkways because the town not only has a large National Historic Register District of Historic Homes, but it has so many beautiful trees, and they line the brick walkways in town. This is a combination sure to keep both the town and the state (which owns the buildings on the Green) busy repairing walkways, as well as keeping local property owners busy.
Our local expert was Ken Darsney, a … (0 comments)

historic homes: Historic 18th C Brandywine Hills Stone Millers House Now For Sale - 06/23/12 12:30 AM
The Webster Family bought the land on which this historic home sits in the 18th Century, from the Talley family. These mid-seventeenth century settlers had owned 400 acres south of Naamans Creek, near Delaware's northern border with Pennsylvania. Through the years, only 4 families have owned the Webster property. Only remnants of Henry Webster's grist mill remain in the woods nearby, but the Shellpot Creek still flows through Brandywine Hundred into the Delaware River near Edgemoor,  Although the mill race that once powered the mill wheel disappeared long ago, it has been replaced by the present Brandywine Hills neighborhood.

historic homes: Mid-Town Brandywine's H. Fletcher Brown Park - 05/29/12 03:12 AM
Mid-Town Brandywine’s H. Fletcher Brown Park is a pleasant place to cool off on a hot summer day. This small park is at the intersection of South Park Drive and North King Street, the site of the former H. Fletcher Brown Vocational High School and the earlier Old Soldiers’ Park.
Named for renowned Wilmington chemist and philanthropist Harry Fletcher Brown (1867-1944), the park attracts a diverse group of visitors. One of the primary attractions in the park is a Charles Parks’ bronze sculpture. The piece, “The Apprentice,” bears a plaque with an inscription mentioning Brown's generous gifts in upport of vocational … (0 comments)

historic homes: Day In Old New Castle Coming Up Saturday - 05/17/12 12:08 AM
Every year on the third Saturday in May, Old New Castle in Delaware holds it's biggest event, Day in Old New Castle.  And this year, as in countless years past, a friend and I will be part of the cadre of volunteer docents greeting visitors to various historic homes.
Not only will you be able to visit shops, museums, and private homes between 10 AM and 5 PM, but some pretty spectacular gardens will also be open (pictures are: Packet Alley on The Strand and flower on the 2010 tour). There will be music, dancing, and change bell ringing … (2 comments)

historic homes: Delaware Workshop on Restoring Historic Windows Scheduled - 04/13/12 06:14 AM
Preservation Delaware is holding two workshops about historic window repair on April 28 and 29, 2012.

historic homes: April 2012 Historic Homes E-News - 04/01/12 09:33 AM
April  2012 Historic Homes E-News                             The Delaware State Historic Preservation Office awarded nearly $1.9 million in Historic Preservation Tax Credits during fiscal year 2011. These state-tax credits were granted, to property owners for eligible expenses incurred during the rehabilitation of 14 historic buildings in communities across the state including Bear, Delaware City, Laurel, New Castle, Newark and Wilmington. Further information at  http://history.delaware.gov/preservation/taxcredit.shtmlSaturday, April 7, 2012  "All That Is Dutch: Discovering the Dutch Roots in Delaware Through Archaeology." Program utilizes Dutch-related artifacts found in Delaware to explore how the Netherlands helped to shape the state's history. The Old State House, 25 … (0 comments)

historic homes: Carolyn Roland's Historic Homes E News for March, 2012 - 03/01/12 11:53 PM
March 5, 1804, Nathan Burrows, a farmer living near John Dickinson’s plantation outside Dover, Delaware wrote, “Tis with regret I acquaint you that your house was burnt down on Saturday last.” With these words, Dickinson discovered that his home had been accidentally destroyed by fire on Saturday, March 3, 1804. Exactly 208 years later, on Saturday, March 3, 2012, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., the John Dickinson Plantation, located at 340 Kitts Hummock Road in Dover, Del., will commemorate the anniversary of the blaze with a program that explores both the details of the fire and Dickinson’s decision to rebuild … (2 comments)

historic homes: Exclusive Peek at Historic Shannon Inn in Christiana, Delaware - 01/02/12 05:39 AM
I was fortunate enough to get a New Year’s Day 2012 tour of a property which was saved from destruction in 1976 in the historic crossroads town of Christiana, Delaware.
During the Revolutionary war, there were 2 hotels in Christiana, the Christiana Inn and the Shannon Hotel, located across the main intersection from one another and both dating back to at least 1770. The Shannon was famous for the quality of its food and the Inns played host to Washington, Lafayette, Benjamin Latrobe, and Mason and Dixon, according to local lore. (map from the 1868 Pomeroy and Beers Atlas of Delaware).
That the … (3 comments)

historic homes: Southern Chester County Market Report for September 2011 - 10/18/11 04:30 AM

September was a volatile month in Southern Chester County, Pennsylvania real estate. The number of new listings dropped dramatically, as did closed and pending sales. Although days on the market were up nearly 13% for the year, they dropped just over 2% for September, which is a slight bit of good news. Another bit of good news for the month was that although the median sales price fell almost 5% for the year, in September, the median sales price was up almost 7%.
What this says to me is that this could just be some of the higher priced homes … (0 comments)

historic homes: Here's A Chance to Tour a Historic House Online - 06/13/11 04:44 AM
In reading the latest issue of the Old House Journal, I found an ad for Old House Live. In this online resource, the editor of the magazine has an online tour of historic sites and architectural treasures.
In the current posting, she tours Washington DC's Halcyon House, which was built in 1787 by Benjamin Stoddert, the first Secretary of the Navy, which is in the Georgetown area. See http://www.oldhouseonline.com/halcyon-house-video-tour-in-historic-washington-dc/
(The house pictured is also a 1780's house, in Magnolia, Delaware, which is much less sophisticated in this small town country location)
The Old House Journal is a good resource … (0 comments)

historic homes: New Castle County Offers Rent-Free Historic Homes - 02/13/11 12:05 PM
New Castle County, Delaware, has awarded bids to 3 private investors who have pledged to rehabilitate and preserve deteriorating historic properties with their own money through the Resident Curatorship Program.
This program allows individuals or groups to preserve historic properties the County cannot afford to maintain that are located on County property. This private curatorship requires an investment of at least $150,000 within 5 years for restoring and maintaining the property while residing in it.
The Talley-Day property, located behind the Brandywine Hundred Library on Foulk Road, is boarded up and looks very sad (see photo) presently.  Successful proposals were submitted … (0 comments)

historic homes: Stone Home In Landenberg An Even Better Buy at $375,000 - 09/19/10 11:57 AM
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)

historic homes: Does the fireplace work? - 03/12/08 01:01 PM
After 20 years in the Real Estate business, I can almost predict what potential buyers (or just "tire kickers") will ask when they see a nice fireplace in an historic home.  Years ago, the sales trainers would instruct us to say, "If the fireplace works, will you buy the house?"
But my reaction is to use this question to ask further questions to determine why the question was asked, often leading to a more informative discussion about the merits of living in an old house.  Does the questioner know how fireplaces were built in the past?  Do they plan on using the … (4 comments)

historic homes: Treasures in Our Own Back Yards, Homes from 1900-1958 - 03/03/08 02:55 AM
You are probably wondering what changes add value to a 20th century home(one of the criteria for listing on the National Historic Register is that a property be at least 50 years old).  So put yourself in the place of a buyer, and think about what you need in a home to make it functional for your family.  Unlike the very early home buyer, you expect 1 ½ baths, and a modern kitchen with an eat-in area.  And a pre-1970 home should have oak or pine floors.  If they have been covered by carpets, this is a good time to uncover … (0 comments)

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