Although a Penn grant for the area dates back to 1706, and native inhabitants were here from the Seventh Century, the Borough of Avondale was not chartered until 1894. Many people pass through the town as they are headed from the Port of Wilmington to Lancaster County, but few stop to look at the historic properties as we did the other day.
Here are just a few, starting out with an old stone mill built in 1906 on the site of an earlier mill. It is being creatively re-used by the Edlon company for an engineering office (1) and one of the engineers (2) explains about a Teflon product is produced in the building next door as an adhesive for products such as HDF (high density fibreboard).
Then we see 2 views of a building dating back to the 18th century, once housing the Bachelor's Club (3), all of whom later changed their marital status and the building became a bank, shops, and now is proudly shown by it's owner, who runs a travel agency there (4), and who says HE is a bachelor!
We will tell you more in a future article.