80th Annual Chester County Day Tour a winner

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Real Estate Agent with Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate Delaware RS-0010115

It was a beautiful, sunny day October 2--perfect for this long-running Pennsylvania house tour. With 23 homes to choose from, we decided to start with those around Everhart Square in the Borough of West Chester. And what a winner the Paxson house on Union St. was.

wood fallsBuilt in 1850 and owned by the same family today, it highlighted the talents of the owner.  He builds finials for lightning rods, but has become a self taught cabinet maker, creating doors, paneled walls, wainscoting, and period furniture in the home. One piece I particularly appreciated seemed to be a copy of a high chest by the Dunlap family of New Hampshire which is in the collection of nearby Winterthur Museum.

We ran into a friend of the owner outside,and he gave us a tour of the grounds, which extend way back into the center of the block (apparently the whole block is Paxson family territory). Jamie Paxson created a path of rounds of locust wood leading to a wonderful rock waterfall and pond (photo above). 

After our in-town wandering, we headed Brooklawnout into the countryside to see what wonders awaited us. The largest home was Brooklawn (1682 with later additions) outside of Kennett Square. At 11,000 square feet, it certainly was grand, even having a ballroom (no pics allowed inside houses). But what fascinated me was the exterior brickwork.  Flemish bond brickwork, immaculately maintained by a proud equestrian family.  And who wouldn't display their 1996 Olympic torch, casually leaning against a wall in the ballroom?

 

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Comments (4)

Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

I have always enjoyed touring grand historical homes.  I've never quite understood why they sometimes don't allow photos.

Oct 04, 2021 08:29 PM
Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA

Myrl--I think people don't want photos of personal objects like valuable antiques to be seen online by crazy people.

Oct 05, 2021 07:36 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Carolyn, on having this blog FEATURED in the PHOTOS group!

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Oct 04, 2021 08:31 PM
Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA

Thank you Myrl!

Oct 05, 2021 07:36 AM
Monica Hill
RE/Max Associates - Wilmington, DE
the REALTOR to help you discover Delaware

I need to pay closer attention to the timing of this next year! When is the next historical tour in our area?

Oct 04, 2021 08:54 PM
Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA

Hi Monica! This one is always first Sat. in October. New Castle is usually 3rd. Sat. in May. With pandemic, it's hard to predict others. The DE Art Museum had one every other year at Christmas, but none this year for sure. The Chester County Planning Commission has summertime Thursday night tours of historic towns but rarely include interiors of homes.

Oct 05, 2021 07:44 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Carolyn - what an attractive property and its history in one family is also interesting in itself.  I can see why - who would ever want to leave?   

Oct 05, 2021 03:42 AM
Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA

Michael--Yes, this very personal house was my favorite because the owner made so much furniture and architectural detail himself.

Oct 05, 2021 07:45 AM