Enjoy country estates, manor homes, and rolling hills on this year’s tour of Chester County’s Southwest quadrant. On October 6, Chester County Day will celebrate the area’s unique history, architecture, and landscapes. For 72 years, the first Saturday in October has been reserved for the Country’s oldest house tour.
Begin your day in East Bradford Township to see some of the oldest homes and barns in this section of Pennsylvania. Learn about the Abiah Taylor family and their lives as millers in the 18th century; the history of the “ice industry” unfolds as you tour a restored 1834 barn.
Continue into Pocopson Township to visit “Spring Brook Farm” – this circa 1870 stone home is sure to delight. Stop by Locust Grove School House to step back in time and to have a look inside this one room schoolhouse. On to Unionville, the London Grove Friends Meeting provides a tour of this historic Quaker meeting. Don’t forget to look for the “William Penn Oak Tree” on the grounds of the meetinghouse!
The Chester County Day tour moves into the Chadds Ford area to visit a home that was once the Fairville School, built in 1866. Just around the corner is another home thought to be a girl’s boarding school, rebuilt circa 1868. Enjoy the exhibit of needlepoint samples from the Brandywine Chapter of the Embroidery Guild of America on display in this coach home. The “John Hope House” has the best of both worlds – a historic main home built in 1720, added onto in 1820 and then completed with a spacious addition in 2006 that features a magnificent gourmet kitchen, family room, and master bedroom suite.
Tom Gavin, Director of Events and Volunteer Fundraising at The Chester County Hospital, describes the house tour as a fun, relaxed day where people are happy to get a chance to enjoy Chester County. “People come for all different things – beautiful gardens, appreciation of the art and architecture, and some just like to see how people live.” Experience the beauty of autumn in Chester County while supporting another local treasure – The Chester County Hospital.
WHEN: Saturday, October 6, 2012 @ 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
WHERE: Southwest Quadrant Of Chester County
TICKETS: $40 (purchased via WEB, phone or in person)
$100 (VIP Tickets in advance)
MORE INFO: Visit us online at Chester County Day