CFBA tours Painters Folly

Helen Sipala, far right, takes members of the Chadds Ford Business Association on a tour through Painters Folly.

Members of the Chadds Ford Business Association got a brief tour of Painters Folly as part of their May 3 breakfast meeting. The meeting was held at the municipal building, but with no supervisors in attendance.

Members of the Chadds Ford Business Association on the Widow's Walk at Painters Folly.

Township Manager Matt DiFilippo gave a brief update on township matters and told the group that the township is looking to set up a steering committee to decide on what to do with Painters Folly. The township bought the property for a total cost of almost $640,000.

Following the breakfast, a group of the members took a tour of the property, led by the now-former owner, Helen Sipala. She and her husband George bought the property in the 1970s.

The property, on just less than 4 acres next to the Brandywine Battlefield Park, was built in 1857 by Samuel Painter. Howard Pyle later lived there. Andrew Wyeth became a frequent visitor to the home while the Sipalas lived there and several of his paintings — Widow’s Walk and The Marriage Bed — were painted there.

 

 

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About Rich Schwartzman

Rich Schwartzman has been reporting on events in the greater Chadds Ford area since September 2001 when he became the founding editor of The Chadds Ford Post. In April 2009 he became managing editor of ChaddsFordLive. He is also an award-winning photographer.

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