Sail the Antiques Treasure Trail

Ahoy! Gather your crew and set sail early next Saturday, June 22 and Sunday, June 23 for Chadds Ford’s first Antiques Treasure Trail. Follow your own treasure map to find breath-taking antiques just waiting for you at more than 200 dealers! Perhaps you are looking for something specific or maybe you are looking for a unique surprise. Either way, you are sure to find something during these two days of spirited treasure hunting.

Steering the ship is Chadds Ford’s own Lisa Vonderstuck. She has just returned from her own treasure-finding excursion at the enormous antiques fair in Brimfield, Massachusetts and is excited to share her New England booty with you. Lisa says, “I love our village of Chadds Ford—the people, the shops, and the history.”

Start your day at Lisa’s Brandywine View Antiques, 1244 Baltimore Pike across from Hannum’s Harley-Davidson®. There you will find a 15,000 square foot bank barn overflowing with antiques inside and out on the lawn. Then work your way south. Or, start at Brandywine River Antiques Market at 800 Baltimore Pike and work your way north. Make ports-of-call along the way at Pennsbury-Chadds Ford Antique Mall (with over 100 dealers) and the historic village of the Chadds Ford Barn Shops. There will be discounts and surprises galore at every point along the way.

The Chadds Ford antiques dealers who organized this event know you need sustenance to shop. Brandywine View Antiques will offer hot dogs with a donation to the Brandywine SPCA. Mushroom Café at 880 Baltimore Pike will be ready to serve you 8 am until 4 pm as will the Chadds Ford Barn Shops’ Chadds Café + Store.

The treasure route is five miles long and there will be signs to help you identify participating locations. So, gather your doubloons, plan to explore both days between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. and swagger home with amazing finds!




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About Lora B. Englehart

Lora has a passion for art, gardening, yoga, music and dancing. She continues to research the life of locally born abolitionist and 1998 National Women's Hall of Fame inductee Mary Ann Shadd Cary. She is a dedicated community volunteer, working with the American Association of University Women, Wilmington, DE branch (programs chair), Chadds Ford Historical Society (former board member) and Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art. Lora lives in Birmingham Township with her husband Bill and son Brad. Daughter Erika lives in Pittsburgh with husband Bob and baby Wilhelmina. She is a former French, Spanish and ESL teacher, bilingual life insurance underwriter and public relations coordinator for Delaware Art Museum and Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art.



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