Along the Ford

Judge upholds Crebilly denial

Chester County Judge Mark L. Tunnell, Monday, upheld Westtown Township’s denial of the Toll Bros. conditional use application for a flexible development at the 320-plus-acre Crebilly Farm property on Route 926. “(T)he Board properly denied Toll Pa’s conditional use application on four separate grounds,” Tunnell wrote in his 23-page decision. “Consequently, the appeal ...

 
 

Wyeth working to promote pink-pumpkin trend

A year ago, the October observances for Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Halloween spawned a smattering of pink pumpkins at the Wyeth homestead on Creek Road in Chadds Ford, but that was just the beginning. The creator of the inaugural pink display was Victoria Browning Wyeth, who had faced a double mastectomy right around Halloween. Even though she wasn't feeling ...

 

Roadwork for Sept. 29 to Oct. 5

PennDOT has announced the following road projects, which are weather-dependent and could affect residents in the greater Chadds Ford area during the week of Sept. 29 to Oct. 5. Motorists are urged to allow extra time if they are traveling through one of the construction zones. Work schedules are subject to change. • Motorists will encounter lane closures in both ...

 

Flood warning for Chadds Ford

The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for the Chadds Ford area for this afternoon into late night or whenever the warning is lifted. At 7:30 a.m., the stage was 6.8 feet. Flood stage is 9 feet. Minor flooding is forecast. The creek is expected to rise above flood stage around midday and continue to rise to near 9.7 feet by this evening.  

 

Around Town Sept. 27

• It’s Fall Festival time at Newlin Grist Mill. The event is Saturday, Oct. 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Old favorites will be returning, joined this year by millwrights, a cooper, a shoemaker, and a bloomery iron furnace. Listen to music by the Colonial Revelers, learn colonial dancing, and enjoy performances by Tuckers’ Tales Puppet Theatre. Visitors can shop for ...

 

Gearing up for The Carve

The Chadds Ford Historical Society hosts the 43rd annual Great Pumpkin Carve beginning Oct. 18. The Great Pumpkin Carve is a major fundraiser for the society and has become  the quintessential Brandywine Valley experience and is a great way to get in the Halloween spirit. The Carve was started by artists Andrew and Jamie Wyeth and Jimmy Lynch in the 1970s to decorate ...

 

Hundreds take part in Bike the Brandywine

Close to 500 bicyclists heard the sounds of cowbells as they returned to the Chadds Ford Historical Society after biking one of three loops through the Brandywine Valley Saturday. It was part of the third annual Bike the Brandywine, an event put on by the Brandywine Conservancy. Cyclists had their choice of a 25-mile loop, one of 45 miles or another that was 80 miles ...

 

Living History: The du Ponts, Part II

When he wrote a letter to Alexander Hamilton in 1801 asking about an investment in property along the Brandywine for the site of a mill, E.I. du Pont was building a relationship with the man considered by many historians as the architect of the American financial system. Hamilton had long been a proponent of diversifying the colonial economy away from a strong ...

 

Roadwork for Sept. 22 to Sept. 28

PennDOT has announced the following road projects, which are weather-dependent and could affect residents in the greater Chadds Ford area during the week of Sept. 22 to Sept. 28. Motorists are urged to allow extra time if they are traveling through one of the construction zones. Work schedules are subject to change. • Base repair and paving will cause lane ...

 

Around Town Sept. 20

• Critically acclaimed and Grammy award-winning guitarist, David Cullen performs in concert on West Chester University’s campus on Monday, Oct. 1 at 7:30 p.m. in the Ware Family Recital Hall, Swope Music Building and Performing Arts Center, 817 S. High Street, West Chester. The event is free. Cullen, a 25-year, tenured professor of both jazz and classical guitar at ...

 

Historic map details Battle of Brandywine campaign

How lucky we are to live in an area steeped in history, particularly the bloody Battle of Brandywine, the longest single-day battle of the war, with continuous fighting for 11 hours. We drive on the same roads where British and American troops marched. We walk on the Sandy Hollow trail where for fifty-one minutes British and American troops pushed each other back and ...