Measuring Success

How we APPRECIATE

2021

The Landscapes3 Appreciate Goal is to "Preserve the historic resources and landscapes that define our cultural heritage to inspire the future through tangible connections to our shared past." The following success stories represent key examples of how this goal has been realized through the actions of public and private entities throughout Chester County. This listing is not exhaustive and there are many more such success stories to be found around the county.

PhotoHistoric Tredyffrin Barn

The Historic Tredyffrin Barn and Jones Log Barn Living History Center showcases farm life in the 18th-century in Chester County, as well as Tredyffrin's role in the Revolutionary war and the process of preserving a historic barn. The barn was dismantled, relocated, and restored as part of the Living History Center at Duportail — a project which began back in 2001. The preservation of this barn helps to implement Landscapes3 Appreciate Objective D, "Preserve the stories of our cultural heritage and connect them to our residents and our future," as well as Preserve Recommendation 5, "Enhance protection of cultural resources."

PhotoAdaptively Reused Buildings: Strodes Mill Barn, Former Greenback School, & Frick's Lock

During 2021, restoration progressed at the Strodes Mill Historic site in East Bradford Township. In December, the Brandywine Conservancy announced a $5,000 mini-grant award for the design of formal restoration plans for the exterior of the historic Barn. Additionally, the former Greenback School in Upper Uwchlan Township began conversion into residential units. This site is listed in the Historic Resources Inventory. Construction continued at the Frick's Lock Village historic Site in 2021 as well. This site is a trailhead for the County Shuylkill River Trail, which is along a section of canal that included a double lock located about 250 feet west of the buildings, hence the name "Frick's Lock." These initiatives help to implement Landscapes3 Appreciate Recommendation 7, "Promote adaptive reuse and compatible redevelopment."

PhotoExpanding the County's Historical Record

During 2021, historic markers celebrating aviation pioneer George Alexander Spratt (1870-1934), the musician James Joseph "Jim" Croce (1943-1973), and the Battle of Brandywine were erected throughout Chester County. Sites submitted for listing on the Natural Register of Historic Places in 2021 included Lincoln University; Passtown Elementary School; and the Brooklawn estate farmstead. These initiatives help to implement Landscapes3 Appreciate Recommendation 6, "Enhance the historical record of the county."

PhotoOpening of the Kennett Heritage Center

In 2021, the Kennett Heritage Center opened at the historic Dr. Isaac D. Johnson House on North Union Street in Kennett Square. This rehabilitated house features the history of the Kennett Area community with rooms showcasing what life was like in Kennett Square during the 1700s, 1800s and 1900s through displays, storytelling, and artifacts from the past. This initiative helps to implement Landscapes3 Appreciate Recommendation 2, "Expand historic interpretation and education."

PhotoLondon Britain Historic Atlas

In the spring of 2021, a Historic Atlas was completed for London Britain Township. The Atlas identifies historic resources that are 50 years and older and follows National Register of Historic Places criteria. Such Atlases are being completed throughout the county on a municipal basis. This initiative helps to implement Landscapes3 Appreciate Recommendations 2, 3, and 4, "Expand historic preservation and education; update historic resource inventories; and expand preservation training."

PhotoRed Rose Rent Day Returns to Penn Township

The Red Rose Inn welcomed visitors for the first time in more than a decade on September 25, 2021 as Penn Township officially unveiled the historically important building. The township also revived Red Rose Rent Day — on the 290th anniversary that this interesting day began. This project allowed the township to ensure that a treasured part of their history would be preserved, as well as make improvements to the intersection at Route 796 and Baltimore Pike. This initiative helps to implement Landscapes3 Appreciate Objective B, "Protect historic town centers and villages for continued prominence in our future growth and sense of place."

The origin of the Inn dates back to the 1700s, when 5,000 acres was deeded to William Penn, III. The property was leased at a cost of one red rose per year. The deed specifically stating "his heirs and assigns forever pay one Red Rose, on the 24th day of June, if same be demanded." Thus how the name "Red Rose Inn" eventually came about.

PhotoTown Tours: Journeying to Freedom

During 2021, the annual Town Tours & Village Walks program focused on "Journeying to Freedom," addressing African American history. Seven programs were held online, live, or hybrid throughout the course of June through September. Subjects included William Still and the Underground Railroad, Harriet Tubman, Quaker abolitionists & the Barnard House, the Parker Sister's, the Lewis Fussell story, and the 20th Century Civil Rights movement. This initiative helps to implement Landscapes3 Appreciate Recommendations 2, "Expand historic interpretation and education," and 4, "Expand preservation training."

PhotoJuneteenth Celebrations

Multiple programs were held during the week of Juneteenth, which is June 19th, marking the first coordinated countywide Juneteenth celebration in Chester County. Some of the key participants were Voices Underground and the Chester County History Center. These events focused on efforts to better realize racial justice in Chester County from historic times up to the present day. This initiative helps to implement Landscapes3 Appreciate Objective D, "Preserve the stories of our cultural heritage and connect them to our residents and our future."

2020

The Landscapes3 Appreciate Goal is to "Preserve the historic resources and landscapes that define our cultural heritage to inspire the future through tangible connections to our shared past." The following success stories represent key examples of how this goal has been realized through the actions of public and private entities throughout Chester County. This listing is not exhaustive and there are many more such success stories to be found around the county.

Kennett Heritage Center

Throughout 2020, planning and design was undertaken for the Kennett Heritage Center in Kennett Square Borough. The Center will encourage visitors to engage in the area's historic landscape through tours, special events, and an educational kiosk. The Center will include displays of the area's history from the 1700s to the 1900s. This initiative helps to implement Landscapes3 Appreciate Recommendation 2, "Expand historic interpretation and education."

PhotoChester County Historical Preservation Network Workshops

In February 2020, the Chester County Historical Preservation Network held the Preservation Leadership Luncheon, and in March they held their Spring Workshop. Presentations addressed demolition review issues, historic resource criteria standards, identifying historic architectural details, and defining historic resources. This training helps to implement Landscapes3 Appreciate Recommendation 4, "Expand preservation training."

PhotoMaster Plan for Birmingham Hill

In May 2020, a town hall meeting was held regarding the master plan for the 113-acre Birmingham Hill preserve in Birmingham Township. The plan addresses historical interpretation for the Battle of Brandywine in 1777. Proposed improvements include trails, parking, a viewing terrace, and a commemorative monument. This initiative helps to implement Landscapes3 Appreciate Recommendation 2, "Expand historic interpretation and education."

Photo2020 Town Tours and Village Walks Virtual Summer Series

In September 2020, the Town Tours and Village Walks program celebrated its 26th year of providing tours to historic sites. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the 2020 season consisted of six "Live at Five" virtual events which focused on Phoenixville, Historic Sugartown, Hibernia Mansion, West Chester, Yellow Springs, and Kennett Square. This series helps to implement Landscapes3 Appreciate Recommendation 2, "Expand historic interpretation and education."

PhotoBrandywine Battlefield Interactive Map

In September 2020, the Chester County Archives and Records Services released an interactive online tool called the 1777 Chester County Property Atlas. This webpage lists who lived on certain properties in Chester County in September off 1777, which was when the Battle of Brandywine occurred along the Brandywine Creek. This mapping resource helps to implement Landscapes3 Appreciate Recommendation 6, "Enhance the historical record of the county."

PhotoLincoln University Receives Grant for Historic Preservation

In April 2020, Lincoln University received a $500,000 grant from the National Park Service's African American Civil Rights Grant Program to renovate their "Amos House" and turn it into a historic Heritage Center. The Heritage Center will promote the preservation and continued study of Lincoln University's rich cultural heritage and legacy, and helps to implement Landscapes3 Appreciate Recommendation 2, "Expand historic interpretation and education."

The Rebranded Chester County History Center

In June 2020, the former Chester County Historical Society in West Chester rebranded itself as the Chester County History Center, while at the same time changing its core exhibits. The changes to the displays required that the exhibit space be closed, which happened to coincide with pandemic restrictions. When COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, the new Center facilities will open to the public. This initiative helps to implement Landscapes3 Appreciate Recommendation 2, "Expand interpretation and education."

PhotoPlanning tools for Historic Resources

During 2020, the Planning Commission posted historic resource related eTools on its municipal assistance web page. Guidance on municipal standards for the protection of historic buildings, structures, neighborhoods, and landscapes have been updated as well as guidance for municipalities to identify policies and measures to achieve cultural and historic resource preservation goals. These tools help to implement Landscapes3 Appreciate Recommendation 4, "Expand preservation training."

2019

During 2019, public and private organizations undertook various initiatives that helped to implement the Landscapes3 Appreciate Goal, "Preserve the historic resources and landscapes that define our cultural heritage to inspire the future through tangible connections to our shared past." The following success stories highlight some of the more notable initiatives.

PhotoTown Tours and Village Walks Celebrates 25th Anniversary

In 2019, more than 2,000 people attended the 25th anniversary of the Town Tours & Village Walks program. These walking tours, held on summer evenings, wind through historic neighborhoods, hamlets, villages, and historic sites and districts. They help the county's historical commissions and societies to showcase local history, particularly new historical research. This initiative helps to implement Landscapes3 recommendation, "Expand heritage tourism programs."

PhotoNational Register Historic Resources Interactive Map

In 2019, the Planning Commission produced a web based interactive map listing all properties that are either listed, or eligible to be listed, on the National Register of Historic Places. The county ranks second in the state for the number of individually-listed properties and districts in the National Register for Historic Places. The map features approximately 635 properties. This initiative helps to implement Landscapes3 recommendation, "Expand historic interpretation and education."

PhotoMunicipal Historic Atlas Maps

In 2019, Municipal Historic Atlas maps were initiated by nine of Chester County's municipalities. These maps are compiled by municipal historical commission members and interested volunteers, to identify historic resources (buildings, structures, sites, and objects) that are at least 50 years old, as a starting point to follow the guidelines of the National Register of Historic Places. This initiative helps to implement Landscapes3 recommendation, "Update historic resource inventories."

PhotoBe Here Brewing in Avondale and the Historic Bull Tavern in Schuylkill Townsip

In 2019, there were two developments that typified adaptive reuse of historic buildings. Avondale's first brewpub, Be Here Brewing, opened in the restored National Bank of Avondale which was built in 1895. Also, the Valley Veterinary Hospital moved their practices to what was once the historic Bull Tavern (built in 1734) located in Schuylkill Township. These initiatives help to implement Landscapes3 recommendation, "Promote adaptive reuse and compatible development."

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