Looking Beyond the Walls

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When one Marcus Hook resident starting looking beyond the floors and walls of his home what he found was remarkable.  Michael Manerchia, started by finding broken bits of a plate under the flooring of his home he was in the process of remodeling.  The bits of plate have now turned into 30,000 artifacts and his home has become an active archeological dig.

After consultation about what might be going on with the house, they discovered that the home was a rare “Plank House,” meaning the construction materials were harvested from a ship in the early 18th century.  When all of the discoveries came to light, the renovation was put on hold and the house is currently being turned into a museum.

Looking beyond the walls of your home is an exercise in reflection of what could be covered up and what came before.  For the full story and gallery of photos click on the below link.

http://articles.philly.com/2015-08-05/news/65208954_1_artifacts-fund-raising-site

 

While we have historic homes on the mind…be sure to get your tickets to the 11th Annual Historic House Tour!

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Repair, Restore & Reinvent

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Mike Biddison and Andy Gustine of Native Woods located in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania are supporting a culture of repair, restoration and reinvention.  An article posted on Daily Local (http://www.dailylocal.com/general-news/20150710/small-talk-one-mans-junk-is-another-mans), covers their philosophy and techniques for preserving older buildings by using traditional building techniques.  One of the best forms of recycling is restoring an older building instead of demolishing, they are quoted “we support a culture of maintenance versus a culture of disposable.”

Learn more about Mike and Andy at their website Native Woods, and check out some of their recent projects!

Don’t forget to get your tickets as well for the 11th Annual Historic House Tour

http://tredyffrinhistory.org/?page_id=39

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2015 The Year of the Pennsylvania Barn

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Pennsylvania legislature has declared 2015 the year of the Pennsylvania Barn!  What does this mean? It is to raise awareness among barn owners and community residents and create a boost in the preservation movement.  Read the article below to learn more about this great declaration as well as to see how you can get involved in your own community.

Pennsylvania Barn Characteristics: A main characteristic of a Pennsylvania barn includes one side of the structure extending out over its foundation. The barn is banked into the land, with the lower level accessible from the front and the upper level from the back.

http://lancasteronline.com/news/local/state-legislature-declares-the-year-of-the-pennsylvania-barn/article_89ecb18c-e368-11e4-9ab2-57980dd44250.html?fb_action_ids=10206937430295711&fb_action_types=og.comments

Be sure to click over and learn about the Jones Log Barn located right in Tredyffrin

http://tredyffrinhistory.org/?page_id=36

 

 

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Attention Golf Fans

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After yesterday’s win by Jordan Spieth at the 115th U.S. Open at Chambers Bay, check out these four U.S. golf courses that are National Historic Landmarks and one is sitting in Tredyffrin’s backyard.

In terms of making history, Spieth made an impact on the history of the game of golf yesterday.  Spieth won the Masters and the U.S. Open in the same year, placing himself sixth in history.  Four of the others are icons, and all of them are Hall of Famers: Craig Wood (1941), Ben Hogan (1951 and 1953), Arnold Palmer (1960), Jack Nicklaus (1972) and Tiger Woods (2002).

Check out this link to view video and information on all four of the National Historic Landmarks

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/national-trust-for-historic-preservation/us-open-fans-check-out-am_b_7615102.html

 

 

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Preservation in Charleston & Savannah

Check out the recent coverage from CBS News on how Charleston and Savannah both 200 year old cities deal with historic preservation.  A great quote from Charleston Mayor Joe Riley highlights the importance of preservation in a city while also moving forward win modern times.  The design dilemmas they face and the creative concepts to solve them is perhaps what modern preservation is all about.

“A historic city should be a living place,” Riley said. “Because if you don’t have that, then it’s a former something. A former once-great city that now is pretty to see.”

Check out the article and video segment and see how you can impact your own city.

Two Southern gems - Charleston, S.C. (left), and Savannah, Ga. - struggle to preserve their historic charms without turning their backs on progress. CBS NEWS

Two Southern gems – Charleston, S.C. (left), and Savannah, Ga. – struggle to preserve their historic charms without turning their backs on progress. CBS NEWS

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/a-tale-of-two-cities-2/

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National Historic Preservation Month

May is National Preservation month, in honor of celebration and creating more awareness for preservation the Tredyffrin Historic Preservation Trust invites you to visit our website regularly to see what lectures and events we have coming up and learn more about our Capital Campaign.   During the month of May (and all year long) take a moment to look around and see what is going on in your neighborhood in way of preservation.

The Tredyffrin Historic Preservation Trust is on Facebook!  Please visit and “Like” our page to stay in the loop on upcoming events and preservation news.

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https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tredyffrin-Historic-Preservation-Trust/118262978217312

About the Tredyffrin Historic Preservation Trust

Founded in 2001, the Tredyffrin Historic Preservation Trust is a nonprofit 501 (c) (3) organization established in response to the threat to demolish the historic 18th Century Jones Log Barn.  The Trust’s mission is to preserve and protect historic and cultural resources in Tredyffrin Township for the benefit of present and future generations and to educate the public about the preservation and protection of historic cultural settings. 

The Trust meets the first Wednesday of each month at the Tredyffrin Township Building.  Information on the Trust and its activities are available at its website: www.tredyffrinhistory.org.

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Get a Taste for History at Nudy’s Cafe

Contact:  Pattye Benson

(610) 644-6759

e-mail: info@tredyffrinhistory.org

Nudy’s Café Supports Living History Center at Duportail

 With Special Promotion at All Seven Locations

TREDYFFRIN, PA— From now until mid-June, Nudy’s Cafés across Chester County are generously donating a percentage of the money collected from selected lunch items to support the rebuilding of the Jones Log Barn and creation of the Living History Center at Duportail.  Cash collection cans also are located at the register of each restaurant for those interested in making an additional contribution to the Living History Center.

 Among the lunch favorites featured are Nudy’s popular Ahi Tuna and Monte Cristo sandwiches, Greek salad and chicken fingers. Nudy’s Cafes are located in Devon, Eagleview, Exton, Frazer, Paoli, Phoenixville, and West Chester.

 “We are extremely grateful to Ray Nudy for his generous support and encourage everyone to lend him their support by having lunch at Nudy’s,” comments Pattye Benson, President of the Tredyffrin Historic Preservation Trust.

 Ray Nudy is a long-time Trust supporter and co-chair of its capital campaign to preserve the historically significant Jones Log Barn. The barn faced demolition when the Trust arranged to have it carefully disassembled and preserved for eventual rebuilding alongside a 1792 Federal Barn as part of a multi-structure Living Historic Center at DuPortail.

 Located outside Valley Forge National Historic Park, the Duportail House served as the quarters for French General Louis Duportail, who became chief engineer to General George Washington and helped to organize what has since become the US Army Corps of Engineers.

 About the Tredyffrin Historic Preservation Trust

Founded in 2001, the Tredyffrin Historic Preservation Trust is a nonprofit 501 (c) (3) organization established in response to the threat to demolish the historic 18th Century Jones Log Barn.  The Trust’s mission is to preserve and protect historic and cultural resources in Tredyffrin Township for the benefit of present and future generations and to educate the public about the preservation and protection of historic cultural settings.

The Trust meets the first Wednesday of each month at the Tredyffrin Township Building.  Information on the Trust and its activities are available at its website: www.tredyffrinhistory.org.

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Tredyffrin Historic Preservation Trust Hosts Lecture on Wyeth Landmark Properties

Contact Pattye Benson 610-644-6759

Legacies and Landmarks of the Wyeths in Our Backyard

Wednesday, May 21, 7pm, Duportail House, Chesterbrook, PA

 TREDYFFRIN, PA—The Tredyffrin Historic Preservation Trust will hold its second spring lecture at 7 pm on Wednesday, May 21, on the historic landmark properties associated with the American painters NC and Andrew Wyeth. The lecture presented by Robert Wise will be held at the Duportail House, 297 Adams Drive in Chesterbrook, PA.

 Mr. Wise, an historic preservationist and principal in Wise Preservation Planning, has worked extensively over the past 15 years with the Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art. He was instrumental in securing the highest recognition as National Historic Landmarks for NC Wyeth’s house and studio, Andrew Wyeth’s studio, and the Kuerner Farm, where Andrew Wyeth created many of his most famous works.

 “Robert’s lecture, based on his presentations to the National Park Service’s National Historic Landmark Advisory Committee, offers unique insights into these historic structures and the remarkable paintings and personalities that made them famous,” notes Pattye Benson, Trust President and Chair of its Historic House Tour. 

 Tickets for the lecture are $15. For reservations or more information, please contact THPT by telephone at 610-647-1051 or by e-mail at info.tredyffrinhistory.org.

 About the Tredyffrin Historic Preservation Trust

Founded in 2001, the Tredyffrin Historic Preservation Trust is a nonprofit 501 (c) (3) organization established in response to the threat to demolish the historic 18th Century Jones Log Barn. The Trust’s mission is to preserve and protect historic and cultural resources in Tredyffrin Township for the benefit of present and future generations and to educate the public about the preservation and protection of historic cultural settings. The Trust meets the first Wednesday of each month at the Tredyffrin Township Building.  Information on the Trust and its activities are available at its website: www.tredyffrinhistory.org.

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Tredyffrin Historic Preservation Trust Hosts Spring Lecture Series

Contact: Pattye Benson (610) 644-6759Jim Garrison Stone Houses

Author Jim Garrison to Present Lecture on

The Stone Houses  of R. Brognard Okie

Wednesday, April 23, 7 pm at Jenkins Arboretum

TREDYFFRIN, PA—The Tredyffrin Historic Preservation Trust launches its spring lecture series with an evening lecture on the stone houses of eminent local residential architect R. Brognard Okie on Wednesday, April 23, at 7 pm at Jenkins Arboretum, 631 Berwyn Baptist Road in Devon, PA.

 The program includes a lecture by Jim Garrison, noted architect and author of Stone Houses: Traditional Homes of R. Brognard Okie. Along with the lecture, there will be a reception and guided tours of an Okie house exterior located on the grounds of the arboretum. Copies of Mr. Garrison’s book will be available for signing by the author. The books are priced at $55 (cash or check only). A portion of the proceeds will be contributed to the Trust. Price of the lecture is $15.

 “Our opening lecture provides an excellent opportunity to enjoy a spring evening and explore the grounds of the arboretum. We chose to hold the lecture at Jenkins, rather than our Duportail House venue, to give people the opportunity to see the Okie house, while attending Jim’s lecture,” notes Pattye Benson, Trust President and Chair of its Historic House Tour. 

 “The Colonial-revival style homes of R. Brognard Okie not only are part of our local historic and cultural heritage, they made a significant and lasting impact on American residential architecture and design,” adds Ms. Benson.

 The Trust will hold its second spring lecture on Wednesday, May 21, at the Duportail House, 297 Adams Drive, Chesterbrook, PA, with a 7 pm reception and lecture.  Robert J. Wise will present on the historic and architectural legacies of NC and Andrew Wyeth.

 Mr. Wise, an architectural historian and former chair of the Tredyffrin Township Historical and Architectural Review Board, has worked extensively over many years with the Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art in securing for its properties the highest recognition as National Historic Landmarks.

 For reservations or more information, please contact THPT by telephone at 610-647-1051 or by e-mail at info.tredyffrinhistory.org.

 About the Tredyffrin Historic Preservation Trust

Founded in 2001, the Tredyffrin Historic Preservation Trust is a nonprofit 501 (c) (3) organization established in response to the threat to demolish the historic 18th Century Jones Log Barn. The Trust’s mission is to preserve and protect historic and cultural resources in Tredyffrin Township for the benefit of present and future generations and to educate the public about the preservation and protection of historic cultural settings. The Trust meets the first Wednesday of each month at the Tredyffrin Township Building.  Information on the Trust and its activities are available at its website: www.tredyffrinhistory.org.

 

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