Toll Brothers Caught Up in Chester County Historic Preservation Fight

The arrows in this photo posted to the Neighbors for Crebilly Farm website point to where American Gen. Adam Stephen would have spotted Hessian soldiers marching across the farmstead from his vantage point at Sandy Hollow. Opponents claim a plan by Toll Brothers to build homes on the farm site would destroy an important piece of Revolutionary War history.

As if the low-grade fight over its proposed condo tower on Jewelers Row weren’t enough, Toll Brothers now finds itself in another historic preservation fight involving a housing development it seeks to build.

Call this one the Second Battle of Brandywine.

The battlefield for this one is a parcel known as Crebilly Farm, a 325-acre “gentleman’s farm” located just north of the main battlefield in Westtown Township. According to those fighting to preserve it, this farm is where the battle began: The first skirmishes took place on the farm on the morning of Sept. 11, 1777, when American Gen. Adam Stephen spotted Hessian troops marching across the farm from his lookout atop Sandy Hollow, where the main battle would take place. Stephen dispatched a party of soldiers to the farm to frustrate the Hessians’ advance towards the American position. Read more »

Jaw Dropper of the Week: Secluded Chadds Ford Farm Flaunts Un-Be-Liev-able Kitchen

Images via Kurfiss Sotheby's

Images via Kurfiss Sotheby’s

Hickory Hill Farm is a pristine 32-acre property nestled in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. Though it may look like it could date back to the days of William Penn, the homestead is actually a recreation of a classic farmhouse built in the 1960’s (a pretty damn convincing one at that).

Two years ago, the property underwent a dramatic renovation by Bancroft Construction to modernize the home and add some killer features, including geothermal heating and cool. That’s all good, especially when you throw in the fact that this place sports a tennis court, in-ground pool, pond stocked with fish and an “authentic log cabin workshop,” but we’re really here for the kitchen.

Hey, it’s the holiday season and that’s where all the magic happens this time of year.

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Eat Junto’s Best of Philly Winning Fish for a Good Cause

Junto's smoked sturgeon

Junto’s smoked sturgeon

The August full moon is known as a “Sturgeon Moon” as historically native Americans found it the best time to catch sturgeon in the Great Lakes and on Lake Champlain.

And now, MacGregor Mann of Junto will be donating a portion of each Best of Philly winning sturgeon dish sold to the Delaware Riverkeeper Network.

The sustainable-farm raised sturgeon dish is smoked on Alder wood with romanesco, fermented celery root, watercress, lemon verbena and white wine emulsion. The dish at the Chaddsford restaurant is $30.

Atlantic sturgeon were once plentiful on the Delaware River, although now less than 300 spawning adults from the Delaware River’s distinct genetic line of Atlantic sturgeon remain. Learn more about Atlantic sturgeon here.

The donation will continue as long as the sturgeon dish is on the menu, which hopefully isn’t going anywhere.

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Jaw Dropper of the Week: Massive Chateau-style Compound in Chadds Ford

All photos via Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate

All photos via Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate/Zillow

Hmmm, where to start with this one in Chadds Ford.

Well, the home is sat on over 10-acres of Chester County land in the Brandywine Valley, a major plus. Then the home is wrapped in a handsome Vermont stone facade that gives off those vibes that you’re probably in for a treat once inside (spoiler alert: it does). The grand entrance hall is decked out with a butterfly staircase with wrought iron spindles, and you won’t need slippers on the Italian marble floors during those colder months–they’re heated. The home boasts some flat out exceptional spaces. So many, in fact, that you might start to ask yourself, is this a resort?

Here’s the looooong list of goodies:

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Aged Duck Tasting Menu At Junto


This weekend, Junto in Chadds Ford is serving up a four-course whole duck tasting menu. And while it will always be focused on showcasing the aged ducks at the center of the plate, the kitchen will be varying the menu each night.

The menu is $50 per person and designed for two people. If there are more than two guests, the restaurant recommends some accompanying dishes. And remember: Junto is BYOB, so plan ahead.

You can make your reservations by calling the restaurant at 484-574-8041. The menu will be available until Sunday night.

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On the Market: A Fresh Start at This Newly Built Residence in Chadds Ford

513  Webb Rd, Chadds Ford, PA, 19317

513 Webb Rd, Chadds Ford, PA, 19317

The latest addition to Delaware County sits atop 4-plus acres of land. The home boasts mica stone and brick trim on its exterior, while inside a two-story foyer contains a circular wooden staircase and bedrooms with custom-designed bathrooms.

Wide-planked wood floors are throughout, the Thermador-stocked gourmet kitchen has the added measure of a breakfast nook, and built-in bookcases are in the great room. The master suite, meanwhile, has a high coffered ceiling, fireplace, deck and a loft office space.

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Studio of Artist Andrew Wyeth Named National Historic Landmark


The National Park Service has expanded a local national landmark to include the longtime studio of one of the best-known artists of the mid-20th century, Andrew Wyeth. Wyeth, who passed away in 2009 at the age of 91, is known for his realist paintings. The son of famous illustrator N. C. Wyeth, Andrew spent many years studying and painting his hometown of Chadds Ford. Some of his favorite subjects included his neighbors, Anna and Karl Kuerner, and their farm. The farm was also where Wyeth met Helga Testorf, a caregiver who became the subject of many of his paintings in the 70s and 80s.

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Restaurant Review: Junto

September_Junto_ Credit Courtney Apple

Junto | Photos by Courtney Apple

“Do you know of any deserving young beginner lately set up,” members of Ben Franklin’s mutual aid society would ask one another, “whom it lies in the power of the Junto any way to encourage?”

They’d ask the same thing about “deserving stranger[s] arrived in town since last meeting.” And while neither description exactly matches MacGregor Mann, who’s cooked in Philadelphia for more than a decade, they’re close enough. Before naming his solo debut after Franklin’s eclectic club, the Garces vet went on a culinary walkabout ranging from an Idaho fly-fishing lodge to a stage at Denmark’s Noma­—often named as the best restaurant in the world. And when he returned, he was bent on digging deeper into his home turf.

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On the Market: Painter’s Folly, Former Home of Howard Pyle

1421 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford, PA.

1421 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford, PA.

Vincent van Gogh once wrote to his brother that he was struck “dumb with admiration” by Howard Pyle’s illustrations in Harper’s Monthly. Unsurprisingly, Pyle rose to celebrity-status for his work, and illustrated numerous magazines and books, most notably the The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood.

He also did images for works by Mark Twain, Robert Louis Stevenson, William Dean Howells, and Woodrow Wilson, and was a mentor to notable painter and illustrator N.C. Wyeth. Upon his death, the New York Times bestowed Pyle the title of “”father of American magazine illustration as it is known to-day.” More on Pyle’s legacy can be found here.

As it stands, this Chadds Ford house –called Painter’s Folly–once belonged to the artist, and even served as inspiration for works by celebrated realist painter Andrew Wyeth, son of N.C.

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Strange Brew: 10 Quirky Amenities in a Single Chadds Ford Home


This enormous Chadds Ford home is flush with amenities, some of them rather unexpected. Let’s break just some of them down.

1. Yoga/massage studio
2. Gift-wrapping room
3. Bar room
4. Full gym
5. Heated saltwater pool
6. Game room
7. Covered cabana with fireplace
8. Pantry designed for elevator installation
9. Bathroom with walk in shower with bench and heated stone floor
10. Butler’s pantry with skylight and wine storage

If that weren’t enough, there’s a huge interior courtyard visible through a glass wall in the foyer; a four-car garage with a one-bedroom apartment; three dishwashers; two refrigerators; more than 5,000 square feet of decks and balconies; and more than 3 acres of land with a river (er, stream) running through it.

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