Farmhouse Friday: Swingtail Farm in Coatesville Vaunts Access to Riding Trails

TREND images via Zillow.com

TREND images via Zillow.com

Before we start, can we just comment on how cute the name is? Turns out Swingtail Farm, a 33-acre residential estate surrounded by an additional 30,000 acres of conserved Cheshire Hunt Country space, has quite the suitable title: it claims an eight-stall barn, four sizable pastures, all of which are fenced, and has access to a panoply of riding trails. Lots of swinging horse tails ’round there for sure!

On the homo sapiens side of things, the main house has television and music rooms, with the former boasting a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace like the family room. High ceilings (the master suite boasts a vaulted one) and views of the enclosing woods are throughout. Outside are a machine shed and garage with an overhead apartment, plus, in-ground pool, which from this angle makes the home look more resort-y than sporty. Specs and photos below.

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Coatesville’s Racist Texting Scandal Yields Federal Whistleblower Lawsuit

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In case you’ve forgotten the text messaging scandal that erupted in the Coatesville School District in 2013, allow us to give you the Cliffs Notes version: Coatesville School District Superintendent Richard Como and Coatesville High School athletic director Jim Donato were forced to resign after they were caught trading inexcusably offensive text messages using their district-supplied cell phones, leading to national headlines like “Pennsylvania School Officials Sent the Most Racist Texts Ever.” (Thanks, Gawker.) And now, two years later, the chickens have come home to roost in the form of a federal whistleblower lawsuit. Read more »

Historic Octagon House Hits the Market in Coatesville

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It’s not surprising that a home originally built in 1856 would have a slew of aliases. The Lukens Pierce House, named for its builder and original occupant, is also known as Octagon House (servicey!), Fallowfield (Austeny!), and Towerville (Timberlakey!). “Lukens” seems to have stuck, perhaps because the builder was — as the leading octagon house cataloguer describes him — “one of the largest nurseryman in the country at that time.” The home, which is on the National Historic Register, is well-known in what one imagines is the rather insular octagonal-house enthusiast community.

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