This May, Bluebird Distilling is coming to Phoenixville. Bluebird will produce small-batch whiskey, bourbon, vodka and gin from grain-to-glass in the 5,000 square-foot space at 100 Bridge Street. Beginning in April, owner Jared Adkins hopes to start making the spirits and by opening day will have his un-aged liquors ready to serve, including white rye whiskey, gin and vodka.
The historic footnote that is Vaux Hill mansion may have had its splendiferous interior stripped of the gilded antiques that once furnished its rooms, but the property, which sits on the 15-acre Fatland estate in Phoenixville, appears as stately as ever.
The sale, which is quite literally a dollar under $9 million, includes the renovated and restored Greek Revival-style home, tennis court, horse pastures, and pool with pool house. There’s also a separately deeded stone barn on a 3-acre parcel. A fence surrounds the entire residence and a tree-lined drive leads to the courtyard with carved marble fountain.
Below is the breathtaking gallery.
Ah, high school football. The tradition, the camaraderie, the breathalyzer tests you have to pass to get in. At a Phoenixville Area High School football game over the weekend, students attending the game without their parents had to pass a breath test in order to be admitted.
This is not a new policy for school events: Routinely in many districts, students are tested for alcohol in order to attend dances or other extracurricular activities. This is the first time tests were done at a Phoenixville football game, but in a statement officials say the district has done it for other events. Fox got details on the reasoning for the tests: “Administrators declined to talk on camera, but tell FOX 29 they heard some students were going to the game drunk, so they took action.”
Strawberry Hollow Farm was once just a modest, 1,000-square-foot farmhouse according to architect Robert DeHaven‘s online profile of the project. That was about 300 years ago. Today, thanks largely to DeHaven’s work, the property has sprawled into a mix of historic details and modern updates covering four bedrooms including a soaring master suite.
The home’s floorplan reflects additions throughout the years of its existence. The kitchen and great room were added, along with a wall of windows and several decks. The original fireside living room, den and library remain. The master suite features post and beam construction and soaring cathedral ceilings. The en-suite bath includes a soaking tub and leads to its own private deck.
The Great American Pub which already has locations in Conshohocken, Wayne and West Chester is looking to open in Phoenxiville The Philadelphia Business Journal has the story on purchase of 148 Bridge Street and its plan to convert the Victorian building.
Great American Pub to open in iconic Phoenixville building [Philadelphia Business Journal]
Great American Pub [Official]
Lest its period architecture and grassy surroundings fool you, this Queen Anne Revival — built in 1900 — is not at all far from the hustle and bustle of town life. It’s practically at the center of Phoenixville and has a WalkScore of 92.
The home was recently restored, and some of its more notable features include arched openings connecting to a turret of sorts; a farm-style kitchen; and original curved windows. High ceilings and wood flooring, as well as a carriage house turned garage, give the home more Victorian flair.
By Virginia C. McGuire
Last summer we featured a modern house in the woods near Valley Forge National Historical Park that’s all clean lines and windows. The house was removed from the market but has recently appeared on Airbnb.
The rental is available in three different configurations. Travelers can rent the entire house , just the master suite, or just the guest bedroom. We hear they’ve already got their first booking from an extended family looking to rent the house for Thanksgiving.
Movoto Real Estate released its list of 10 Best Cities in Pennsylvania today, and Eastern PA — and this area in particular — does quite nicely, thank you. In addition to looking at amenities, the other criteria — crime, high school graduation rate, median income, cost of living, and home value — were measured against state averages.
Here are the towns in our neck of the woods that make the grade and an explanation of why they did so:
The phenomenal Vaux Hill in Phoenixville should rightly be a Winterthur-style tourist attraction with a Gettsyburg spin. According to the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, it was originally a 300-acre farm purchased by James Vaux in 1772. Vaux was an amateur scientist, but a successful and influential one:
At his farm, James carried out scientific experiments in agriculture, becoming the first person to cultivate red clover in America, and also pioneered the use of anthracite coal for heating and cooking purposes. Accounts of his experiments can be found in early editions of the Franklin Institute Journal.
It’s not every day one gets the opportunity to invoke The Sound of Music in the world of home sales. But Phoenixville’s Old Pickering Schoolhouse, built in 1840, has just been put on the market, and its combination of residential and schoolhouse elements is a perfect fit for a governess arriving to wrangle a posse of unruly children–with the aid of a bell in a belfry and rows of books in amazing built-in bookshelves that go up to the ceiling.
Should potential buyers want more dour literary inspiration, think Jane Eyre. The stone wall around the property should provide enough seclusion for a sad governess who paces around gardens, past brooks and ponds, and sits beneath trees. It can’t get too sad, though, because the 2.5 acres here look defiantly lovely.