Pattye Benson

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6th Annual Historic House Tour – Today!

Today is the 6th Annual Historic House Tour . . . wonderful historic homes, welcoming homeowners and perfect weather! The tour’s focused neighborhoods of Strafford and Berwyn will be alive today with 100’s of people enjoying the beautiful day and celebrating historic preservation.

I hope I have covered all the details in the planning and organizing and by noon if will be out of my hands. Not only is the local community supporting Tredyffrin Historic Preservation Trust’s event today, I have taken registrations from West Chester, Exton, Philadelphia, Pottstown, etc.

If anyone is reading this and would like to go on today’s House Tour, you have until 12 Noon to register online at I will have my laptop with me for check-in starting at 11 AM at DuPortail House and will be able to process late ticket sales.

Support your neighbors . . . Support historic preservation! All proceeds from today’s 6th Annual Historic House Tour go toward the rebuilding effort the Jones Log Barn as a living history museum. Lends Help to this Year’s House Tour

Isn’t it great when people step in and just help . . . and without being asked. Such was the case this past week with In all the stress over the last-minute details of the House Tour, I neglected to send the house tour information to, our community’s weekly e-newsletter for local activities and events.

Not to worry . . . the staff at didn’t skip a beat but went ahead and listed the Trust’s 6th Annual Historic House Tour in the newsletter. A couple of days ago, I bumped into some of MainLineNeighbors staff having a meeting in the Cafe at Barnes & Noble. Such a wonderful surprise to be told they had gone ahead and listed the House Tour and that it would be included in the upcoming week’s newsletter too. Don’t you love it when people surprise you and do the unexpected! co-founders Regina Sullivan and Laura Woyak not only keep the community informed of events . . . they are civic-minded and show their support of nonprofit organizations like the Tredyffrin Historic Preservation Trust. As a struggling small historic preservation nonprofit in today’s economy, the Trust could never afford large corporate advertising costs. The weekly e-newsletter has a following of 24,000 members, who like myself, look forward to weekly updates. If you haven’t already done so, I would encourage you to sign up for their e-newsletter . . . a great way to know what’s going on up and down the Main Line. And if you are the owner of a business in the area you might want to consider advertising on their website. A friend, Natalie Zipkin works at and she will help you with any of your advertising needs.

Thanks for ‘having my back’ even when I forgot to ask you!

Tickets Now Available for Tredyffrin Historic Preservation Trust’s 6th Annual Historic House Tour on Saturday, September 25, Noon – 5 PM

Tickets are now available for Tredyffrin Historic Preservation Trust’s 6th Annual Historic House Tour. This year’s tour will feature 7 houses in the Berwyn and Strafford neighborhoods. Two of the houses are in Easttown and 5 are located in Tredyffrin Townships.

The house tour will be held on Saturday, September 25th, noon – 5 PM, rain or shine. Individual house tour tickets are $35 and for online credit card ticket purchases, please see our website:

If you prefer to pay using a personal check, click here for the ticket order form. All tickets are prepaid, there will be no tickets sold at the door.

All proceeds from the annual house tour benefit the rebuilding effort of the Jones Log Barn. When reconstructed, the ‘living history museum’ will join the historic DuPortail House and Federal Barn in Chesterbrook as a focal point of history in our community.

Additional volunteers are needed for the house tour . . . please contact me at if you are available to help. Help is needed from 10:45 AM to noon at DuPortail House for ticket pick-up – need help with check in and need parking assistance. Or, if you would enjoy helping at one of the beautiful historic homes during the tour, we are in need of additional volunteers. You would need to be available from 11:45 AM to 5:15 PM on the house tour day. Contact me if you are available to help on September 25.

If prior plans do not permit you to attend this year’s house tour but you still want to help? Here’s what I am asking, please forward this post with the house tour information to your neighbors, friends, co-workers, etc. The annual house tour is my baby . . . I created the tour six years ago and have chaired it each year. I want the 6th Annual Historic House Tour to be the most successful house tour to date — can you help?

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