Pattye Benson

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Main Line 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!

Tredyffrin & Easttown Houses on Annual Historic House Tour . . . 7 days and counting!

Thank you for the press coverage of the 6th Annual Historic House Tour (article below). Sarah Lockard, the eMagazine’s CEO/President graciously included the House Tour online and thanks to her Twitter and Facebook accounts, the Trust’s House Tour information is going out to thousands.

With a week to go . . . the ticket sales are starting to really take off! Please visit the Trust’s website, to purchase your tickets. The first photo below is of the rear of Buttonwood Farm’s stone farmhouse and the second photo is of the interior of Buttonwood Farm’s ‘party barn’. Light refreshments will be served in the barn for visitors during the House Tour.

Remember, you can own a piece of Chester County history . . . Buttonwood Farm is for sale!

Trust’s 6th Annual Historic House Tour

Old houses tell wonderful stories, and the houses of Tredyffrin and Easttown Townships have many tales to tell. On Saturday, September 25, 2010, the Tredyffrin Historic Preservation Trust’s 6th Annual Historic House Tour will be opening doors to community’s past. This year’s tour will spotlight Berwyn and Strafford neighborhoods by opening the doors to eight private homes; three homes in Easttown Township and five homes in Tredyffrin Township. Featured houses span 18th, 19th and 20th centuries and offer visitors an opportunity to experience Chester County history through original, restored and historically significant homes.

“We are excited about the 2010 Historic House Tour,” Pattye Benson, President of Tredyffrin Historic Preservation Trust said. “This is a wonderful opportunity for historic Berwyn and Strafford neighborhoods to showcase their diverse architectural heritage and for homeowners to show visitors how their historic homes blend with modern lives. The House Tour has become one of the Trust’s most anticipated annual events and we are grateful to our generous homeowners who open the doors to their extraordinary homes. If you love history and architecture, you will not want to miss this year’s tour.”

One of the houses on the tour this year, Buttonwood Farm in Berwyn, is available for purchase and tour visitors are invited for light refreshments in the farm’s 19th century ‘party barn.’ One of the houses on the tour this year, Buttonwood Farm in Berwyn, is available for purchase and tour visitors are invited for light refreshments in the farm’s 19th century ‘party barn.’

The houses on the House Tour are as diverse as their owners. The historic houses include a Chester County hunting lodge; an unusual ‘house within a house’ that lays claim to a resident ghost; an early R. Brognard Oakie original; a Colonial Revival mansion that boasts a hidden servant staircase and Howerton Hill, a 1911 home whose history of past owners reads like a racy Danielle Steele novel. Another home on the tour was constructed in 1939 but uses building materials and architecture from the mid-1800’s and fools the untrained eye. There are two horse farms featured on the tour, a pre-revolutionary stone farmhouse in a pastoral setting and an early 19th century farmhouse featuring a new 3-story addition and a restored barn. One of the houses on the tour this year, Buttonwood Farm in Berwyn is available for purchase and tour visitors are invited for light refreshments in the farm’s 19th century ‘party barn’.

The historic homes and gardens will be open from 12 Noon to 5 PM on Saturday, September 25, rain or shine. Knowledgeable guides staff each historic home on the tour and house tour admission will include individual house history with map and parking details. Tickets are $35 and advance purchase is necessary, as there will be no tickets sold at the door. Tickets are available online at using your credit card or download an order form and mail with your check to Tredyffrin Historic Preservation Trust, PO Box 764, Devon, PA 19333-0764.

If you would like additional information about the house tour, consult or call Pattye Benson at 610.644.6759 or email Pattye at All proceeds are tax deductible as the trust is a registered 501 c3 organization.

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