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In the following decades, the farm was transformed into an arboretum by Peirce’s progeny and became locally known as “Peirce’s Park.” After the purchase of the land by du Pont, the facilities expanded, growing to include several indoor arboretums, fountains, and amphitheaters.
After Pierre du Pont’s death in 1954, the grounds were made public and continued to grow.
Library of Congress The countryside of Chester County is dotted with historic farms and agricultural structures.
This barn, built in West Goshen Township in 1820 by farmer Lowndes Taylor, was documented by the Historic American Buildings Survey.
Mason Albin Hall constructed the barn from large serpentine limestone and fieldstone, a method typical of the early nineteenth century.
Library of Congress Sanborn Fire Insurance Map & Publishing Company produced a detailed map of West Chester as it appeared in March 1886.
By the twenty-first century, Longwood Gardens had become a cultural touchstone for the Philadelphia area, educating and entertaining guests for generations.
Library of Congress Iron and steel production led the industrialization of Chester County.
In 1987, developer Willard Rouse announced plans to build Churchill, a 1,500-acre mixed-use development on Church Farm School property, but local governments in both East Whiteland and West Whiteland townships denied Rouse permission to build.Church Farm School continued to operate as a college preparatory school for high school students.As with many communities in eastern and central Pennsylvania, deindustrialization hit Chester County particularly hard.The Phoenixville Iron Company manufactured artillery and small arms components for the Union Army during the Civil War and reached its production apex in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century.However, the gradual deindustrialization that affected the Lehigh Valley also led to a decline in steel and iron production. Library Company of Philadelphia With the bucolic back drop of Chester County, the Church Farm School in Exton was founded by Charles W.