History

Marshall Mill House

Marshall Mill House

We believe that you can’t separate the land from its history, and we strive for the preservation and protection of Southern Chester County’s rich cultural heritage in addition to its diverse natural landscapes. Land conservation and historic preservation often originate from the same desire–to protect a sense of place, community spirit, and integrity of local land and heritage, for generations to come. Our work focuses on the mutual preservation of both natural lands and important historic sites, and we strive to educate and engage the community of Southern Chester County in its remarkable history. It is our hope that this will ensure that this history will be kept alive through preservation for generations to come.

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Parsonage

Three of our current conservation easements include historic structures. We partner with local groups such as the Kennett Township Historical Commission, Kennett Underground Railroad Center, S.A.V.E., and the Chester County Historical Society as we carry out historic preservation projects. In 2010, TLC was instrumental in placing the Chandler Mill Bridge, Kennett’s oldest one-lane bridge, on the National Register of Historic Places, and our work takes place inside a larger historic area–the west branch of the Red Clay Creek Conservation District, which has been submitted for designation to the National Register. We are in the third phase of restoring the Bucktoe Cemetery, which is the final resting place of several African American Civil War soldiers. We also hold historic education workshops, such as our Historic Hike Series,  as part of our year-round educational programming.

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