East Bradford Township officials and volunteers have rallied to re-create the historic Strode’s Scrapple barn and its iconic mural that had withstood the test of time, until last winter, writes Laurel Anderson for County Lines Magazine.
The well-preserved collection of structures at the Strode’s Mill Historic District crossroads had been owned by the same Quaker family for 250 years. The village also used to be a hub of commercial activity, anchored by a 1723 mill and Strode’s popular scrapple-making business.
East Bradford Township purchased the land two years ago, and had been preparing a multi-year development plan for the property. But the plans had to be moved up after a freak storm destroyed the historic barn.
Richard Buchanan of Archer & Buchanan Architecture has already developed plans to reconstruct the barn, and they include space for a replica of its iconic mural.
Now, with the help of the volunteer group Friends of Strode’s Mill, work is moving ahead to stabilize, preserve, and develop the historic structures. They want area residents to have a sense of ownership of this piece of history and the planned park, said historian Mary Sue Boyle.
Read more about the Strode’s Mill Historic District in County Line Magazine here.