Local preservationists and organizations have been working hard on restoring Strode’s Barn, the East Bradford Township landmark that played a significant role in the Battle of the Brandywine, writes J.F. Pirro for Main Line Today.
“It’s a treasure – a treasure of agriculture, industry, and history,” said preservationist Linda Kaat. “It has it all going for it.”
The barn is also associated with George Washington. His soldiers sought provisions for themselves and their horses at the mill on the property adjacent to the barn. The mill, which is one of the first ones in America, has been restored and now houses Strode’s Mill Gallery.
Kaat, who heads the 220-member Friends of Strode’s Mill, is now focusing her energies on restoring the dilapidated barn. The rundown building was acquired by the township two years ago, along with its seven acres of land.
Friends of Strode’s Mill managed to raise $56,000 through 2018. Most of the funds have been used for environmental cleanup and to define the future vision for the project. Since then, all the funds raised toward the expected $250,000 are going directly to restoring the barn.
Read more about the preservation efforts in Main Line Today here.