Members of the Friends of the White Clay Creek Preserve London Tract Historical Committee and the New Garden Township Historic Commission recently joined with local residents at the site of the John Evans House for a unified effort to preserve the historic structure, writes Richard Gaw for the Chester County Press.
The event was a part of the “This Place Matters Program,” a National Trust for Historic Preservation initiative that encourages people to celebrate the places that hold a special meaning to them and their communities.
Efforts to preserve the oldest house in the area have been ongoing. However, they intensified after the structure was put on the demolition list by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources following a devastating fire in 2017.
Local activists managed to put a hold on the demolition plans with the help of State Sen. Andrew Dinniman. He requested a visit to the site of the 1715 building with DCNR staff to discuss the possibility of its preservation. The visit is scheduled for mid-September.
Read more about the preservation efforts in the Chester County Press here.