Centuries-Old House in London Britain That ‘Tells Story of Our Nation’ Saved from Demolition

Kimberly McGuane
Image of the John Evans House via the Daily Local News.

The 300-year-old John Evans House in London Britain Township, believed to be the oldest house in the area, has been saved from demolition, writes Fran Maye for the Daily Local News.

The historic structure that was built in 1715 was saved thanks to the efforts of the Friends of the White Clay Creek and local lawmakers, among others.

Earlier this week, State Sen. Andy Dinniman visited the house, along with Friends officials, the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, and the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

As a result, a proposal to demolish the structure that was severely damaged by fire in 2017 has been replaced by plans for the group to work together to stabilize and preserve its shell.

“The John Evans House tells the story of our nation,” Dinniman said. “It is vital that this structure be preserved for posterity as a testament to our rich history and that of Chester County’s White Clay Creek Preserve.”

Dinniman said the group also intends to work together to ensure the entire London Tract Meeting House District is recognized by the National Register of Historic Places.

Read more about the John Evans House in the Daily Local News here.

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