‘Important Moment in Protecting the Brandywine Valley’: 254 Acres of Wyeth Country Donated to National Park

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Canoeing down the Brandywine Creek in Beaver Valley
Image via Whitney Flanagan, The Conservation Fund.

Renowned painter Andrew Wyeth captured the beauty of hills, meadows, and wetlands along the Brandywine Creek in Delaware County, near the Pennsylvania-Delaware border.

Now, 254 acres of that land, known as Beaver Valley, has been donated by The Conservation Fund to the First State National Historical Park, writes Frank Kummer for The Philadelphia Inquirer.

“The addition of this land to the park’s Brandywine Valley Unit adds many new miles of trail and bucolic landscapes for park visitors to enjoy,” said Cinda Waldbuesser, superintendent of First State National Historical Park.

The Obama Administration established the national park in 2013, the first one in Delaware, but the park also crosses into Delaware County.

The main section is a 1,100-acre tract, the Woodlawn property, for hiking, cycling, running, and boating.

About 300 acres of the tract is in Pennsylvania. Now, with 254 more acres added from the Chadds Ford area west of Route 202, Pennsylvania’s presence in the park has increased.

“This purchase is important because not only does it add to First State National Historical Park, but because it is an important moment in protecting the Brandywine Valley,” said Blaine Phillips, a vice president at The Conservation Fund.

Read more about the donated land in The Philadelphia Inquirer.

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