Thanks to a network of local nonprofits, 72 acres of rolling fields in Chadds Ford have been preserved. It will open to the public next spring as Brinton Run Preserve, writes Melissa Jacobs for Main Line Today.
The land — now protected under a conservation easement — is home to 92 native plant species, along with a wide variety of pollinators. Its large pond eventually winds its way as a tributary to Brandywine Creek.
Chadds Ford-based North American Land Trust (NALT) led the land acquisition. It negotiated the easement and raised the required $3.85 million.
Brinton Run Preserve represents a milestone for the organization, which has acquired more than 500 easements since it was founded in 1992.
“This is the first property we wanted to acquire and open for public use,” said Steven Carter, NALT president. “The Brandywine Valley is our home, and this space is three miles from our current home.”
The land also holds historic significance, through its connection to the 1777 Battle of Brandywine. In that engagement, Gen. George Washington and the Continental Army fought the British but, outnumbered, had to retreat.
Brinton Run Preserve will be gently renovated before opening to ready it for visitors.
Read more about Briton Run Preserve in Main Line Today.