Creek is a tributary of the Christina
River in southeastern Pennsylvania and northern Delaware. The Lower Brandywine
is 20.4 miles long and is a designated Pennsylvania Scenic River with several
and Conservancy Issues in the 1960s,
Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania in the historic Brandywine Valley, faced a possible
massive industrial development that would impact a largely rural
community. Also, development plans in floodplain areas threatened to devastate
water supplies for numerous communities in southeastern Pennsylvania and
Residents bought endangered land and founded the Brandywine Conservancy in
1967. The first conservation easements, protecting more than five and
one-half miles along the Brandywine, were granted in 1969.
Experiences have placed the Brandywine Valley
communities in the forefront of responsible land use, open space preservation
and water protection with a focus on integrating conservation with economic
development through land stewardship and local government assistance programs
working with individuals, state, county and municipal governments and private
organizations to permanently protect and conserve natural, cultural and scenic
The Conservancy opened a museum in 1971 in the renovated
Hoffman’s Mill, a former gristmill built in 1864, part of the Conservancy’s
first preservation efforts. It contains an unparalleled collection of
American art with emphasis on the art of the Brandywine region, illustration,
still life and landscape painting, and the work of the Wyeth family.
River Museums Microbrews and Shopping in Delaware and
Enrichment Tours address suburban
sprawl, declining water quality, diminishing water supplies, vanishing
agricultural land, loss of historic character, wildlife habitat degradation,
and threatened biological resources. Learn to:
and conserve land and water, natural, cultural and scenic resources;
and strengthen local government efforts that support resource conservation;
site planning and design to support resource conservation;
and conserve of natural and cultural resources;
awareness and knowledge of conservation approaches.
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On the way
to the Brandywine Valley, it is worth
visiting three cultural venues in Wilmington:
Rockwood Mansion & Park, an English country estate featuring unique gardens, a Rural Gothic mansion with conservatory, and a Victorian house museum with 19thand 20th century furnishings.
Delaware Center for the
Contemporary Arts, located in the Wilmington Riverfront District, is a
non-collecting contemporary art museum dedicated to the advancement of
contemporary art. The DCCA houses seven galleries with over 30 exhibits
annually, featuring the work of regional, national, and international artists.
Art Museum founded in 1912, it offers vibrant
family programs, studio art classes, a diverse collection of American art and
illustration and an outdoor sculpture garden.
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