Historic Westchester, PA Estate Has Roots in the American Revolution
History Repeats Itself
This year’s presidential election is shaping up to be a contentious one. Will the new “leader of the free world” be Donald Trump, the billionaire real estate developer and former reality television star who has shocked politicos on both sides of the aisle by wresting the Republican nomination from more traditional GOP candidates? Or will it be Hillary Clinton, the divisive former First Lady of the United States and New York senator who emerged victorious from a heated primary battle that threatened to divide the Democratic party?
We’ll just have to wait and see. Whichever way this election turns out, there are bound to be plenty of spirited ideological exchanges in homes across the country. But this is not the first time in history that American politics have threatened to turn pleasant family dinners into acrimonious partisan squabbles.
In fact, our current state of affairs pales in comparison to the American Revolution. This was a full-scale revolt that pitted brother against brother in bloody, armed conflict. And as history would have it, a major battle took place right here, on Battle Hill.
The Battle of Brandywine
Touring the grounds now, you’d hardly know that on Thursday, September 11th, 1777, Battle Hill was a flashpoint in the legendary Battle of Brandywine. It was here that Commander George Washington’s forces faced off against the British under Sir William Howe. Despite being outnumbered and exhausted, the Americans fought valiantly, but were unable to trounce the well-rested Brits.
By the time Charles Sharpless finished construction on this stunning home in 1850, the American Revolution was a distant memory. The pastoral, rolling hills were peaceful once again, and the air was filled with the sound of birdsong, much as the area is today.
Own a Piece of American History
1230 Birmingham Road is on the market, offering a rare opportunity to own an immaculate historic home with a rarefied historic pedigree. Known locally as Hawthorne Lodge, this uncommonly classy home blends the best of old and new – time-honored grandeur and modern conveniences.
From the moment you see the place, you’ll be charmed by its enduring gentility. Tucked securely behind imposing wrought iron gates and skirted by a wraparound porch, this property is almost like a time machine that transports the occupant back to a simpler time.
You’ll enter through a grand hallway with checkerboard flooring and a period-correct chandelier. Off to one side, you’ll see the opulent living room, which retains the original marble fireplace mantel and elegant, bespoke moldings. While some luxury homes seek to imitate old-world craftsmanship, this one is the genuine article.
But just because it’s an historic residence doesn’t mean you’ll have to cook over a roaring hearth – this kitchen has been updated with the modern gourmand in mind. It’s a completely renovated Waterbury kitchen with hardwood floors, commercial-grade appliances, and expansive picture windows that make meal preparation a genuine pleasure.
Whether entertaining guests or preparing a special meal for you and yours, the formal dining room is the perfect place to dine in high style. Its elegant chandelier, hardwood floors and expansive windows give it a rich luster that makes any meal a special occasion.
Nearby, you’ll find the bright, airy sunroom. This portion of the home was added in 2003, but you’d never know it. Superb attention to detail and a wonderful design make it seem inseparable from the home’s original design. Its ample natural light makes it a wonderful place to enjoy a morning coffee, and its welcoming fireplace makes it an ideal venue for curling up with a good book on chilly evenings.
Upstairs, you’ll find six spacious bedrooms. The master bedroom was completely updated in 2010 and now includes a sumptuous master bath.
Of course, one of this home’s finest features is its pastoral location. It’s situated on 3.6 bucolic acres, and its lot is adjacent to more than 100 acres of protected conservancy land. Here, you’ll have no shortage of idyllic settings for evening walks, and you’ll live surrounded by historic richness and natural majesty.
This Investment Will Hold Its Value
It’s not often one has the opportunity to purchase such a historically rich and supremely stylish residence. But for the moment, the Hawthorne Lodge is for sale. $1.14 million may seem a pretty penny, but for a genuine antique like this, it’s a bargain.