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Schuylkill Springtime Stunners House and Garden Tour

Sunday, June 4, 2006
Sponsored by
Phoenixville Community Education Foundation

  • Download a PDF file with all registration information by clicking here.
  • See related article in The Phoenix by clicking here.
Seven private homes and gardens will open to the public, rain or shine. Three are historic estates, three are newer homes in pristine Schuylkill Township, and the seventh sits atop a hill cascading down French Creek in Kimberton. All are beautiful, yet reflect very different decorating tastes and diverse collections.
Bentley Homes is the corporate sponsor, and its stunning Valley Park model home will serve as the kickoff location to pickup tour maps and will-call tickets. Located at 103 Waverly Circle off Valley Park Road, it is just one mile past the intersection at Country Club Road. It is situated on Pickering Creek Farm, beside an idyllic reservoir. Tourists can see the historic ticket booth where t he Phoenixville, Valley Forge & Strafford Electric Railway once carried townspeople to fish, ice skate, ride a carousel, play ball and square dance at Valley Park between 1912-1922. It was no Disney World, but fun nonetheless for just a nickel!
More history lessons await while your entire family meanders through a former one-room schoolhouse, expanded over the last century to include a two-story library filled with books and antiques. Nearby enjoy another creek-side oasis in a converted Carriage House with exposed ceiling beams and brick floors. At over 105 years of age, it is worthy of a Merchant & Ivory film, loaded with romance and charm, but updated with a new kitchen and shingled roof. Walk the grounds of the original homestead next-door, then depart to another fun and hip 1800s farmhouse that showcases pop and folk art, where NY chic meets PA clapboard. The combination of intimate spaces without a colossal great room will inspire you to copycat when you redecorate. Whimsical hand-painted walls and stairs, oversized game marble drawer knobs, and family fun zones make this tiny jewel box a must see!
All seven homes will leave you breathless -- but not hungry because some of the finest local restaurants and caterers will serve delicious samples of their house specialties. Start at noon with Sunday Brunch samples, taste appetizers and sweets at each home in between, then possibly end by buying wine (if over 21) to go with the many cheese samples.
Your stomach may be full, but these homes won't leave you wanting more. Join us for an afternoon of food, fun and fascination - and bring the family to make this a "Mother-Daughter" or "Father-Son" celebration for spouses who make house-hunting a hobby. Children under 12 free, if they behave responsibly and are accompanied by a parent.
Complimentary buses are offered, but optional for those who prefer self-guided pace.
Tickets can be purchased at the following locations:
  • PASD's Administration Building
  • Phoenixville Area YMCA
  • Bentley Homes
  • Downtown Phoenixville shops on Main and Bridge Streets (e.g., A Cheese Shop, Best Friends, Charmed Spirit, Scarlet Begonias)

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