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West Chester & Chadds Ford Life Fall/Winter 2016

10/26/2016 08:27AM ● By J. Chambless


Chadds Ford and West Chester are rich in charm and history, and the beauty of the area offers inspiration to many talented and interesting people. On the pages of this issue, you'll be introduced to a few of them. Writer John Chambless talked to Adrian Martinez about his upcoming exhibit, “The Visionary World of Humphry Marshall 1750-1800,” which debuts at the Chester County Historical Society in November. Martinez spent the past four years immersed in the 18th-century world of botanist Humphry Marshall. We also explore the amazing history of Painter's Folly, one of Chadds Ford's most prominent and interesting homes. The home was built by Samuel Painter in the 1850s, famed illustrator Howard Pyle had an art studio here for a time, and Andrew Wyeth would frequently visit the current owners, George and Helen Sipala. Writer Lisa Fieldman takes readers on a tour of the the Antique Ice Tool Museum, a unique archive dedicated to a forgotten industry. Writer Richard Gaw recently visited the Brandywine Roller Derby, a group of women dedicated not only to the rough-and-tumble of the sport, but to each other as teammates and friends. We profile noted local photographer Robert Lott, discuss the building of battlebots with a West Chester man who was a part of a team on the ABC television show “BattleBots,” and also talk to Juan Cardona, the owner of Archadeck. We hope that you enjoy reading these stories as much as we enjoyed preparing them!

Adrian Martinez outside his home in Kennett Square

Art meets history as Adrian Martinez looks at the world of Humphry Marshall

After four years of work, the exhibit opens this month at the Chester County Historical Society Read More » 


One of the many photographs that the Sipalas have of the home

The amazing history of Painter’s Folly

George and Helen Sipala will never forget the day in 1989 when they looked out an upstairs window of their Chadds Ford home and saw Andrew Wyeth painting in the backyard. Read More » 


An early ice wagon most likely pulled by a pony

Remembering the ice man

Take a step back in time at this museum dedicated to a forgotten industry Read More » 


Friends around the oval

The Brandywine Roller Derby may be a varied collection of sizes, skills and experience, but for every woman on the team, there is a bond of commitment and unity Read More » 


QA Juan Cardona - Oct 18 2016 1229PM

Q&A: Juan Cardona

Owner of Archadeck Outdoor Living


Team Hammertime built a flipper-style combat robot named SubZero for the ABC television show called BattleBots

The BattleBot builder

Alex Horne, 21, is a senior at the Pennsylvania College of Technology. When he was growing up, he was the kid who was always taking things apart and putting them back together again. Read More » 


Photographer Bob Lott on the river near the Brandywine River Museum of Art in Chadds Ford

Creating images that go beyond reality

Photographer Robert Lott came to photography late, but now he's pushing the boundaries Read More » 


Fall/Winter 2016 West Chester & Chads Ford Life