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Saturday, September 28, 2013

Exploring the Brandywine Creek and Valley



Culture Trails Series Previously: Wilmington & Delaware History
River Trail Series Previously: The Potomac Region


Exploring the Brandywine Creek and Valley


On the way to the Brandywine Valley, it is also worth visiting three other facilities in Wilmington:

  • Rockwood Mansion & Park An English country estate featuring unique gardens, a Rural Gothic mansion with conservatory, a Victorian house museum with 19th and 20th century furnishings.
  • Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts Located in the Wilmington Riverfront District, DCCA 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.
  • The Delaware 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.

Brandywine 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 tributary streams.


Development & 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 northern Delaware.

A group of local 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. 


These 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 resources.

In 1971, the Conservancy opened a museum in the renovated Hoffman’s Mill, a former gristmill built in 1864, part of the Conservancy’s first preservation efforts.  It contains a 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.

Contact SET – Sustainable Education & Training for opportunities in land planning for conservation, planning for limited development, natural resource conservation, creation or revision of municipal ordinances, storm water management, farmland preservation, historic preservation, scenic resource protection, watershed analyses, and landscaping with native plants.


TEMA’s Professional 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:

·         Protect and conserve land and water, natural, cultural and scenic resources;
·         Create and strengthen local government efforts that support resource conservation;
·         Improve site planning and design to support resource conservation;
·         Plan and conserve of natural and cultural resources;
·         Enhance awareness and knowledge of conservation approaches.

If you are in local government, are a developer, landowner or in business interested in acquiring or expanding your skills in these areas, please contact us for a no obligation travel and/or training plan.