carolyn roland: Birchrunville PA, the Town that Progress Passed By - 07/29/14 02:03 PM
Birchrunville is one of the most intact historic villages of Chester County. It is an example of a 19th Century village where tradesmen and millers lived in a symbiotic relationship with the farmers whose land surrounded the village. Its people supported a nearby iron mining settlement and its roads carried tradesmen and ore to Branson’s Vincent Forge on the French Creek.        
On a recent Town Tour sponsored by Chester County, our guide told us that the marshy and hilly land was only suitable for farming and horses, which is why developers passed it by. As I left, my GPS … (2 comments)

carolyn roland: Mysterious Document of Tomahawk Manor's Past - 07/25/14 12:00 PM
Tomahawk Manor, now located in Hartly, Delaware, outside of the State Capital of Dover, has a reputation and a mystery about it.  The story below has been handed down for many years and through 2 owners of the house. The good news is that over 40 years ago, a local game warden found the house languishing in a field as described above. What did he do about it? He bought it from the owner, a farmer, and took it apart, brick by brick and moved it to 11 nearby acres of vacant land. It was re-assembled with whatever materials could be … (2 comments)

carolyn roland: July 2014 Historic Homes Newsletter- Your Source for July 4th Events - 06/30/14 02:25 PM
Looking for July 4th information?  Here are some local events: The public is cordially invited to attend Northern Delaware’s annual 4th of July bell-ringing ceremony. At 2:00 Eastern Daylight Time, beginning with bells in Philadelphia, bells across New Castle and across the Nation will peal, officially commemorating the birth of American Independence. Children, families, friends and neighbors of all ages are cordially invited to attend the local ceremonies, at 1:25 at Immanuel Church on the Green. The bells will be rung at 2:00 pm. Then, thirteen children, representing the thirteen colonies, will ring a smaller bell, donated to the day’s event … (3 comments)

carolyn roland: Delaware Historic Home Moves on Down the Road - 06/22/14 10:51 AM
The story of this Historic Delaware Home for Sale is a little out of the ordinary. Little did Thomas Lewis, descendant of Welshman Henry Lewis, know when he built a brick dwelling house in 1772, that 200 years later a Kent County Delaware game warden would buy his house and haul it away, brick by brick. Yet, this is what happened. The home, referred to in an old paper as “Tomahawk,” was reassembled in Hartly, just up the road. Missing windows, doors, and floorboards were replaced with materials from other abandoned homes, the remaining woodwork was restored, and modern amenities were … (0 comments)

carolyn roland: Southern Chester County PA Market Report - 06/16/14 01:54 PM
The time is here to find out what happened in Southern Chester County PA in May, 2014.  As you can see, new listings and closed sales compared to the previous May are up, but for the year, it's in the negative range. Pending sales are also lower than the same period in 2013.
 

 
The median sale price is up a tiny bit, and days on the market are down almost 35% compared to the previous May. Which all goes to show that anecdotally, you can't depend on what you see!  A friend keeps telling me she is seeing … (2 comments)

carolyn roland: New Castle County Market Report- June 2014 - 06/16/14 08:55 AM
The time is here to find out what happened in the real estate market in New Castle County, Delaware in May, 2014.
As you can see,we have about 5% more listings than we did the same time last year, however, closed sales are down about 8%. More good news is that our sales prices are up almost 7% over last year. The average days on the market are down 6% from 2013.
Our inventory of single family detached homes is up a little over 2% for 2014 as a whole over 2013. I am starting to hear from more … (2 comments)

carolyn roland: Doctor, Doctor-Give me the news! I'm Normal! - 04/15/14 07:32 AM
Thank you, Census Bureau! Their 2012 American Community Survey was interpreted by businessinsider.com and came up with a ranking of which states were the most "normal," or in line with data from the U.S. as a whole.
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Delaware, where I have lived for a long, long, time, rated number 7 on the most "normal" state. The marriage rate for men was identical to the national rate-49.8%. The rate for women was 45.1% for women, compared to 46.3% for U.S. women.  The point of real estate interest was that Delawareans were less likely to be in poverty … (0 comments)

carolyn roland: Bellefonte, Delaware--99 Years Old and Lots Going On! - 04/09/14 11:13 AM
Historic Bellefonte, Delaware has a population of 1193 and a land area of .18 square miles. It’s hard to imagine it as an arts, antiques, and “eclectica” hot spot, but it is. Situated a stone’s throw from the Delaware River between the northern edge of Wilmington, Delaware and the Pennsylvania State line, this incorporated town is getting ready to celebrate 100 years since its 1915 founding.     A visit to Brandywine Boulevard finds Bellefonte Arts at number 803 getting ready for a special exhibit, with new work showing up in time for the Art Loop on the First Friday of … (0 comments)

carolyn roland: Bellefonte, Delaware--99 Years Old and Still Charming - 03/27/14 11:43 AM
Historic Bellefonte, Delaware has a population of 1193 and a land area of .18 square miles. It’s hard to imagine it as an arts, antiques, and “eclectica” hot spot, but it is. Situated a stone’s throw from the Delaware River between the northern edge of Wilmington, Delaware and the Pennsylvania State line, this incorporated town is getting ready to celebrate 100 years since its 1915 founding.
 
A visit to Brandywine Boulevard finds Bellefonte Arts at number 803 getting ready for a special exhibit, with new work showing up in time for the Art Loop on the First Friday of … (2 comments)

carolyn roland: Wilmington Library Shines in New Update - 03/19/14 12:44 PM
The Wilmington (Delaware) Free Library recently re-opened more than a year and a half after closing to undergo a $10.4 million rehab. My last memory of the “old” Library was working in the research room on the 3rd floor on a hot summer day with all the windows open,  not helping with the oppressive heat.   A recent visit to the Library revealed something completely different. The renovation – partly financed through the controversial sale of N.C. Wyeth illustrations – goes beyond new lighting, an improved air conditioning system and a modern entryway that includes a new handicapped entrance to the 92-year-old … (4 comments)

carolyn roland: Are you too busy to talk to showing agents? - 02/25/14 09:50 AM
I don't know about you, but I am really focused on doing a good job for my clients, even if it means missing an event I had tickets for. This happened the other day, when a buyer client wanted to make an offer on a home in a historic area of Wilmington while her mother was in town to give her some support. I enjoyed meeting this charming woman, who had good advice for her daughter. After we had written the offer and I had explained the steps we had to take, I called the listing agent to make sure we … (5 comments)

carolyn roland: Carolyn Roland's Historic Homes News for January 2014 - 12/31/13 08:14 AM
January 2014 Historic Homes E Newsletter From Carolyn Roland  
Civil rights, slavery and Delaware in the 1940s to be featured at State of Delaware museums in January.Highlights include “Civil Rights: A Dream Deferred: The Past to the Present” at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan 4 at The Old State House (above)  located at 25 The Green in Dover. Presented by Dr. James Newton, University of Delaware professor emeritus of Black American Studies, the program will include a screening of the 2007 documentary film “A Dream Deferred: Remembering the 1968 Occupation” which depicts the rioting that took place in Wilmington, Del. after … (2 comments)

carolyn roland: Who is Selling Real Estate in Outer Space? Goldilocks, of course! - 11/05/13 09:42 AM
  “It seems that the universe produces plentiful real estate for life that somehow resembles life on Earth."  Astronomers reported that there could be as many as 40 billion habitable Earth-size planets in the galaxy, based on a new analysis of data from NASA’s Kepler spacecraft. One out of every five sunlike stars in the galaxy has a planet the size of Earth circling it in the Goldilocks zone— not too hot, not too cold — where surface temperatures should be compatible with liquid water, according to a herculean three-year calculation based on data from the Kepler spacecraft by Erik Petigura, … (2 comments)

carolyn roland: Chester County Day Sends Intrepid Old House Buffs Off On A Hunt - 10/12/13 10:22 AM
Saturday, October 5, 2013 saw guests traveling to see historic homes and sites on the Annual Chester County Day scrambling to find these hidden treasures. Each year, on the first Saturday of October, the organizers concentrate on a different quarter of the county, plus historic homes in West Chester, Pennsylvania,  the county seat. My friend and I chose to start outside of town and travel to the farthest points around Coatesville and beyond.  One of the problems we found was that the red arrows which used to be a familiar feature in the past pointing you to the next home, were few … (1 comments)

carolyn roland: Garden Still Life - 10/06/13 03:47 PM

Time to rest after working in the garden and enjoying the sunshine today. With a storm heading up the coast, it was a good time to pick some flowers and the last of the tomatoes before they get blown down. And I finally gave in and switched the thermostat from heat to cool setting (I need my own microclimate inside no matter what it's doing outside!).
Looking for an older home for sale in Wilmington? Contact Carolyn Roland!  I'll even go out in the rain for you!
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carolyn roland: Wilmington Waterfront Hosts Historic Ship Kalmar Nyckel - 09/23/13 07:29 AM
The original Kalmar Nyckel served as Governor Peter Minuit’s flagship for the 1638 expedition that founded the colony of New Sweden, establishing the first permanent European settlement in the Delaware Valley, Fort Christina in present-day Wilmington, Delaware.  She would make a total of four roundtrip crossings of the Atlantic, more than any other documented ship of the American colonial era.
In select locations, join the crew for a memorable deck tour of this modern reproduction of the Kalmar Nyckel.  The crew will talk with guests about the ship, its special place in history and what made it unique in 1638 … (2 comments)

carolyn roland: July 2013 Historic Homes E News - 07/02/13 03:43 PM
Join the Delaware Historical Society and John Medkeff, beer historian, on Saturday, July 20 at 9:45 a.m. for a special bus, walking, and Riverview Cemetery tour (rain or shine!) exploring Wilmington's rich brewing past. Travel throughout Wilmington to exhume this buried beer history from the colonial era. Explore historic taverns, commercial bottlers, and survivors of Prohibition, to the present-day microbrewery revolution! This first-of-its-kind tour concludes with a beer sampling at the Riverfront Iron Hill Brewery where the tour begins and ends. Reserve your spot online here or call (302) 295-3284 Space is limited -  R.S.V.P. required.$30/members   $45/non-members - includes beer sampling.  
 Town Tours and … (0 comments)

carolyn roland: Newark Delaware Continues Tradition of July Fourth Spectaculars - 07/01/13 09:01 AM
 
 
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carolyn roland: Wilmington's Clifford Brown Jazz Festival Draws Crowds Downtown - 06/24/13 12:52 PM
 
I’m not sure what the crowd count was, but for the 3 nights I attended the 25th Clifford Brown Jazz Festival which was held from June 18-22, the crowds filled Rodney Square and spilled out onto the surrounding sidewalks. Down on the grass, one had to shoehorn in a lawn chair to find a place to sit.
The first night started with saxophonist Benny Golson (center), who frequently played with trumpeter Brown, who died in an accident at 25 in 1956. From top center clockwise, Rick Braun, vibrophonist Stefon Harris, jazz DJ Bob Perkins of WRTI, United Trumpet Summit, … (1 comments)

carolyn roland: The 25th Clifford Brown Jazz Fest Begins Today in Wilmington - 06/19/13 08:28 AM
Tonight is the first of four days of the 25th Annual Clifford Brown Jazz Festival on Rodney Square in Wilmington, Delaware.

 
This picture is from the 2012 Festival (Steve Wilson group with Strings). I have been attending this great gathering from the beginning, when it was held on the riverfront behind the Hercules Building, and when Brown’s widow attended.
This year they have shortened it from Monday to Saturday to Wednesday to Saturday. With a new mayor in office, it will be interesting to see if the City will take that money they saved by shortening the Festival and … (0 comments)

 
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