Folke Stone Bed And Breakfast
|Foyer/Room Folke Stone B & B|
The Innkeepers Marcy and Walter Schmoll were very friendly and accommodating. They were so kind that when we checked out, Walter gave me a clump of the ground cover that I admired growing around the tree in the front yard.
|Breakfast Table Folke Stone B & B|
After breakfast we enjoyed the view from the side porch. I remember that the door leading out to the porch was original from 1732 and had lots of character.
|King Louis Room|
|Swans on pond Folke Stone B & B|
Our room was the King Louis room which had a French Provincial style elegance, and the view from the window was right out of a Romantic Novel. Our view was of two lovely swans floating peacefully on what appeared to be an old English countryside pond.
A visit to this region of Pennslyvania is not complete unless you spend a day at Longwood Gardens. I have often described Longwood Gardens as Heaven on Earth. It is not uncommon that the first time you visit a vacation spot, is usually the best experience, however with Longwood Gardens every visit is the best! Each season offers a different view, and experience.
|Loves Temple Longwood♥ Renewed Our Vows|
|Main Fountain Garden Longwood|
A circular arbor is covered with pink roses in June. During the bloom period, the enclosure serves as one of the outdoor staging areas for concerts. In the center of the arbor is an old Italian wellhead.
The next attraction on our agenda is always a visit to Winterthur, a Dupont family mansion converted into a museum with the largest collection of Americana antiques in the world.
|One of several dining room settings|
In May of 1997 Winterthur acquired the Campbell Soup Tureen collection.
|Campbell Soup Tureen Collection|
If you decide to eat at either of their two cafes, you must try their delicious Kennett Square Cream Of Mushroom Soup!
Brandwine River Museum
The second day of our trip to the Brandywine Valley we visited the Brandywine River Museum the home of the artist work of the Wyeth family in Chadds Ford on Route 1. From their website:
In 1971, the Conservancy opened the Brandywine River Museum in the renovated Hoffman’s Mill, a former gristmill built in 1864 that was part of the Conservancy’s first preservation efforts. With nearly six million visitors to date, the museum has established an international reputation for its unparalleled collection and its dedication to American art with primary emphasis on the art of the Brandywine region, American illustration, still life and landscape painting, and the work of the Wyeth family.Among the hundreds of artists represented are Howard Pyle, many students of Pyle who affected the course of American illustration, N. C. Wyeth, Andrew Wyeth, and Jamie Wyeth. There is work by hundreds of famous illustrators. Landscape, still life, portrait and genre painting includes work by Benjamin West, Gilbert Stuart, Asher Durand, W. T. Richards, William Harnett, John Haberle, J. D. Chalfant, Horace Pippin, and many others, while the major still life collection includes paintings by William Harnett, John Peto, George Cope, John Haberle, Horace Pippin, and many more artists. Nearly 300 special exhibitions have been shown in the museum’s six galleries, along with constant installations of work from the collection. Educational programs and publications for audiences of all ages are regular and frequent.
One thing that stands out in my memory is that they had the 1911 lithographs of N.C. Wyeth's illustrations for Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island.
|Chadds Ford Inn|
|Second Floor Dining Room|
The ambiance of the Chaddsford Inn was only upstaged by the beautifully plated meal which was scrumptious. This restaurant is now under new management and I can't vouch for their food, but the ambiance has to be as inspirational because of the historical value of the inn.
The Brandywine Valley is filled with many other historical sites, gardens, and wineries. After our dinner at the Chadds Ford Inn we stopped by a wine tasting festival at the Chaddsford Winery which was right nearby the inn on Route 1. It was a very mellow ending to a very memorable trip to the outstanding Brandywine Valley of Pennsylvania.
Brandywine Valley Links:
Folke Stone Bed & Breakfast
Brandywine River Museum
Chaddsford Inn/Brandywine Prime