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Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation

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1715, 1750, 1770. Sandy Flash Dr., Ridley Creek State Park

The plantation had its beginning during the tenure of Ralph Lewis, whose son Evan sold the property to fellow Quaker Joseph Pratt. The plantation includes a number of buildings, among them a stone cabin that may have been the first settlement house of the Lewis family. The steep pitch of its gabled roof suggests that it was thatched originally, a common English roofing technique. The Pratts’ stone farmhouse expanded over 130 years from its first beginnings as a single southfacing cell with a pent eave across its center. An east addition providing more public space was followed by a one-story western kitchen addition with a walk-in fireplace and separate stair to the upper levels. It was later given a second story, creating a unified roof line the length of the house. The result is a visually satisfying building that looks like other stone English houses from the early settlements in Chester and Bucks counties. The property includes a stone springhouse, wooden stable, and wooden barn. Other outbuildings are constructed of local stone. The complex is operated by the Bishop's Mills Historical Institute.

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas


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George E. Thomas, "Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation", [Newtown Square, Pennsylvania], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of PA vol 2

Buildings of Pennsylvania: Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania, George E. Thomas, with Patricia Likos Ricci, Richard J. Webster, Lawrence M. Newman, Robert Janosov, and Bruce Thomas. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2012, 220-220.

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