• Greg Shelton is a Modern Renaissance Man

    Greg Shelton is a Modern Renaissance Man

    Between leading tech conferences and tributes, he’s updated Delaware’s Poplar Hall.



    The grounds of Poplar Hall are in sight. A pair of outbuildings is evident first, to the left of the rocky driveway.…
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  • Have Easel, Will Travel

    Have Easel, Will Travel

    Plein-air painting has gained popularity in the Brandywine Valley.



    Two painters live across the way from Granogue, the grand country estate built in 1927 by  Irenee du Pont and now the…
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  • Staying the Course

    Staying the Course

    Maryland’s Fair Hill International puts horses, riders and designers to the test.



    Three-day eventing began as military training for the war horse. It was designed in the 19th century to compare and test cavalry…
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  • Surprising Finds Around Unionville

    Surprising Finds Around Unionville

    The Southern Chester County town boasts a charming network of shops.



    The village of Unionville is well known to foxhunters heading toward Cheshire hunt country. Just three miles north of Kennett Square, its…
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  • Ivan Dowling Bids Adieu

    Ivan Dowling Bids Adieu

    The recently retired huntsman had been at the helm since 2003.



    Ivan Dowling, the 42-year-old, recently retired Huntsman for Mr. Stewart’s Cheshire Foxhounds, is part of the nearly 400-year-old tradition of fox hunting…
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  • Farewell to Frolic

    Farewell to Frolic

    The Brandywine Valley remembers one of its icons.



    Early on Sunday morning, April 24, 2016, a bright candle in a window of a 17th-century home near the banks of the…
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  • The Hats Have It

    The Hats Have It

    At the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair, it’s all about fabulous fashion, especially hats.



    For the last 119 years, at least half the competitors at the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair have had exceptionally long…
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  • Driving ‘Round the Bend

    Driving ‘Round the Bend

    A look back at Frolic Weymouth’s unique carriages.



    George A. “Frolic” Weymouth had owned carriages since 1960, the year he bought his 18th-century Chadds Ford farmhouse at The Big Bend.…
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  • All in the Family

    All in the Family

    Steeplechase events are a multigenerational affair.



    Horses don’t have the only bloodlines in steeplechasing. It’s a family sport, enjoyed by generations of equine enthusiasts.  Jill Abbott, race director…
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  • Master of the Cellar

    Master of the Cellar

    Downingtown’s Don Cochran has helped design many wine cellars across the Brandywine Valley.



    Don Cochran. There’s an existential “chicken or the egg”-type question for anyone who wants a wine cellar:  Does…
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  • WREX is Part of a Robotics Revolution

    WREX is Part of a Robotics Revolution

    Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children is pioneering technology for children with neurodevelopmental and musculoskeletal disorders.



    Growing up is tough enough. Now imagine being unable to lift your arms high enough to drink from a cup, throw a…
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  • A Barn for all Reasons–Especially Parties

    A Barn for all Reasons–Especially Parties

    A West Chester firm is helping create rustic, multifunctional spaces across Chester County.



    “Be sure to bring your mud boots,” Jeannette Lindvig warned. And, indeed, it is raining, cold and gusty when I arrive at…
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  • History of Steeplechase Racing

    History of Steeplechase Racing

    From Ireland to the Brandywine Valley, the sport has a rich history.



    The first steeplechase took place in 1752 in County Cork, Ireland, a 4.5-mile match race across the countryside. Soon, the sport was off to…
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  • Returning to Sidesaddle in Kennett Square

    Returning to Sidesaddle in Kennett Square

    On March 27, Plantation Field will host this first-of-this-century event.



    More than most sports, riding to the hounds is all about tradition, speaking of a time of vast estates, gamekeepers, manor houses…
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