Carla Westerman

Carla Westerman is a freelance writer who has lived in Chester County for 25 years. She is the author and photographer of the pictorial guide Chadds Ford: History, Heroes and Landmarks. She has written features and news for regional magazines and newspapers since 1980 and enjoys writing about people, art, history, food, and travel. Carla was a food writer for a decorative arts magazine while living in Hong Kong. She speaks four languages and works as a consultant leading cross-cultural seminars for business executives.

Carla Westerman's Articles




  • 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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  • The Rebirth of the Delaware Art Museum

    The Rebirth of the Delaware Art Museum

    With a fresh start, the Wilmington institution can now put the focus back on art.



    Delaware Art Museum marked its centennial in 2012, with much to be proud of in its past but a deep uncertainty about…
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  • The Arts and Crafts Movement

    The Arts and Crafts Movement

    Right on the edge of the Delaware state line, one couple’s home pays tribute to a distinctive era.



    It’s not easy to describe the home of Zig and David Shields. The house has a distinctive style that evokes the Arts and…
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  • Opera Delaware in Transition

    Opera Delaware in Transition

    The company takes opera off the main stage and out into the community.



    Opera is known for its high drama onstage but in recent years there’s been lots of drama offstage as well. One after…
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  • The Art of Timber Framing

    The Art of Timber Framing

    Chester County’s Hugh Lofting revives a centuries-old craft.



    More than 40 years ago Hugh Lofting walked into a timber-framed house in New Hampshire and discovered his life’s work. “My mouth…
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  • Downsizing

    Downsizing

    When less is more



    When lee and eric miller decided to retire three years ago, they sold their business, their house, their furniture, and most of…
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  • Historic vs. New

    Historic vs. New

    Which home is right for you?



    The romance of owning an historic house is alive and well in this part of the country. Imagine living in a colonial-era…
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  • A Chester County Artisan

    A Chester County Artisan


    Tucked away in one of West Chester's narrow alleys, Rose Valley Restorations has become a destination for antique furniture in need of…
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  • Curating the Home Gallery

    Curating the Home Gallery

    Don’t neglect your artwork



    Art-covered walls are nothing unusual in our area, where the artistic tradition started by the Brandywine School still runs strong. The thrill…
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  • The Union League

    The Union League

    Philadelphia’s Storied Club



    The Union League has been a bastion on Broad Street for Philadelphia's elite since the end of the Civil War. The French…
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  • Architectural Trim



    You recognize it as soon as you enter the door: the house that exudes character. But what are the defining qualities of…
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  • Cross Cultural Architecture

    Cross Cultural Architecture

    John Milner has designs on China



    When architect John Milner took a call from China two years ago, he was puzzled. Why would a Chinese developer be contacting…
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  • Hilltop Sanctuary

    Hilltop Sanctuary

    Chester County living, circa-1830



    As they drove up the steep, rutted driveway through a tunnel of overgrown shrubbery, Dick and Diane Gies had no illusions that…
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  • Life At Full Gallop

    Life At Full Gallop

    A riding teacher looks back at three decades



    Marie Jakubauskas doesn't mince words when people come to Gateway Stables in Kennett Square saying they just want to take one of…
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  • Well Nested

    Well Nested

    Birds now live in high style



    Tom Burke spent 25 years building custom homes with his father in Delaware. He still builds houses but now his business card…
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  • National Bank of Malvern

    National Bank of Malvern

    125 years of thinking small



    Not many banks are in a celebratory mood this year given the upheavals on Wall Street. But one small Chester County bank…
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  • Nemours

    Nemours

    French opulence and American ingenuity



    It took just 18 months to build the Nemours mansion after ground was broken in 1909 on a 300-acre site north of…
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