If you don’t want to read this turn away now.
Ok, the wild the weird and the wooly seem to be fining me these days. Something is going on with the historic farmhouse inside the Liongate Development off 113.
I would not have paid attention except this was the development that found itself in a bit of a situation in 2010 over flying American flags:
HOA threatens heavy fines for flying American flag
By John Shryock
Published: Apr. 19, 2010 at 6:16 PM EDT
(NBC) – A Chester County, Pennsylvania community is embroiled in a flag controversy after several homeowners were told they couldn’t fly any flags on their property, including the Stars and Stripes.
Several residents of the Liongate community in Uwchland Township, PA say they were delivered letters from their homeowner’s association threatening “heavy fines” for hanging flags outdoors.
Wentworth Management Company, who runs the HOA for Liongate, told homeowners the flags violated a bylaw put forth in the community’s agreement.
Debra Heath wrote Tuesday Wentworth has barred her from flying seasonal flags for years, but was even more angered to learn her neighbor was told he couldn’t fly the American and POW flags.
“I am infuriated that this joke of a management company is once again harassing this man who has gone to Iraq to fight for our country and watched his comrades be killed and captured,” Heath wrote.
Heath said this is the second time she and her neighbor were cited for the flags. The man’s wife was warned to take the American flag down days after he shipped of to the Middle East in 2006, they say.
“Regardless of what may be in the bylaws, I’m gonna fly it regardless,” the man, who asked to remain unidentified, said Thursday.
The neighbors say they’ve contacted Pa. State Rep. Curt Schroder about the situation.
But it seems they’ve got the law on their side. While the HOA’s bylaws may prohibit flags, Pa. State law bars such organizations from enforcing such a rule when it pertains to the American, Commonwealth or military flags.
NBC Philadelphia took a copy of the law and the letter delivered to the neighbors to Wentworth Management to discuss the issue.
We were met by Rebecca Rambo, the same woman who signed the warning letters to residents.
Rambo refused to comment on the situation. We also left messages for Wentworth’s CEO, but have not heard back.WFSA 2010
I was not in Chester County then, but I remember this being on the news. So here is this development again. I am about to post documents in the public record, so I am breaking no laws. I am asking what is going on. Then I will share some photos and stuff I found on the web, indicating this was listed fairly recently somewhere/somehow for sale? (The property description “care” speaks for itself because when is a farmhouse a carriage house? Two different purposes historically, correct?)
So what is going on with THIS farmhouse? Seems like another mystery buried in HOA or development, doesn’t it?
I do not know what to make of this, other than this started in the 1980s with a Rouse Chamberlin Development that we can find today near Gardners Landscape on 113.
Interesting… a mystery. Relatives of the Phillips family lived until recently at Happy Days Farm (but lost the original house when they put in the turnpike exit despite family protests.) I believe you also wrote about the recent sale (Audubon Land Development has purchased Happy Days Farm in Exton from Nelson Realty Trust, an entity affiliated with Vanguard Group, for $18.1 million, writes Natalie Kostelni for the Philadelphia Business Journal.)
Northern Chester County was really the last holdout for the Welsh Quakers. Another family, the Thomases, owned at least five contiguous farms along Rt. 30 in Exton. Their homes were also “saved” but now are surrounded by so many shopping centers/businesses, you barely notice them. I don’t think there is any place in the nation where the Welsh were part of the cultural history of a region. That’s because William Penn gave them their own domain, the “Welsh Tract, ” now part of the Main Line (where Welsh names still exist in places like Bryn Mawr. )