The groups’ incorporation in 2015 organized neighbors as Board members with a shared interest in historic preservation and a specific mission to preserve and restore Lower Makefield’s Patterson Farm.
What began as a group of concerned friends gathering to discuss possibilities, has grown into a community of supporters whose desire is to see Patterson Farm’s structures restored and supporting the continuation of agriculture.
Board member Dr. Helen Heinz is encouraged, “All we need is the go-ahead and everyone will be amazed.”
Among the groups accomplishments are the acquisition of a farmland preservation easement ensuring 106 acres of Patterson Farm, settled in 1683, can perpetually produce food; and a raised awareness of the property’s significance in the township’s history. “If you ate today, thank a farmer,” says board member Florence Wharton.
Located on Mirror Lake Road, Patterson Farm was acquired by Lower Makefield Township in 1998 from farmers Thomas & Alice Patterson.
County Open Space funding, in part, made possible the acquisition of the 200+ acre property.
An Open Space covenant was placed on a section of the farm, but much of the land remained unprotected.
Patterson Farm Preservation members continuously advocated for an agricultural easement that was achieved in 2017.
Forty acres remain unprotected, and sadly, the farm buildings’ condition has declined.
At the heart of the groups’ mission is historic Satterthwaite House, the construction of which began in the 17th century.
Patterson Farm volunteers have stepped forward offering assistance to Lower Makefield Township with viable fundraising and stewardship options to save lovely Satterthwaite and adjoining farmsteads from further decline. “The restoration of Satterthwaite House is vitally important to the interpretation of this regions’ history. If properly managed, Satterthwaite can continue to support the farm as it has since its’ construction and can be a valuable educational resource. We are proud to be a voice for preservation in our community,” added board member Donna Doan.
The group envisions a historically sensitive restoration of the house for the benefit of the public in cooperation with township decision-makers.
Events to engage the public such as Farm-To-Table dinners, educational programming, historic craft demonstrations/classes, photography shoots, meditations, music recitals, book signings, civic meetings, holiday events, etc. are a few of the options they’re offering for consideration by the township to support restoration.
For more information visit PattersonFarmPreservation.com.