- Patterson Farm was established in 1683 by Quaker immigrant Thomas Janney, who left England with his family seeking freedom after suffering persecution for his peaceful religious beliefs. He was a “Publisher of Truth,” a Quaker Minister, William Penn’s esteemed Provincial Councilor and one of Bucks County’s first Justices of the Peace.
- Patterson Farm has endured through a Revolutionary War to end tyranny, through hardships of Civil and World Wars, through times of social injustice, wearying sickness, and financial Depression. Through it all Patterson Farm has been a stalwart place of peace for our community, a haven in times of trouble, a place of natural beauty and abundance that soothes our souls.
- Patterson Farm, the beloved historic keystone of our community has fallen into disrepair under uncaring management by Lower Makefield Township. Pictures show Satterthwaite House’s sad decline in condition from 1998 when Lower Makefield acquired Patterson Farm, to today.
Our ancestors prevailed through troubled times. So will we, through pandemic and political turmoil. Our ancestors set the foundations of Patterson Farm with the intention of peaceful coexistence for all. We invite you to support the preservation of this exceptionally special place. When the volunteers of Patterson Farm Preservation began this journey we wondered whether 100 people would sign our petition for preservation. Today we’re grateful over 4,700 people have signed! Our social media community surpassed 2,700 members and growing. The voices of a few neighbors supporting responsible management of Patterson Farm has grown to a chorus. Will you add your voice today? Join the #SaveOurSatterthwaite campaign by visiting https://www.pattersonfarmpreservation.org or following our Patterson Farm Preservation Facebook page or Instagram account @pattersonfarmpa.
In peaceful collaboration we will make 2021 our Year of Restoration for health, happiness, history! Join us.
PHOTO CAP: Vacant 15 years, the front parlor of historic Satterthwaite House awaits restoration so it can welcome visitors again. Patterson Farm Preservation members implore Lower Makefield officials to allow restoration in 2021.