Earlier this year preservation advocates Preservation Pennsylvania (preservationpa.org) added Patterson Farm/Satterthwaite House to their 2021 At Risk List, focusing statewide attention on Patterson Farm’s plight.
Patterson Farm was obtained by Lower Makefield township in 1998 to prevent development. A portion of its land is preserved. Its buildings have been neglected.
In response to the At Risk designation, an Ad Hoc Committee was formed by the township to guide management of township properties.
The committee recently discussed demolition of Satterthwaite House. Such talk has riled preservationists, including Lora Tarantino, who was “horrified to hear ‘demolition’ surface via the Ad Hoc committee”. PFP board member Florence Wharton implores activism: “Residents must challenge the Ad Hoc committee to release the townships tedious regulations to allow a skillful volunteer/professional group to stabilize this incomparable farmstead.”
“Patterson Farm is important as a valuable resource to this community as it has been for the last 300 years,” adds PFP Board member Dr. Helen Heinz. Donna Doan, board member concurs, “Demolition is not an acceptable option. We mustn’t allow temporary decision-makers to irreparably harm our tricentennial heritage farm.”
Patterson Farm Preservation, Inc. 501(c)3 members are concerned citizens, incorporated at the behest of former township officials. PFP offers both lease and sale options to save Satterthwaite House.
Jeff Hirko, restoration carpenter and President of PFP is ready to lead: “In decades of completing professional restorations I have worked on projects far worse than Satterthwaite. Its builders used good practices & materials, a testament to why it stands today. It needs love, sweat equity, donations and volunteers to restore it to being the jewel of the township.”
Satterthwaite House collectibles are available for purchase (order form elsewhere in this issue). Funds support preservation.
PHOTO CAP: Pennsylvania’s oldest continuously cultivated farm. Patterson Farm Preservation Inc offers stewardship solutions honoring tricentennial Patterson Farm’s heritage.