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For the first time ever, all of the stops in the 2019 Bayard Taylor Home & Garden Tour are located within the Borough of Kennett Square!

Like the town itself, this year's tour, Strolling the Square, is completely walkable so it's easy to discover the charm and explore the hidden treasures of our small town. Free central parking will be available in the borough parking facility at Union and Linden Streets, at Kennett Friends Meeting (Union and Sickle Streets) and at the future site of the new Kennett Library (State and Willow Streets). But there is so much to see and do in Kennett Square, so please make sure you allow time to visit our town's unique shops, contemporary art galleries, and don't forget about lunch!  Participating restaurants will be ready to greet you with their small town hospitality and delicious Luncheon Specials created especially for our Home & Garden Tour goers.

Thank you for supporting the Kennett Library. We hope you enjoy your time Strolling the Square! 

One of Kennett Square’s most historic and architecturally significant buildings was designed by celebrated Philadelphia architect Frank Furness and built in 1884. This Queen Anne style home is best known for its top heavy brick chimneys resembling locomotive smoke stacks. The mansion, heavily damaged by fire in November 2014, has been beautifully brought back to life. Features include huge ornate fireplaces, elaborately carved woodwork, and period chandeliers. You may have seen it from the outside, here’s your chance to explore this spectacular gem!
Turn of the century charm welcomes you to this beautiful property. It’s a 6 bedroom mansion on a 1.75 acre lot, with a pool out back, a carriage house, and professionally designed gardens. This magnificent charmer has the original elaborate crystal chandeliers, stained glass around the front door and fireplace mantels, and 11.5 foot ceilings. It’s the best of both worlds, says the owner, “ feels like the country while living in the middle of town”.
Visit the oldest house in the Kennett Historic District, which started as a log cabin, and was replaced by a fieldstone structure in about 1790. Additions and renovations have happened through the years; but the floors, windows and doors are original. Waterbury Kitchens was hired to install a kitchen that “didn’t look new”, and would blend into the old house. The gardens are mostly in shades of purple and notice the wonderful barn, with a large covered porch, built in 1915.
Enjoy this light-filled home, with views of nature from every window. The cozy decor reflects the homeowners many interests in travel, fox hunting, horses, dogs, birds etc. This quarter acre garden is a wildlife habitat certified by the National Wildlife Federation. Lots of surprises await, including a rear shade garden, an Australian native twig screen, and a small pond. Not to be missed!
This wonderful 1926 home, was designed and built by Paul Hannum in the then-popular Colonial Revival style. A traditional, wide center hall is flanked by two gracious rooms, with the kitchen tucked in the back. The current owners bought the house in 2000 and have renovated much of the interior, enclosed the porch, and updated the kitchen. As you go into the backyard, turn around and notice that the house almost has two “fronts”. Redesigned landscape by Richard Lyon.
Enjoy the gardens that surround this 1920’s Arts & Crafts-era foursquare. Locally quarried Avondale stone boulders are used as steps and paving throughout the gardens. Both homeowners are landscape and horticultural professionals who have thoughtfully designed these beautiful gardens, creating a changing tapestry throughout the seasons. Richly layered with trees, flowering bushes, perennials, and bulbs; this property is a delight.
The front stone walkway with three Sweet Bay Magnolias leads you to this charming c.1900 home. The owners have added an 800 square foot addition that comprises a sun-filled kitchen on the first floor, and a master suite on the second. The back garden delights with a chicken coop and an espaliered apple tree on the garden shed. And you can’t miss the towering Dawn Redwood. Enjoy!
This four-square, six bedroom stone house with latticed windows was built in 1910. Two original brick and stone fireplaces with gleaming white woodwork grace the living room and kitchen nook. The kitchen was remodeled with a large window that overlooks the gardens. The backyard has been certified as a sustainable wildlife habitat and is “Grand Central Station for birds.” And don’t miss the screened-in porch, with views of the side lawn. It’s a lovely retreat for their family and friends during the warmer months.
A perfectly designed home for this couple wanting to 'age in place' : remarkably energy efficient, lots of light, low maintenance, blends in with the neighborhood, and an elevator that connects all three levels. Let’s not forget the dogs who have their own shower in the mudroom. The plantings are almost entirely native species that attract birds, bees, and butterflies. The house was built in 2016, tucked into a lovely, established neighborhood of older homes. Every aspect, a delight!
“No regrets!” These homeowners are definitely enjoying this lower maintenance, more manageable, 2,800 square foot end unit in Magnolia Place. With an open floor plan and first floor master suite, life is good! Consider walking up to the third floor to see a second light-filled living room that opens to a roof top patio, complete with a ‘living wall' and a japanese maple. Borough living at it’s finest!
“It’s a great little community”. These homeowners were the first to move into Magnolia Place as it was being built. They have opted to have their kitchen in the front of the house, with a spacious living room leading out to their very private, fenced in back patio. The pocket-size back yard is beautifully landscaped with a Japanese maple, a dwarf Alberta spruce, daylilies and container plantings. Come see!!
Stop by and learn about our plans for the new Kennett Library! Members of the Board of Trustees will be available to answer your questions about the exciting plans for the future, and you can also learn about our current programming. The Kennett Underground Railroad Center will feature a “Pop-up Museum” in the Library for the day. As you exit, be sure to grab a delicious ice-cream bar from La Michoacana.
This 1898 brick home was in great shape when the current owners bought it in 2003, just not large enough. They added an extensive addition onto the back of the house, keying off the architectural features of the church next door. The first floor has been beautifully opened up for family living and entertaining. And the kitchen is spacious and welcoming. Notice the arched entry gate to the back garden, handcrafted by John Borden. Stroll through this hidden garden and be amazed!
Do-it-yourselfers will not want to miss this stop on the tour. The owners bought this 1857 home ten years ago and gutted it, doing most of the work themselves. With inspiration from DIY shows, they have created a charming front living room, a grand open-plan kitchen, and a great family room in the very back. Stepping outside you’ll find a big brick patio and pergola, with a backyard stretching to the alley. The perfect home for a young family!