National Park

Beaver Valley lands added to First State National Historic Park

The Pennsylvania Beaver Valley parcel is now part of the First State National Historic Park.

The Beaver Valley is made up of 254 acres of upland forest, open grasslands and wetlands, as well as a wide variety of wildlife, some endangered.

The Conservation Fund donates everything to the National Park Service (NPS), officially adding it to Delaware National Park.

The Mid-Atlantic Regional Director of the Conservation Fund, Blaine Phillips, says the valley is a natural extension of the existing park.

“It’s a great addition to the park, but it’s also a statement about saving land in the Brandywine Valley,” Phillips said. “You know, it started with a local effort to stop development on this particular property and the community came together and realized that this beautiful woodland and farmland had to be saved.

The land has already been accessible to the public for several years.

“A lot of people might not notice the change, but it’s important,” he said.

The development threatened Beaver Valley before the Conservation Fund bought it. Now the land is officially owned by the National Park Service and will remain protected and accessible to the public for hikers, cyclists, horse riders and runners. It also adds another piece of the historic Brandywine Valley to protected land.

“It’s really part of the landscape that led to the creation of the First State National Historical Park in the first place,” Phillips said. “It’s almost hard to imagine the park without this land.”

This addition increases the total area of ​​this part of the First State National Historic Park from about 1,300 acres to over 1,500.