An 18th century manor house in Newtown Square is up for sale—for a cool $5.45 million, writes James Tarmy for Bloomberg.com.
The home has been lovingly maintained by Sanford and Lisa Davne, but now, as they ease into retirement, it’s time to move on.
“We have another home in southeast Florida,” Davne says. “We’re shifting where we spend time.”
They bought the property in 1998, restored it in four years, then over the next 20 hosted parties for the annual Radnor Hunt, local fundraisers and dressage events.
Through it all, they stayed true to its history.
The house was built by Thomas Willing, the first president of the First Bank of the United States.
It once sat on several hundred acres and the estate included multiple farms and outbuildings.
Thomas G. Ashton, a psychiatrist, married the heiress to the Baldwin Locomotive fortune. They bought the manor house in 1913, added 1,300 acres and created the Delchester horse and dairy farm.
In 1946, they expanded the house and improved the grounds.
Year by year, acreage was sold off and developed. By 1982, the house sat on just 100 acres.
Read more about this historical Newtown Square home here.
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