An historic Brandywine Battlefield property in Chadds Ford originally considered for private development, was acquired March 25 by North American Land Trust (NASLT) which intends to protect the land forever under a conservative easement.
The 72-acre property on Oakland Road will be open to the public as Brinton Run Preserve.
The NALT acquisition preserves diverse plant and wildlife species, as well as the property’s historic significance, with opportunities for passive public recreation and education.
The property owner, Mrs. Frank Baldino, Jr., was planning to sell the homestead, but approached North American Land Trust in 2019 to discuss open space protection as a development alternative.
“I was familiar with NALT’s mission and reputation in the field of conservation and was particularly delighted to learn of their interest in acquiring the property for a public preserve,” stated Sandra Baldino.
NALT, a national nonprofit known for holding conservative easements on properties, raised $3.5 million to buy the property, with support from several other organizations.
The property is located across from the historic Brinton 1704 House and down the road from the Dilworthtown Village and Historic District.