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Property Information
Welcome to Smith's Homestead
907 S. Providence Road
Wallingford, PA
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Price: $489,000
Bedrooms: 5
Bathrooms: 3.5
Square Feet: 2,663
Lot Description/Acreage:
0.44
Year Built:
1890
Architectural Style:
Victorian
(c.1860-1900)
 
Contact Information
Name: Scott Laughlin
Phone: 215-275-1685
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Property History
Once again, it’s time to take you on yet another Magical History Tour!

Today, we’ll be talking about the early settlement of Nether Providence Township in Delaware County! I’ll try and keep this one brief, but it is a very interesting story.

Even before William Penn arrived in America, he had given a 1,000-acre land grant to John Sharpless, who settled along the Ridley Creek where the earliest settlements of Pennsylvania were first established (Chester, PA for example). In 1683, the residents of Providence Township petitioned the County to create a road between “Providence and Chester” and that is the road on which my listing is located! One of the first and earliest roads in Delaware County.

For 100+ years, the majority of the land away from the Delaware River was dedicated to farmland, exporting their harvests to New England, Europe & Canada. The Ridley & Crum Creeks provided ample water to irrigate the local farms, and ultimately became the engine that drove the huge complex of mills that began in the 2nd half of the 18th Century all the way to the 20th Century.

The first mill constructed was a cotton mill on Crum Creek, constructed in 1763 by Thomas Allen, who emigrated to America from Wallingford, England!

By the mid 19th Century, there were 14 mill complexes in Nether Providence along the Ridley & Crum Creeks. Those mills were constructed for everything from cotton & wool production, to grist & dyewood mills.

Those mills became the engine to drive a population growth in the area as workers from the city moved South. One of those workers was a gentleman by the name of Charles E. Smith. With such a common name, it is hard to find a lot of details about him. According to the 1860 Census, Mr. Smith was employed as a “Spinner” at one of the local wollen mills, and was referenced as working in those mills through to the 1880 Census. By the 1900 Census, he was listed as a “Farmer” and that brings us to my listing!

Mr. Smith acquired approximately 25 acres of land on what is locally known as Pleasant Hill (named after a school house that was constructed on the corner of Providence and Harvey Roads). The house they constructed in the late 1800’s was later expanded to the structure that we see today sometime between 1902 and 1909. With 5 children, all working the farm in various capacities, I’m sure they needed more room! It remained in the family for over 50 years until the 1920’s. Surprisingly, even today, the majority of the farmland has not been developed, as one large tract now houses a church next door, and the majority of the land at the rear became a part of what is now Houston Park.

Today, the original 19th Century farmhouse has been completely modernized for today’s discerning homeowners. Practically everything in the house has been updated, yet the warmth & character of the original, simple structure remains.

 
Property Description
Set far back from the road, it commands a presence from the road, with a large & level front yard, surrounded by hydrangeas, azaleas, redbuds, crepe myrtles and other heirloom shrubs & perennials. A full-width sunroom encompasses the entire front of the house, while a large open side porch enjoys views of the rear gardens and woods beyond.

A detached 2-car garage with loft storage is tucked at the very rear of the property.

The central entry door welcomes you into a massive great room that is flanked on one side by a fireplace (currently housing an efficient, pellet stove that significantly reduces the Winter heating bills) & the main staircase is tucked into the other corner with a large closet underneath. Windows on three sides of this great room ensures an abundance of light & cross breezes from morning until late afternoon.

The dining room has the original 19th Century trinity staircase to the 2nd floor. Off the dining room is the laundry/powder room and another cozy sunroom with Southern views over the side lawn.

The kitchen is tucked at the rear of the first floor and has been completely updated with granite counters, Maple cabinets, BOSCH stainless steel appliances, garbage disposal and a central island with space for 4 barstools. Just off the rear is a private composite deck that is the perfect size for an intimate table & chairs, or as currently configured, a couple cozy chairs to enjoy the views.

Ascend the main stairs, and there are two large bedrooms that occupy the entire front of the house, each with ample closet space and connected to each other as well as being accessed from the central hallway. The hall bathroom to service these two bedrooms is completely new!

The master suite occupies the entire rear Ell over the dining room & kitchen. The en-suite bathroom has also been completely updated, and a 2nd floor sunroom also enjoys the beautiful views of the side yard and rear woods. A massive walk-in closet completes the 2nd floor.

The third floor houses the two remaining bedrooms, and the 3rd, fully renovated full bathroom. There is also a large storage closet tucked into one corner of the attic eaves.

So much has been completed on this immaculate farmhouse, that practically everything has already been done for the next Owners.

¬ Laundry & Powder Room Renovated in 2001
¬ Furnace Replaced in 2002
¬ Windows & Siding Replaced in 2003
¬ Water Heater replaced in 2007
¬ Rebuilt front porch & installed new windows in 2010
¬ Kitchen Renovated in 2014
¬ New Bilco door installed in 2015
¬ New 275-gallon oil tank installed in basement & buried tank outside removed in 2015
¬ Rebuilt side porch, front steps & rear deck in 2015
¬ All 3 Bathrooms Remodeled in 2017
¬ Driveway resealed in 2019
¬ Custom plantation shutters and blinds throughout the house
¬ House has been completely re-wired & upgraded to 200 AMP service

 
Additional Notes
The property is so conveniently located, just 3 minutes, and you are on I-95 for direct access to the airport (less than a 10-minute drive), or South to Wilmington (less than a 20-minute drive).

Explore the local towns of Swarthmore (where there is a thriving downtown, including the Swarthmore Coop) & Media (where the Summer has dining under the stars, numerous music festivals, parades and a Trader Joe’s). Public transportation to Center City is just 5 minutes down the road at one of three SEPTA stations.

Next door is the historic Rose Valley Museum at Thunderbird Lodge, highlighting the development of this unique Arts & Crafts community founded in 1901. Also in Rose Valley is the famous Hedgerow Theater, continuously operating since the 1920’s, providing exceptional stage productions in an intimate, converted mill building.

Last Updated: August 27, 2019
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