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Message from the President

Given to the community by the Fox Companies, the developer of Chesterbrook, the mission of Duportail House, Inc. is to preserve and protect the property’s historic structures – the Duportail House, Caretaker’s Cottage, and the Federal Barn.  The property is managed by a volunteer Board of Directors.  Since 1985, it has functioned as a community center hosting events such as local civic association meetings, historic lectures, corporate picnics, and weddings.

Income from rental activity and through the generosity of nearly 150 individual donors last year, sufficient money was raised to replace the roof on the Duportail House, on the Federal Barn, and on the Caretaker’s Cottage.  In addition to replacing roofs, the current Board has focused on improving the grounds by adding informal landscaping beds around the house and the Barn.  While improvements have been made to the interior as well, more projects remain to be done.

Another historic structure will soon be added to the site.  A project of the Tredyffrin Historic Preservation Trust, the Jones Log Barn will serve as an additional venue for telling the stories of Duportail, Valley Forge, and of this 300+ year-old community.

We are grateful to those of you who have already joined the Friends of Duportail.  Your contributions have made a difference.  I thank each of you for supporting these historic preservation projects.  Together, we are Making History Where History Was Made.

Luigi DiFilippo
Duportail House, Inc.

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