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A Season of Change

Updated: Oct 12, 2023



The firm grip of Summer's grasp has finally been relinquished to usher in the season of change. As we anxiously await the arrival of the beautiful hues of falling leaves that will soon surround the village, the crisp Autumn nights signal that the transition to a new season is upon us.

The words "Marshallton" and "change" are perhaps rarely—if ever—spoken in the same sentence. We are, after all, a community that reveres its place in history and holds steadfast to the values, traditions, and sense of place that connect us from generation to generation. But, like the seasons, change is the only constant. Read on to learn more about an important transition happening in our own organization in the upcoming months. And please join us as we embrace this season of change with its shifting shades of vibrant colors and the enchanting promise of steady transformation to come. Happy Fall!



Letter from the President


Bob Portnoy lending a hand at the Valentine's Day Food Drive.


In July 2022, I announced to the Marshallton Conservation Trust Board that I intended to step down from the role of President at the start of 2024. This extended notice was provided as I was intent on ensuring that we had ample opportunity to thoughtfully prepare a succession plan. I am pleased to announce that we have adopted such a plan, with Robin Ashby agreeing to take on the role of President and Cristina Bennett continuing in her new role as Treasurer. Both Robin and Cristina are enormously capable and committed. They will assume these roles at the beginning of next year. Subsequently, I hope to remain on the Board to focus on a few project-specific initiatives.

I have had the honor and privilege of serving as the President since 2017, and before that, I served in the role of Treasurer for several years. Along with Cendrine Gemberling, I am one of only two remaining founders of the Marshallton Conservation Trust still on our Board of Directors. Since our founding in 2009, the organization has matured and evolved dramatically. It has been marvelous to see.

One point that I have emphasized for some time is our commitment to preserving our sense of community, which remains of paramount importance. Having an organization like the Marshallton Conservation Trust empowers all of us by providing an effective platform through which we are able to voice our concerns about the future of our small historical village. It binds us together through shared values, traditions, and a sense of belonging. It preserves the village’s unique heritage, fosters support networks, and sustains a vibrant cultural identity, ensuring the village thrives as a close-knit, resilient, and enduring community. Maintaining our sense of community is precious.

Finally, I think it is important to emphasize that having an organized community-based vehicle, like the Marshallton Conservation Trust, provides us with a mechanism to invest in our village and its surrounding countryside with intention and care. Our investments fall into three categories: Open Space Conservation, Community Donations, and Community Events. Since 2015, we have invested more than $220,000 in our community. A significant portion of this includes our work with the Marshalton Triathlon, which remains the primary fundraiser for the West Bradford Fire Company. This is an enormous achievement and should make us all proud to be supporters of our very special village.

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to contribute! I remain very grateful.








Autumn in Marshallton


Fall is in the air! Mark your calendars for these upcoming family fun community events. For more information on community events happening in and around Marshallton, please visit our Events page.



West Bradford Township: Fall Family Fun Festival

West Bradford Township will be hosting its annual Fall Family Fun Festival at Broad Run Park on Saturday, October 14th from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Join the festivities that include pumpkin and face painting, hayrides, music and more!




MUMC Trunk or Treat

The Marshallton United Methodist Church will be hosting its annual Trunk or Treat in the MUMC parking lot on Sunday, October 29th from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. This all-ages event is wonderful for families with young and school-aged children. Activities include a scavenger hunt, crafts, and prizes for the best decorated trunk and most creative costumes.




Trick or Treat in Marshallton

Stop by the West Bradford Fire Company in Marshallton on Halloween night between 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. for a special treat from the Marshallton Conservation Trust.






Community Spotlight: Marshalton Triathlon



It was a fantastic day for the Marshallton community as 850 participants pedaled, paddled, and paced in the 49th Marshalton Triathlon on October 1st. Thank you to all the volunteers, sponsors, community members, and The Four Dogs Tavern for hosting a festive celebration after the race. See you next year for the 50th anniversary of the Marshalton Triathlon!






Through the Lens


Every month, we will feature an image captured by photographer and Village resident, Jim Lawson, showcasing the natural beauty of Marshallton. Enjoy!


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