Conservation Easement Placed on Derbydown—the Birthplace of Humphry Marshall

Updated: Sep 1


In early August 2022, a very significant conservation easement transaction closed on the remaining 113 acres of pastureland on Castle Rock Farm. MCT is pleased to have helped fund this transaction. We served as a local sponsoring organization, which in turn assisted in securing other vital public funding.


This completes the protection of another iconic Marshallton area farm, sometimes known as the Abraham Marshall Farm (Derbydown). This farm was the birthplace of Humphry Marshall which was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973. The land being conserved also falls within the Trimble’s Ford Strategic Landscape, indicating its significance in the Revolutionary War’s Battle of the Brandywine.


MCT is proud to have played a role in preserving Castle Rock Farm (Derbydown) from development working alongside our partners in preservation West Bradford Township and Natural Lands, and extends its sincerest gratitude to Peter and Barbara Giangiulio for choosing to preserve their iconic farm.