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Hello, 2023

Updated: Jan 26, 2023

The new year is upon us, and with that, the promise of a fresh start. New year, new you (as they say). And while some change is good, necessary even, we embrace the past as the strong foundation that sustains our small, unique, historic community today and into the future. In this ever-changing world, you might say that the Village of Marshallton is our sanctuary. A place where time seemingly stands still. A place where community reigns and neighbors show up for each other. Plans are in place to do just that at the third annual Valentine’s Day Food Drive—a collaboration between the Marshallton Conservation Trust and The Goddard School in Marshallton to benefit the West Chester Food Cupboard. We invite you to join us to share the love with our neighbors by dropping off a donation of non-perishable food items or personal care products on February 11th and 12th (see Community Spotlight for details).

If 2022 was a year of renewal, then let 2023 be the year of resolve as we continue to work together to preserve our past, protect our present and plan with renewed hope for the future.

A Special Thanks

The Marshallton Conservation Trust would like to extend our sincerest gratitude to our outgoing Board Members, Megan Horstmann, Kelly Jurs, and Laura Shannon. Megan, who assisted her husband Stephen in running his graphics design business while raising a family of four children, joined our organization in 2017 and has been a critical member of both our Events and Fundraising Committees as a thoughtful and steadying force. Kelly is a practicing attorney with Gawthrop Greenwood, PC in West Chester, and has served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Chester County Law Association and the Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce. Kelly most recently served as the Secretary of the Marshallton Conservation Trust and was the force behind the creation of the Village's Little Free Library and focused much of her attention on the work of our History Committee. Laura, a former IBM executive and owner of Heather Hill Farm, helped our organization in the areas of strategic planning, web design and communications. She has also been an avid supporter of our open space efforts and has never been one to be shy about expressing her heartfelt views on any issues being considered.

We are very grateful for all that Megan, Kelly and Laura have done for the Marshallton Conservation Trust throughout the years and will miss them greatly.

Pictured from Left to Right: Megan Horstmann, Kelly Jurs, Laura Shannon

Community Spotlight:

Valentine's Day Food Drive

Join the Marshallton Conservation Trust and The Goddard School in Marshallton to share the love this February with a donation to our Valentine's Day Food Drive to benefit the West Chester Food Cupboard. For a list of items of greatest need, please visit the Events page on our website. To make a financial contribution to the West Chester Food Cupboard as part of this effort, visit and click on Donate Now. Please type the word “Love" in the Special Instructions section so that we can keep track of the donations and report back to you. Thank you!

Conservation Update: Fenimore Property

The Marshallton Conservation Trust has proudly endorsed the conservation easement of 57+ acres of horse pasture and woodlands near the Village of Marshallton on the former Richard Fenimore property. Working in collaboration with our partners in preservation, Brandywine Conservancy and the West Bradford Township, this property supports a wide diversity of natural resources including steep slopes, open fields, more than 520 feet of frontage on Broad Run with associated floodplain, mature and young woodlands, Prime Farmland Soils and Soils of Statewide Importance. This wonderful property will continue to provide public views of the property from Beacon Hill and Broad Run Roads, and protect the natural resources from development.

Learn more about the Marshallton Conservation Trust's conservation efforts by clicking on the button below.


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