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The Return of the Marshalton Triathlon

Updated: Sep 28, 2022

After a two-year hiatus, MCT and the Marshalton Triathlon Festival, a subsidiary of MCT, are pleased to announce the return of the Marshalton Triathlon on October 2, 2022. This year’s Triathlon will pay tribute to the 300th anniversary of the birth of Humphry Marshall, the namesake of the village. The race course will include three notable sites along its route associated with the life of Humphry Marshall–his birthplace (Derbydown), the home he built in Marshallton which is a national historic site, and his burial site in the Bradford Friends Meeting cemetery.

First run in 1973, the Marshalton Triathlon is considered one of the longest-running triathlons in the country. Community members, families, and teams from Chester County and beyond gather in the village of Marshallton to pedal, paddle, and pace through the scenic and historic 10-mile route to help raise funds for the Triathlon’s two beneficiaries–West Bradford Fire Company and MCT. In the past, we have attracted between 1,500 and 2,000 participants to this event.

This year, in honor of Humphry Marshall’s important legacy, MCT will designate any proceeds that it receives from the Triathlon to help fund the creation of the new Humphry Marshall Memorial Garden. The Memorial Garden will be located at the new nearby Embreeville Park, working in collaboration with West Bradford Township. The Humphry Marshall Memorial Garden will replicate, to the extent possible, the variety of plantings and tree selections as existed in Humphry Marshall’s original botanic garden located at his home in Marshallton. As a living example of the historically significant botanical work done by Humphry Marshall, the Memorial Garden will help to preserve and promote the rich history that makes our Village so unique.


Sharing the Love With Our Community

Once again, our special community has come together to share the love with our neighbors in need. Together with The Goddard School, we collected 903 pounds of food and staples, plus more than $1,000 in cash and gift cards–including a donation from MCT–to support the West Chester Food Cupboard.

Thank you to everyone that contributed to making our Valentine's Day Food Drive a success!


Save the Date: Memorial Day Parade

The Marshallton Conservation Trust is happy to announce that it plans to resume the customary Marshallton Memorial Day Parade and Events to be held on Sunday, May 29th, beginning at 1:30pm. This wonderful community event honors the men and women who have served, those who continue to serve, and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation.

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Partners in Conservation: West Bradford Township

In April of 2021, West Bradford Township acquired 108 acres of land located on Groundhog College Road off Route 162 from HogLen LLC to secure its preservation. The Township subsequently placed this land under conservation easement with the Brandywine Conservancy. MCT would like to thank West Bradford and applaud these actions. We have pledged a modest financial contribution to assist in the funding of the endowment created to maintain this easement.

More recently, the Township divided the property into 2 parcels, one of approximately 35 acres and the other about 75 acres, and put them up for sale. Neither of these parcels can be subdivided and would be purchased subject to the easements. The 35-acre parcel has just been accepted for sale, and significantly, at a profit. This is wonderful news as it provides proceeds that can be recirculated and used for other preservation transactions in the future. Thank you, West Bradford Township, for your dedication to preserving open space in our community!


It Takes a Village

As we face the increased challenges to our community–the effect of an increasing number of weather events on our local roads and bridges as well as the threat of development to iconic farms like Tarad Hill–we know that we cannot do it alone and are grateful for your continued support. We have a very special community and together we will continue to work toward enhancing the quality of life of our village and beyond for generations to come. Together we can preserve the past, protect the present, and plan for the future.


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