Patterson Agriculture & Heritage Center - To Preserve Heritage, Agriculture, Nature.
Patterson Agriculture & Heritage Center - To Preserve Heritage, Agriculture, Nature.
What's wrong with the Master Plan concept Lower Makefield is considering for Patterson Farm?
IT'S NOT SUPPORTIVE OF AGRICULTURE. Thus far, the proposed concept does NOT allow for farmers to use the farmhouses and agricultural outbuildings EVER again.
The ill-conceived notion to remove the agricultural structures from farm use FOREVER will be effective in ending agriculture on one of Pennsylvania's most important agricultural assets.
The proposed concept does NOT protect the 38 prime-farmland acres that still remain vulnerable to conversion, farmland citizens VOTED to preserve. A farm is more than just vacant land. A viable farm requires contributory structures.
Any Master Plan for Patterson Farm that does NOT include the thoughtfully planned succession of agriculture is wrong for this and future generations. We advocate for responsible stewardship for Patterson FARM.
Please support Patterson Agriculture & Heritage Center for a sustainable future for the farm. See below for ways YOU can HELP.
Our friends at Cat'sMeowVillage have created a beautiful miniature replica of historic Satterthwaite House, c. 1730's. Get yours for a minimum donation of $25.00. Proceeds fund preservation efforts. Quantities are limited for holiday delivery.
Patterson Farm is a National Register eligible historic site. The volunteers of Patterson Farm Preservation, Inc. have a plan for restoration and management to return the beloved Satterthwaite House to its former beauty. We will open it to the public as Patterson Agriculture and Heritage Center, the home of Patterson Farm Preservation, Inc. BUT WE MUST CONVINCE THE GOVERNING BODY OF LOWER MAKEFIELD TO ALLOW SATTERTHWAITE TO BE SAVED AND RESTORED.
We advocate responsible stewardship of Patterson FARM, for this and future generations. Join us! Help plan for the 350th anniversary of the founding of Patterson Farm. Your gift to Patterson Farm Preservation, Inc. 501c3 nonprofit is tax deductible.
Your donation will help us to continue our mission of supporting the irreplaceable Patterson Farm. Every dollar counts and will make a difference as we advocate responsible solutions for sustainable agriculture, preservation of Quaker heritage, and protection of sensitive wildlife habitat, benefitting this and future generations.
Join our team of volunteers and make a difference in your community. Whether you can give a few hours a week or a few hours a month, your time and skills are appreciated.
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We're always looking for new partners to collaborate with on projects and events. If your organization shares our values and mission, let's work together to make a positive impact.
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WHO WE ARE:
Patterson Farm Preservation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization advocating a sustainable future for Patterson FARM. We are the ONLY 501(c)3 organization formed to preserve and restore Patterson Farm.
Our proposed Patterson Agriculture & Heritage Center will be home to our not-for-profit organization and will breathe new life into Satterthwaite House, vacant since 2005. We'll assist Lower Makefield Township with fundraising for restoration and perpetual stewardship of Patterson Farm and offer educational programs to foster appreciation of agriculture, history, and natural areas.
TAKE ACTION TO SAVE PATTERSON FARM:
TOGETHER we can save our community FARM! For this and future generations.
ABOUT PATTERSON FARM:
In the 16th & 17th centuries the lands we know as Bucks County, PA were called Lenapehoking, 'homelands of the Lenape.' The Patterson Farm property was settled in 1683 by Quaker preacher Thomas Janney, a member of William Penn's Provincial Council.
Patterson Farm is named for the last farmers who owned the land, Thomas and Alice Patterson. At slightly over 200 acres remaining, it is one of the last commercial vegetable farms bordering Interstate 295 in the Northeast Corridor.
The farms' soils are graded "Soils of Statewide Importance" and "Prime Farmland" by the United States Department of Agriculture. Its' buildings are eligible for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places. Conservation easements protect a portion of the land, but about 38 acres and all of the farms' historic homes and structures are NOT protected.
Patterson Farm is listed on Preservation Pennsylvania's At Risk List.
Patterson Farm is owned by the Township of Lower Makefield following an Eminent Domain taking in 1998, for which the township paid $7.2M for the 234-acre farm.
The agricultural lands of Patterson Farm are currently under lease to 5th generation family farmers who offer a CSA share program.
Two of the farm structures are tenant occupied. For more information about Patterson Farm, visit our History page.
Order your Satterthwaite House note cards and watercolor prints for framing today. A portion of proceeds will be donated to further preservation efforts. Click below to purchase from Artist Andrea Snyder of White Dog Art and Design. From $15. Prints available in three sizes. Thank you for your support. Andrea specializes in historic house paintings and is available to paint your own home.
Your signature tells Lower Makefield Supervisors that Patterson Farm and locally grown food matter!
Over 7,500 "Friends" are calling for responsible stewardship of Patterson Farm. Click below to add your name.
Patterson Farm in Bucks County, Pennsylvania has been called "The Gateway To Lower Makefield" because its majestic farm views captivate visitors to the area. The historic farm was obtained by Lower Makefield Township in 1998 from farmers Thomas & Alice Patterson. Sadly, since that time the farm that once showed the farmers' caring stewardship and pride of ownership has fallen into disrepair. A portion of the land is preserved with conservation easements, but a number of farmed acres remain unprotected, as well as the land upon which all historic structures are situated. Preservation is critical to the survival of the farm.
Patterson Farm Preservation, Inc. is a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit volunteer organization formed by concerned citizens. Please support the effort to perpetually preserve Patterson Farm for present and future generations.
Patterson Farm is a National Register eligible property. Evidence of Native American habitation has been discovered here. Patterson Farm has produced food since its settlement in 1683 by Quaker immigrant Thomas Janney. Janney escaped religious persecution in England, sailed here with his family on the ship Endeavor, established a home, and served on William Penn's Provincial Council. Today, Patterson Farm is leased to local family farmers who market their crops at their farm store and donate a portion of the harvest to charity.
Patterson Farm Preservation, Inc. stands for preservation of agriculture, heritage, nature.
Photo credit: Brian Wagner Photography
Historic Satterthwaite House on Patterson Farm in fine condition when it was under the caring stewardship of Thomas & Alice Patterson.
Photo by O. Cooper Winston.
Satterthwaite House after neglect by Lower Makefield Township.
Patterson Farm Preservation, Inc. proposes to restore Satterthwaite and complete its listing on the National Register of Historic places.
Proposed uses will promote appreciation of the farms' agriculture, distinctive heritage and natural habitat.
Patterson Farm Preservation is a 501(c)3 not for profit organization formed by caring nei
Bucks County, PA and the surrounding area is known for its historic sites and the preservationists who care for them. Let's bring our abilities and passions together to affect real change. Whether you're a professional restorer or an armchair history enthusiast, our combined talents will #SaveOurSatterthwaite house and restore Patterson Farm. Join us!
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