This is the website of the Barclay Grounds Preservation Alliance, a group of volunteers whose mission is to preserve the beautiful, historic and ecologically important Barclay Grounds for the enjoyment of current residents and visitors – and for future generations.
This property was previously known as the Joshua Hartshorne Estate and is the only one of West Chester’s 19th century estates that has not been sub-divided and built on. This property is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The “park-like grounds”, which are home to “one of the finest collections of specimen trees in West Chester”, were recently sub-divided into four lots and are being sold off as residential building lots.
In the same Borough Council meeting in which the developers received development permission for the property, however, the Council voted to instruct the Borough solicitor to prepare an ordinance to obtain the property by negotiation or condemnation. This ordinance will be given a public hearing and then voted on during a Special Meeting of the Borough Council on December 4th 2013.