Plum Run Preserve



The Plum Run Preserve will soon total 50 acres of land traversing portions of the Plum Run creek valley located in the southern section of the Township. A paved, multi-use trail is planned to connect the West Chester University campus’ Robert B. Gordon Natural Area to the historic Strode’s Barn which will become the site of an outdoor heritage center that includes educational interpretation on the history of the Strode’s Mill Historic District and its relation to early American industry and the Battle of the Brandywine. Limited public parking will be available at parking lots planned for Tigue Road and Lenape Road. The Plum Run Master Plan (2019) details the planned passive recreation uses of the property along with the Township’s vision for stewarding the natural and historic resources of the Preserve.


The Plum Run Preserve enhancement will occur in stages and is currently underway. Toll Brothers, Inc. is in the process of installing portions of the paved trail and a parking lot on Tigue Road. This work is taking place simultaneously with the development of the Darlington Ridge community. Also underway is a significant stream restoration project, being led by the Brandywine Red Clay Alliance, that will result in the revitalization of 4,000 feet of the Plum Run creek and floodplain. The Township, with the assistance of grant funding provided through the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission and the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, will begin engineering and design of additional portions of the paved trail and the outdoor heritage center in 2020, with construction not expected to begin before 2022. If you have questions about this project or the Plum Run Master Plan, please contact Rich Phifer at or (610) 436-5108 x108.


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