Historical Commission

Meetings

  • 7:00 PM
  • 2nd Wednesday of every month

Agendas and Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings.
Minutes are available following approval.

Contacts

About

The Historical Commission serves in an advisory capacity for historical preservation information facilitation to citizens of the Township. Its purposes include:

  • Identifying significant architectural, historical, and natural sites in the Township.
  • Maintaining a detailed inventory and map(s) of those resources.
  • Creating an awareness of the history of the Township.
  • When requested, cooperate with, and advise the Board of Supervisors, the Township Planning Commission, and all Township officials and agencies in relation to the rehabilitation, preservation, adaptive reuse, and restorations of significant historical structures and sites.
  • When requested, cooperate with Township officials regarding possible acquisition and use of significant historic structures and sites.

Image of Historic Waynesborough at 2049 Waynesborough Road, Paoli.

History Matters:  
The Stately Wayne Manor

Easttown Township is home to a National Historic Landmark - Major General "Mad" Anthony Wayne's home, Historic Waynesborough, owned by Easttown Township and administered by the Philadelphia Society for the preservation of Landmarks.  The property was purchased by Captain Anthony Wayne, the grandfather of the famous general, in 1724, and was home to seven generations of the Wayne family until 1965.  Batman or "Bruce Wayne" in real 'comic book' life is descended from Anthony Wane, and while other mansions are depicted in the movies, Waynesborough is the "Stately Wayne Manor" of Batman lore.

The central block was built around 1765 by Isaac Wayne, Anthony Wayne's father.  Around 1810, the general's son, Isaac, added a kitchen on the East side of the house.  Around 1866, the East wing was raised to two stories by the general's great grandson.  In 1902, that wing was further extended by the general's great-great grandson, William Wayne, II.

In 1965, the last Wayne descendant living at Waynesborough sold the estate to a man whose wife was a collateral Wayne descendant.  In 1980, after extensive restoration, they sought a buyer to ensure its preservation and history.  Local residents and businesses, along with Easttown Township, raised funds to purchase Waynesborough to open it to the public as an historic house museum.  It is listed on the National register of Historic Places.

Historic Waynesborough is located at 2049 Waynesborough Road in Paoli, and is open for tours Thursday-Sunday 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM.

Members (Three-Year Term) Term Expires
Anna M. Sicalides, Chair December 31, 2022
Palmer A. Dalesandro, Jr., Vice Chair
December 31, 2022
Stacey K. Rohrbeck, Secretary December 31, 2022
William F. Friedrich
December 31, 2023
Kathleen J. Weiss December 31, 2023
Joyce L. DeYoung December 31, 2024
Richard R. P. Di Stefano December 31, 2024