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Posted on: February 24, 2023

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 Wayne, 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.

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