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About Myrick Center

The H.E. Myrick Conservation Center is the headquarters of the Brandywine Valley Association.  The 318 acre center is located in Pocopson Township along Route 842, six miles west of West Chester and three miles east of Unionville.  The center began in 1981 as a gift from Horatio Myrick.  The center was then 212 acres which included farmland, woodland, wetland and meadows.  Since moving to the center in 1981, BVA has acquired an additional 114 acres bringing the center to its present size.  The center is the site of BVAs offices and also the location of its watershed education programs.  In addition, the center is the site of many public programs throughout the year.   

The property contains a Quaker Barn which dates to the early 1800s and contains several additions since the original building.  It also has a wood silo from the early 1900s, the only such silo remaining intact in Chester County.  Also on the property is a springhouse dating to the Revolutionary War period and a white oak tree dating to the time of William Penn in the late 1600s.

Presently much of the farm is used for agriculture under a conservation plan developed in 1981.  Crops include corn, soybeans, wheat, alfalfa, and hay.  The small streams which begin on the property are being protected with tree plantings to reduce overland runoff and filter out contaminants. 

The Myrick Center contains trails for walking and horseback riding as well as areas for picnicking, bird watching and enjoying the natural environment.  Programs take place at the Myrick Center throughout the year and are listed on the website as well as the bulletin board at the Center. 

The Myrick Center is private property and is open to the public during daylight hours. 


 

 

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