Interesting Books on Local History

King Ranch

Catalyst for Conservation: 

The Brandywine Conservancy's Success in Saving King Ranch Lands.

​The landmark endeavor by the Brandywine Conservancy to protect the more than 5,000 acres of critical farm and forest land of the former King Ranch property in Pennsylvania and its valuable water resources that feed the Brandywine watershed is chronicled in the new book.

Available through:
​Brandywine River Museum Shop and online at

The King Ranch by Tom Lea (1957)

​Two volumes of the most comprehensive history of the world famous 

King Ranch in Texas.

Bob & Helen Kleberg of King Ranch

Available through:

Foxhunting Impact Area

A Lady Blows a Horn

The colorful story of Nancy Penn Smith Hannum, as told to author Nancy Mohr, is the legacy of Mr. Stewart’s Cheshire Foxhounds and the Lady Master.  Perhaps more importantly, this is a narrative of the open space preservation movement started in Pennsylvania’s Chester County.  Many of the farms, woodlots and natural areas mentioned in the book are thanks for Mrs. Hannum and her neighbors’ tireless efforts for preserving the cherished resources. The hunt country was a treasure ready to preserve – or vanish.

These preservation efforts ultimately served as a basis of "Landscapes2," the County's award-winning growth and preservation plan. This revealing narrative deserves reading and re-reading. It is legend -- for the benefit of generations to come.
Available through:
Nancy & John Mohr at or
​call 610-347-1614

Mr. Stewart’s Cheshire Foxhounds
A Memoir of Seasons 2004-2009

​The book is dedicated to Mrs. John B. Hannum who was MFH for over 50 years. It covers the foxhunting season at the Cheshire Hunt from 2004-2009.

Available through: 
Kathleen Crompton at

Additional ​Reading

Along the Octorara

Chester County


Kennett Square

​Southern Chester County in Vintage Postcards

(The above are from The Images of America series by Arcadia Publishing chronicles the history of small towns and downtowns across the country, including our area.  Each title features more than 200 vintage images.)

St. Malachi's of Doe Run
Kathleen Hood, Author

Welcome to Unionville and Cheshire Hunt Country

An original copy is available at John Goodall's Brandywine

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