Who would expect that a humble little ladder back wooden chair would garner so much attention. Well, dress it up in a coat of shiny red paint, place it in a scenic surrounding, get a bunch of innkeepers across the country involved and you have an amazing year long journey. Thanks to the innkeepers at bed and breakfasts and inns across America, the humble little chair has become a celebrity. Part of a consciousness raising experiment among innkeepers, we were honored to host the little chair at Hamanassett Bed & Breakfast the week of August 10-13, 2013 in Chester Heights, Pa. Chester Heights is only 17 miles southwest of Philadelphia, the “Cradle of Liberty”. This humble little chair helps demonstrate what our country stands for. From humble origins you can rise to great heights through tenacity and the brotherhood of others, in this case fantastic innkeepers.
The little chair’s travels began in New England in the winter of 2012 when innkkeeper Beth Colt of Woods Hole Inn photographed it sitting on the ice behind her house. To learn more about the inspiration and the total journey past and follow its future trips as it makes it way to the west coast, check out their web site at http://www.redchairtravels.com. You’ll see wonderful pictures there in addition to the ones I’ve shown here. You can also go their Face Book page (Red Chair Travels) to keep track of the little chair’s progress.
During our brief 2 days with the chair, it made its way to the Brandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford, Pa., The Historic Colonial Plantation in Delaware County, Pa., and the tree houses at Tyler Arboretum in Media, Pa. The first three pictures below (after the photo of the entrance to Hamanassett Bed & Breakfast) were all taken at the Brandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford, Pa. The Museum houses 3 generations of Wyeths (N.C., Andrew and Jamie). These bronzes are all based on Jamie’s paintings. The museum is 6 miles from Hamanassett Bed & Breakfast. The next 3 pictures were taken at the tree houses at Tyler Arboretum (www.tylerarboretum.org) located in Media, Pa. It is one of the oldest and most impressive arboretums in the U.S. It has 650 acres and hiking trails that stretch for 17 miles. The final two pictures were taken at the Colonial Plantation in Media, Pa. The Colonial Plantation is located within Ridley Creek State Park, a short 10 minute drive from Hamanassett. It is a working farm that teaches how people lived in the 18th century. Throughout the year you may find reenactments, living history displays, and see live farm animals. For more information about the plantation, http://www.colonialplantation.org.
Our thanks to Tore Fiore, Executive Director of the Brandywine Country CVB for letting us borrow one of his photographers for the day. To learn more about the many attractions in our area, be sure to check out our web site at www.hamanassett.com/calendar.html