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The Morris Griffith House: Welsh, But Not Awkwardly Spelled


This house on the Main Line has a story, and suggests, in its briefest outlines, what life was like for early Welsh settlers on the Welsh Tract. The land at 7 Farmhouse Lane was the first parcel of several farms sold by William Penn in 1682 to a group of Welsh Quakers. These are the people responsible for endless spellcheck fails: Bala Cynwyd, Gwynedd, Bryn Mawr and Tredyffrin (Radnor, Haverford and Merion are also Welsh names, but much easier to manage). The Morris Griffith House was built in 1722 by ... Morris Griffith, a prominent figure in Chester County. He was one of the people involved in completing the construction of St. Peter's Church in Great Valley, which plays a central role in the development of the Welsh community as well as a possible role in the revolutionary war.

But do you want to live there? Well, that's up to you. Here are the deets:

Size: Four bedrooms, three and a half baths, 3,371 square feet
Outdoors: 2.52 acres with pond, fountains, terraces and fenced rear yard
Parking: Two-car garage with heated office
Horsey-set bonus: Chester County Bank Barn "with huge potential."
Price: $879,000
· Listing: 7 Farmhouse Lane, Malvern [Northpoint]