Foxwood Estate Offers Glimpse of Mid-Century Country Life

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Seldom does one get to visit a country estate in Delaware, an estate in the true sense, a place where the land dwarfs the manor house.

Foxwood farm in Chateau Country—even those who once lived here don’t know the origin of its name—could be a dictionary illustration for the classic estate. The 178-acre site, long a working farm, straddles the state line, stretching into Kennett Township at points.

The main entrance is a discreet, narrow drive partially concealed by trees at a bend in the road. Stately oaks line the lane as it curves up to the secluded house. With its mature shrubbery and quarry stone exterior, the 80-year-old house offers a sense of tranquility.

The home has been vacant since the recent passing of its owner, but it still conveys a sense of luxury, comfort and pride. It could use some paint and waxing, but even without the Oriental carpets and furnishings—images of which remain in family photos—it’s obvious the house has great bones. 

These family photos show how the house could easily showcase
contemporary furnishings and family heirlooms.

The five-bedroom, five-bath main house was built at a time when people had an eye for detail, including wide-planked floors and stone fireplaces. The floors and walls are solid. The house offers expansive views and an opportunity for comfortable entertaining. It could easily showcase contemporary furnishings and family heirlooms.

The main dwelling includes an attached greenhouse, a stone guest cottage and seclusion. Think rolling hills, boxwood and Kousa dogwood trees.

Surviving family members delight in sharing the glory of Foxwood.

In the mid-20th century this estate was home to a loving and vibrant family of six, one says. The father, an attorney, and the mother, an artist, “were active and interesting people,” she says. The couple enjoyed traveling, lifelong learning and entertaining, and they were respected as influential, active members of the community.

Both parents were gardeners; on his passing, the father’s bonsai were donated to Longwood Gardens. “This was his domain,” she says, standing inside the greenhouse. “The orchids came later.”

He was also a renowned connoisseur, a leading member of the La Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin, an international organization whose mission is to promote quality wines through elaborate dinners.

The house offers many spaces for entertaining and relaxing.

“When he was a member, it was mostly an all-men group, but later on she was inducted into the Chevaliers after she presented an amazing dinner party,” she says. Their connection to the club led to many travels and adventures.

The lady of the house was known for her many artistic endeavors. She designed more than 400 needlepoint kneelers for Christ Episcopal Church in Greenville. The images and history of those sacred designs were cataloged in a book titled “Needlepoint Kneelers.”

Another book, “Captured Light,” details her Lucite sculptures. She painted in acrylics, and she also designed and hooked a rug that depicts the history of the du Pont family. It is part of the collection at Hagley Museum.

She also designed and illustrated a cookbook of her favorite family recipes and took up knitting at age 93 to delay the onset of arthritis in her hands. “She was in the last years of her life and had health problems, but she tried new things.”

The couple were proud of their four children, but only the youngest spent much time at Foxwood. When the family moved in, the older children were away at boarding schools.

The 178-acre site, long a working farm, straddles the state line, stretching into Kennett Township at points

The home and its surroundings elicit fond memories of a bucolic childhood. “This is where I learned to fish,” she says, pointing to a pond within a stone’s throw of the main house. An adjacent residence was occupied by a caretaker couple who shared their talents and love of the land with the family.

Early on, a portion of the acreage was under cultivation. The farmer’s love for his beagles was captured in a black-and-white photo that remains in the family’s archives. Elsewhere on the estate, tenant farmers raised Black Angus cattle, sheep, pigeons and fresh produce.

A step out through the back door reveals another of the lady’s legacies: expansive stands of Kousa dogwoods. When in full bloom, the white flowers look as though billowing clouds landed, providing brilliant contrast to the sap green meadows. Also known as Japanese dogwood, the trees provide beauty year-round. When the white blossoms fade, the leaves turn crimson in the fall.

“She was the Johnny Appleseed of dogwoods, and she gave saplings to everybody,” recalls the family member, providing a detailed image of how a carefully potted tree was presented on special occasions.

Nearby are a swimming pool, fountains and boxwood gardens. They, too, need a bit of care, but they are solid and sturdy.

Way behind the house—close enough to see from the dining table but far enough away for privacy—is the stone barn-studio. Built in 1965, it was a sanctuary for the artist. She designed its open space with room for a small seating area and fireplace. No phone lines were ever installed. The artist sought peace, quiet and lack of interruption there.

Then there is the view. More than 65 acres of the estate are wooded, so the vista from the studio offers a horizon created by rolling hills and woods that turn gold each fall.

Though the surviving family member is proud, she is also modest. The former owner’s obituary details active community service that benefited the former Children’s Home in Clayton, the Children’s Bureau of Delaware and Winterthur Museum. She also chaired a committee that designed the du Pont Family Chapel.

Her works are still represented in numerous private and permanent collections. “She said this was the most beautiful view in the world.”

As someone who traveled extensively and possessed an artist’s sensibilities, she knew what she was talking about.

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For the month of February, get a full set of Lashes at Premier Spa and Laser Center for just $199.

Cost: $199

Where:
Premier Spa & Laser Center
537 Stanton Christiana Rd #210
Newark, DE  19713
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CCArts Winter class registrations are open   The Center for the Creative Arts presents its Winter 2019 class and workshop offerings. With over 50 classes and workshops there is...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
410 Upper Snuff Mill Row
410 Upper Snuff Mill Row
Hockessin, DE  19736
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Telephone: 302-239-2434
Contact Name: Nicole Schmid
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An eclectic mix of paintings featuring Ed Bronstein oils of Philadelphia neighborhoods and cityscapes,​ plein air scenes from Kennett Square and surrounding areas by Dan Chow, mixed media...

Cost: free

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville , DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-654-8638
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IN BETWEEN THEREShelley Thorstensen November 24, 2018 - March 17, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, December 7 | 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop For her first solo exhibition in Delaware,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 130-265-66466

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A SENSE OF PLACE 47°-80° N Bethany Springer January 16 - May 12, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, February 1, 2019 | 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop A Sense of Place 47° - 80°...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 130-265-66466
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Two-time Delaware Division of the Arts Fellowship recipient Ellen Durkan of Iron Maiden Forge, who is both a graduate of and an instructor at Delaware College of Art and Design, will present a solo...

Cost: Free

Where:
Delaware College of Art and Design
600 N Market. St
Wilmington , DE  19801
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Sponsor: Delaware College of Art and Design
Telephone: 302-983-5710
Contact Name: Susan Coulby

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GARLAND OF SUCHNESS Karoline Wileczek February 1 - 24, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, February 1, 2019 | 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop Karoline Wileczek's grid pattern work functions...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 130-265-66466
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NEW HEIGHTS Erica Loustau  January 11 - December 11, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, January 11, 2019  7 - 9 PM Seeking to engage the unused space of our atrium lobby, artist...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 130-265-66466
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Glory of Stories introduces young visitors to art and the Museum through a story reading followed by an interactive tour of relevant works of art and a studio art project. This program encourages...

Cost: Free to Members, $5 per child and one adult free for Non-Members

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Glory of Stories introduces young visitors to art and the Museum through discovery, exploration, and hands-on experiences.Ages 2 and up. Visit delart.org for list of books. ...

Cost: Free to Members, $5 per child and one adult free for Non-Members.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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HALF : HALF A Draper Experiment by Willie Yao January 4 -  February 24, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, February 1 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop The Delaware Contemporary...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 130-265-66466

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Celebrity home design experts, more than 200 exhibitors, breathtaking gardens, smart home technology, and the “ultimate” backyard are just a few highlights of the 2019 Philly Home and...

Cost: $8

Where:
The Greater Philadelphia Expo Center at Oaks
100 Station Avenue
Oaks, PA  19456
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Sponsor: Philly Home & Garden Show
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Schedule a private group tour followed by lunch or dinner with a historic, revolutionary war era presentation.* Ideal for conferences, corporate meetings, special interest groups. $25 per...

Cost: $25–$45

Where:
The University and Whist Club
805 N Broom St
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Sponsor: The University and Whist Club
Telephone: 302-658-5125
Contact Name: Stacey Inglis
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ORIGINS Rick Rothrock & Stan Smokler January 8 - April 22, 2019 Special Reception: Friday, January 11, 2019  5:30 - 7:30 PM Artist Talk | 6:30 PM The Delaware Contemporary...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 130-265-66466

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(Free overnight room included for first 10 reservations! Discounted room available for all others.) On Friday February 15th at 7PM, grab your significant other and a glass of champagne while you...

Cost: 79.00

Where:
Hilton Wilmington/Christiana
100 Continental Dr.
Newark, DE  19713
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​The University of Delaware Opera Theatre presents Stephen Sondheim's Tony Award-winning classic A Little Night Music, featuring the hit song Send in the Clowns.  Tickets are $15...

Cost: 5-15

Where:
Loudis Recital Hall
Amy E. du Pont Music Building
100 Orchard Road
Newark, DE  19716
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Sponsor: University of Delaware Department of Music
Telephone: 302-831-2577
Contact Name: Megan Everhart
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For the month of February, get a full set of Lashes at Premier Spa and Laser Center for just $199.

Cost: $199

Where:
Premier Spa & Laser Center
537 Stanton Christiana Rd #210
Newark, DE  19713
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An eclectic mix of paintings featuring Ed Bronstein oils of Philadelphia neighborhoods and cityscapes,​ plein air scenes from Kennett Square and surrounding areas by Dan Chow, mixed media...

Cost: free

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville , DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-654-8638
Website »

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CCArts Winter class registrations are open   The Center for the Creative Arts presents its Winter 2019 class and workshop offerings. With over 50 classes and workshops there is...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
410 Upper Snuff Mill Row
410 Upper Snuff Mill Row
Hockessin, DE  19736
View map »


Telephone: 302-239-2434
Contact Name: Nicole Schmid
Website »

More information

NEW HEIGHTS Erica Loustau  January 11 - December 11, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, January 11, 2019  7 - 9 PM Seeking to engage the unused space of our atrium lobby, artist...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Telephone: 130-265-66466
Website »

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IN BETWEEN THEREShelley Thorstensen November 24, 2018 - March 17, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, December 7 | 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop For her first solo exhibition in Delaware,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Telephone: 130-265-66466

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A SENSE OF PLACE 47°-80° N Bethany Springer January 16 - May 12, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, February 1, 2019 | 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop A Sense of Place 47° - 80°...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Telephone: 130-265-66466
Website »

More information

Two-time Delaware Division of the Arts Fellowship recipient Ellen Durkan of Iron Maiden Forge, who is both a graduate of and an instructor at Delaware College of Art and Design, will present a solo...

Cost: Free

Where:
Delaware College of Art and Design
600 N Market. St
Wilmington , DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: Delaware College of Art and Design
Telephone: 302-983-5710
Contact Name: Susan Coulby

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GARLAND OF SUCHNESS Karoline Wileczek February 1 - 24, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, February 1, 2019 | 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop Karoline Wileczek's grid pattern work functions...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Telephone: 130-265-66466
Website »

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Schedule a private group tour followed by lunch or dinner with a historic, revolutionary war era presentation.* Ideal for conferences, corporate meetings, special interest groups. $25 per...

Cost: $25–$45

Where:
The University and Whist Club
805 N Broom St
Wilmington, DE  19806
View map »


Sponsor: The University and Whist Club
Telephone: 302-658-5125
Contact Name: Stacey Inglis
Website »

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Celebrity home design experts, more than 200 exhibitors, breathtaking gardens, smart home technology, and the “ultimate” backyard are just a few highlights of the 2019 Philly Home and...

Cost: $8

Where:
The Greater Philadelphia Expo Center at Oaks
100 Station Avenue
Oaks, PA  19456
View map »


Sponsor: Philly Home & Garden Show
Website »

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HALF : HALF A Draper Experiment by Willie Yao January 4 -  February 24, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, February 1 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop The Delaware Contemporary...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Telephone: 130-265-66466

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ORIGINS Rick Rothrock & Stan Smokler January 8 - April 22, 2019 Special Reception: Friday, January 11, 2019  5:30 - 7:30 PM Artist Talk | 6:30 PM The Delaware Contemporary...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 130-265-66466

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JOIN US THIS FEBRUARY TO FIND A CURE FOR NF 40 cities and 14,000 undie runners will come together to support those affected by NF, a genetic disorder that causes tumors to grow on nerves...

Cost: $35

Where:
The Queen
500 N. Market St.
Wilmington, DE  19801
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The Sweetheart Ball will be hosted on Saturday, February 16 from 6:30 pm – 11:30 pm at the Waterfall Banquet & Conference Center on Philadelphia Pike in Wilmington, Delaware.  The...

Cost: $125 per ticket includes $25.00 in Casino Chips

Where:
The Waterfall
3416 Philadelphia Pike
Claymont , DE  19703
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Sponsor: Tender Hearts, Inc
Telephone: 302-598-0136
Contact Name: Bernard Doherty
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Join Chef Billy Rawstrom of Maiale Deli and the Trauma Survivors Foundation for an evening of BBQ and Bourbon on Saturday, February 16th at 7:00 PM 🍖🥃Enjoy a 5 Course Tasting BBQ Dinner...

Cost: $80.00 Per Person

Where:
Maiale Deli & Salumeria
3301 Lancaster Pike
Wilmington, DE  19805
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Sponsor: Maiale Deli & The Trauma Survivors Foundation
Telephone: 302-377-8949
Contact Name: Heather Cox
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The Rocky Horror Picture Show This interactive movie experience combines film and live performers. The cult-classic is a humorous tribute to the science fiction and horror B movies of the late...

Cost: 9

Where:
Theatre N
235 W. 10th St
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Frankie's Midnight Runners
Telephone: 302-571-4075
Contact Name: Richard
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For the month of February, get a full set of Lashes at Premier Spa and Laser Center for just $199.

Cost: $199

Where:
Premier Spa & Laser Center
537 Stanton Christiana Rd #210
Newark, DE  19713
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