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The Joseph C. Davis Property Prepares to Enter a New Era in Chadds Ford

Featuring nearly three centuries of history, the multi-million-dollar Joseph C. Davis property is up for sale in Chadds Ford.

The Joseph C Davis property is listed for sale in Chadds Ford.
The Joseph C Davis property is listed for sale in Chadds Ford. Photo credit Ben Silver

Nearly 300 years of history fill the corridors and quaint rooms of the Joseph C. Davis property. From the pre-Revolutionary War era architecture to the paintings of the N.C. Wyeth family, the walls of this multi-million-dollar mansion have tales to tell.

Now, the property is on the market for an impressive $4,450,000 for anyone looking to add further years of history to the home. Previously owned by a small family who lived quietly in the village of Chadds Ford, they stewarded the house for decades before turning it over to the capable hands of the Megill brothers, Wayne and Scott, under Megill Holdings.

Megill Holdings was founded in 1969 by their parents, Wayne Sr. and Barbara. Today, the brothers are winners of dozens of Home Builder Association awards.

Regarding the Davis property, it’s clear from the current state of the house that few changes are necessary. In fact, the house, which dates back to 1801, was inhabited as recently as August 2023.

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“Somebody could move in there tomorrow,” Wayne Megill says of the state of the property.

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Sporting key features from every era of the property’s lifespan—antique fireplaces to rotary phones and chandeliers to modern kitchens and central air—the Joseph C. Davis property’s architecture echoes back to a finer era with refined touches of modernity.

All one needs to be transported back in time is to look northwards from the second and third floor windows upon the former Brandywine Battlefield, where a sprawling hill is topped by a massive sycamore tree, dominating the landscape.

This ancient Sycamore dominates the landscape.
This ancient sycamore dominates the landscape.

Even before that conflict, the Joseph C. Davis property was known as Chadds Tavern, an inn where guests and travelers would bed down for the night and perhaps receive a meal before their stay. This was before the property was expanded and more buildings were added.

In the home’s current iteration, it’s a delight for individuals and families who want to put down roots in the Main Line region. The Federal-style residence boasts six bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms, with 15 acres total to the grounds (an option for a three-acre compound at a lesser price is also available). Surrounding the main house are a pool, shed and carriage house/garage where it’s believed Wyeth created the illustrations for Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island.

The carriage house where it's thought N.C. Wyeth created the Treatsure Island illustrations.
The carriage house where it’s thought N.C. Wyeth created the Treasure Island illustrations.

Across the Northeast, Chadds Ford’s history is frequently boiled down to the Wyeth family and the Revolutionary War, and while the Joseph C Davis property did play a role in both those elements of America’s story, there is so much more history untold regarding both Chadds Ford and the building. 

The Joseph C. Davis property stands not just as a symbol of Brandywine history, but also as a microcosm of the village itself and the times it has experienced.

Find more information about the home and listing details here.

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