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Historic House Restoration Project: Duportail House

Posted by Nolan Painting on October 17, 2014

At Nolan Painting, we strongly believe in supporting our community through events, collaborations and outreach programs. This commitment to a greater cause is what draws our company to work side-by-side with area organizations such as Duportail House.

It is our distinct honor to share with you that Nolan Painting has been selected as a partner in the latest restoration project scheduled at the Duportail House this spring.  We are excited to be able to donate our services to this impressive restoration project which will include interior repair and paint for the bridal room and bath.

We invite you to take a journey with us through the next several months and learn more about this noteworthy home, our experiences working with historic properties, and of course the final unveil.  Follow us as we work hand in hand with some amazing supporters.  We’ll see you this January when the project kicks off.

About the Duportail House

Nestled amongst the trees on a wistful plot of land is a charming stone farmhouse built on the ideals of our founding fathers.  With Valley Forge National Historic Park serving as a monumental backdrop, the Duportail House is a reminder to all that America’s rich history radiates from the seamless craftsmanship hidden in the walls of this gorgeous home.

In 1740, John Harvard, Jr., a Welsh Quaker, built the home and played host to a guest by the name of General Louis Lebègue Duportail.  General Duportail was recruited to serve as the army’s chief engineer by Benjamin Franklin. His service was instrumental in designing fortification at Valley Forge that would enable Washington’s troops to hold off attacks from nearby British soldiers.  For over 250 years, the Duportail House has stood as a testament of a time past, but never forgotten.

The land and its buildings have been purchased and sold only a handful of times by well-respected individuals and a distinguished University. It was eventually left to the care of a non-profit organization that continues to manage the property today.  The dedicated supporters, partners and volunteers are ingenious in their efforts to continue to preserve this historic home.

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