Resources

Books

Andrews, Jack.  Samuel Yellin, Metalworker.  Skipjack Press.  Ocean Pines, MD:  2000).  Samuel Yellin of Philadelphia is known as America’s first master ironworker and specialized in ornate gates and fences for America’s prominent families.

Ayres, William and Ann Barton Brown.  A Poor Sort of Heaven, A Good Sort of Earth, The Rose Valley Arts and Crafts Experiment.  Brandywine River Museum.  (Chadds Ford, PA:  1983).  This is the catalogue for the Museum’s exposition on Rose Valley.

Downing, A. J.  The Architecture of Country Houses, Designs for Cottages, Farm Houses, and Villas.  D. Appleton & Co.  (New York: 1850).  Downing is known as America’s first architect—and landscape designer, although much of his architectural writings were done in collaboration with Alexander Jackson Davis.

Enfield Pottery and Tile Works.  Price List of Floor and Wall Tiles.  (Enfield, PA: 1928).  Enfield Pottery was known for imaginative use of Aztec and Mayan designs and its use was frequently paired with Samuel Yellin ironwork.

Ham, Peter, Eleanore Price Mather, Judy Walton, Patricia Ward, editors.  A History of Rose Valley.  Borough of Rose Valley.  (Delaware County, PA: 1973).  This is the definitive history of early Rose Valley, written by some of its long-time residents.

Jekyll, Gertrude and Lawrence Weaver.  Gardens for Small Country Houses.  Country Life (London:  1912.  Revised Edition published with color pictures as Arts & Crafts Gardens.  Garden Art Press (Suffolk, UK:  1981).  Gertrude Jekyll is renown for her English gardens.

Kaplan, Wendy.  The Art that is Life:  The Arts & Crafts Movement in America, 1875-1920.  Little, Brown and Company.  (Boston: 1987).  This work explores several of the early Arts & Crafts communities in America, including that of Rose Valley.

Morris, William.  News from Nowhere or An Epoch of Rest, Being Some Chapters From a Utopian Romance.  1890.  Re-issued by Oxford University Press (New York:  2003).  This is Morris’ futuristic novel about a mythical English village where socialism has reached its full bloom.

Reed, Cleota.  Henry Chapman Mercer and the Moravian Pottery and Tile Works.  University of Pennsylvania Press.  Philadelphia: 1980).  Mercer developed a unique glaze  for tiles around the turn of the century.  His  tiles are used extensively in the Mid-Atlantic Region, particularly on the floor of the Pennsylvania State Capital Building in Harrisburg.

The Schoen Pressed Steel Company Catalogue.  The Chasmar-Winchell Press (New York: 1898).  This catalogue describes the box cars offered to various railroads by Schoen’s company.

Sweeting, Adam.  Reading Houses and Building Books, Andrew Jackson Downing and the Architecture of Popular Antebellum Literature, 1835-1855.  University Press of New England (Hanover: 1996).  This is a biography of Downing and his influence on architecture and landscape design.

Thomas, George E.  William L. Price, Arts and Crafts to Modern Design.  Princeton Architectural Press.  (New York:  2000).  This is the definitive biography of William Price.

Todd, Pamela. William Morris and the Arts and Crafts Home.  Chronicle Books.  San Francisco: 2005).  This is a description of Morris’ influence on Arts and Crafts homes.

White, John H., Jr.  From the Wood-Car Era to the Coming of Steel:  The American Railroad Freight Car.  The Johns Hopkins University Press.  (Baltimore:  1993).  This traces Schoen’s influence—and 127 patents—on the development of the steel boxcar.

Collections

George E. Thomas Collection, The Athenaeum of Philadelphia.  Contains drawings and well over 100 photographs and glass slides of Rose Valley Farm taken by either Hawley McLanahan, Schoen’s son-in-law,  or by Henry Troth, a nationally known photographer who was a childhood friend of William Price and lived in Rose Valley.

Papers of Hawley McLanahan, Winterthur Museum Garden and Library, Winterthur, DE.  Contains detailed architectural descriptions prepared by Hawley McLanahan concerning the work of Price & McLanahan for Charles Schoen at Rose Valley Farm.

Websites

Rose Valley Museum and Historical Society, Moylan, PA:  www.rosevalleymuseum.org.  Contains excellent historical material on the founding and contributions of the residents of Rose Valley.