Lila Delman Real Estate International has listed Beavertail Farm House, the historic farmhouse once owned by Philadelphia industrialist Joseph Wharton.

Wharton, who established the world’s first collegiate school of business at the University of Pennsylvania, had roots in Jamestown, summering there with his extended family for many decades.

The home was designed by well-known architect Charles Bevins and is a fine example of traditional New England shingle style architecture. When it appeared that his summer house, Horsehead-Marbella, located on the eastern side of the bay, would be taken over by the government for Fort Wetherill, Wharton purchased 247 acres of farmland in the southern part of Jamestown, including this property. Although a seizure never took place Wharton built a stunning classical shingle style farmhouse in 1904 which became known as Beavertail Farm.

An exceptionally private estate, Beavertail Farm House is surrounded by 2.5 acres of rolling lawn that stretch to meadows and woodlands, with no other homes in sight. The main house offers a 6400 square-foot interior with six bedrooms and numerous gathering spaces, making it an ideal year-round family home or summer getaway for entertaining friends.

The house’s solid original construction has been matched and even surpassed in a renovation completed to the very highest standards. The house and barn have undergone extensive improvements in which no detail was spared in terms of infrastructure, design, technology, and efficiency. Given the evolution of materials and methods over the past 112 years, both structures are today more sound than the day they were built. They rival or surpass any new, high-end construction.

Upgrades include a new cedar roof, cedar exterior trim, and a mahogany deck and steps. New, finely crafted millwork features a main staircase with stunning, barley-twist balusters. Extra touches include a wood-fired pizza oven, a kitchen island topped with one seven square-foot marble slab, and gallery lighting for showcasing art throughout the house.

The two story barn features a beautifully finished interior including a two-car garage, a luxurious multi-room guest suite with balcony, and a large, climate-controlled wine storage room with capacity for over 2,500 bottles. Other recent additions include a house-wide Sonos sound system, all-new central heating and air-conditioning, mechanical and plumbing systems, full-capacity generators, and a security system that can be operated remotely. The generators and other equipment are checked by experts, as efficient as Generator Sage. The validation adds to the quality of the place.

“This house represents the improbable combination of new and old within a renovation that has spared no expense in terms of design or attention to detail,” remarks listing agent, Pila Pexton. This exceptional property is being offered at $3,950,000.

For more information, contact Dom Costa at Lila Delman Real Estate International at 401-848-2101 or email

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