Celebrating 10 Years of Marley & Me

By Jenna Ahart ‘21

A&E Editor

 

Ten years ago, you might have seen a familiar Unionville-Chadds Ford school district bus coast across the big screen, in a way imposing this very community onto that of Marley & Me. As the production team set base in Birmingham Township, they would inevitably bring another relic to the seemingly idle town.

This 1837 farmhouse sits on 16 acres of land across from the Brandywine River, and has since been sold in 2011.

Nonetheless, the house remains a virtual landmark to the community, still with the occasional tourist photographer visiting the set.

According to senior Jojo Frey, “It’s a landmark where I live. I get to tell people I live by the Marley & Me house.”

Although the house was built in the 1800s, renovations have allowed the structure to maintain its antique charm while still constantly modernizing. Listing agent Holly Gross says, “The home has a beautiful updated gourmet kitchen but they did it in a way to make it feel like the 1800’s. It’s very in keeping in the period.”

The house was so fitting to the film that the production team ultimately decided to not change any furniture, but rather keep the antique bookshelves in chairs. In fact, staff could even be found relaxing in the furniture between takes.

During the filming period, a span of about two weeks in the middle of summer, Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson were frequents in the neighborhood. Frey even said that “Owen Wilson would ride his bike along our street and say ‘hi’ to us and wave.” And even in the midst of a heat wave, the production team created fake snow and bundled the actors in layers upon layers, allowing the community just a glimpse of Hollywood’s movie magic.

 

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