"Brandywine Battlefield State Park" Philadelphia Off The Beaten Path Tip by grandmaR
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Day 5 of Easter Break 1969 - Brandywine Battlefield was where the first battle of the Revolutionary War resulted in the loss of Philadelphia.
Washington picked the high ground at Chadd's Ford as a good place to defend Philadelphia because he expected that the British would have to come straight ahead to cross (ford) the river here. On September 9th, 1777, he posted forces at all the known fords along the Brandywine to prevent the British from crossing. General Howe, had some troops opposite Kennett Square to act as a distractor, but actually on September 11th, his main army crossed several miles north of Wistar's Ford at a ford unknown to Washington
Although the Continental Army fought bravely, Howe's manuever resulted in the eventual fall of Philadelphia. Congress abandoned Philadelphia and moved first to Lancaster and then to York to escape before the British takeover.
The actual park (which is closed on Monday) has a museum which has a permanent interpretive exhibit and an audio-visual presentation graphically tell the story of the battle and its relation to the Philadelphia Campaign of 1777, and tours of Washington's headquarters and Lafayettes' headquarters.
This was the Marquise du Lafayette's first participation in the Revolution. He was quartered in this house, After the battle Gilpin's property was plundered by foraging soldiers. The claim for losses filed by Gilpin included:
* 10 milch cows
* 1 yoke of oxen
* 48 sheep
* 28 swine
* 12 tons of hay
* 230 bushels of wheat
* 50 pounds of bacon
* 1 history book
* 1 gun
But that's not all. There are three driving tours that can be taken to battle sites. They are the
Straight Ahead Tour
The Cornwallis Tour
The Battle Driving Tour
Tuesday-Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, noon to 5:00 p.m. Closed Mon.
Take I 95 South. Exit onto Rt. 322 West. Follow Rt. 322 North to Rt. 1. Left onto Rt. 1 (South) and go 2.7 miles to park entrance
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