Brandywine Battlefield, Chadds Ford

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Battlefield · Hidden Gem · Historic Site
Brandywine Battlefield Historic Site is a National Historical Landmark. The historic park is owned and operated by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, on 52 acres (210,000 m2), near Chadds Ford, Delaware County, Pennsylvania in the United States. It is part of the site of the Battle of Brandywine fought on September 11, 1777, during the American Revolution. The Battle of Brandywine covered more than ten square miles, or 35,000 acres. However, the modern park only covers 50 acres which served primarily as the Continental encampment the two days prior to the battle. The battle was a decisive victory for the British and cleared a path directly to the rebel capital of Philadelphia. Brandywine Battlefield Park became a Pennsylvania State Park in 1949 and a National Historic Landmark in 1961.

To the north, another part of the battlefield is maintained by Birmingham Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania as "Battlefield of the Brandywine Park," or "Sandy Hollow Heritage Park." Much of the afternoon's fighting took place between Birmingham Friends Meetinghouse and Dilworthtown.
On August 14, 2009, the state closed the battlefield and three other PHMC museums indefinitely due to a lack of funding as part of an ongoing budget crisis. The historic site opened again after 11 days, operating under an interim agreement between the PHMC and Chadds Ford Township with the Brandywine Battlefield Associates, or "Friends of Brandywine Battlefield" who now operate the site with staff and volunteers.
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  • This was the Gettysburg of the American War for Independence. Full of drama, bloodshed and near destruction of the Continental forces. Start at the visitor's center. Get the big picture. Lunch at....  more »
  • Today my Quester group had a wonderful tour with our excellent guide, Andrew. His knowledge of the place and times of the battle, September 11, 1777, is amazing. We all were totally impressed.  more »
  • For one of the largest battles during the Revolution, thee is surprisingly little to do here. I had expected at least some interpretive walking trails. But the park and museum are nice. The guides for the historic houses are informed and the houses themselves are interesting.
  • Great tour. Visitor Center has an excellent movie, good display museum, and a well stocked shop. My teen wants an officer's sword.
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