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STATE PARKS-PA

BRANDYWINE BATTLEFIELD-1777

HDQRS. OF WASHINGTON AND QRTRS. OF LA FAYETTE

The Quaker homes in this park were used by General Washington in the Battle of Brandywine during the Revolutionary War in 1777. Unfortunately, Washington’s Hdqrs. are undergoing  renovation on the roof so the pictures show construction [May 2005].

La Fayette’s quarters are restored and pictures are shown below.

PLEASE WAIT FOR PICTURES TO LOAD FULLY

Gideon Gilpin’s house-front

House viewed from back-note the huge oven under the portico painted in red

This single-pane window is believed to be called a “soul window”.  A story book on this is available at the Visitors’ Center in the park.

House viewed from the right side showing the small windows similar to old European style.

On the left side is a huge sycamore tree that was authenticated to have existed at the time of the signing of the Constitution of the United States of America in 1787.

Raised barn at a good distance from the house is supported by interesting stone pillars.

“Wow! This is a great place to run and play!”, Emily said.  (Her short feet are hidden in the grass!)

A museum is located in the Visitors’ Center; a small fee is charged.

While the main theme of the park is the Brandywine Battlefield, the historical  homes are interesting to see as to how the people built them and lived in them during this time period.

 There are native plants in the area and an herb garden at the Washington’s Hdqtrs. House. Books are available about the Colonial use of herbs and recipes.

The park is excellently maintained by:

The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.

Brandywine Battlefield Park, Chadds Ford, PA

For more information, please visit:

www.ushistory.org/brandywine

Springhouse near raised wetland area. The pond is filled will many water-loving plants adding to the natural environment of this area.

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