Town Tours and Village Walks — July Tours
July 4th Special Observation — 25th Independence Day Ceremony at the Revolutionary War Soldiers' Cemetery.
Sponsored by East Vincent Township.
Tuesday, 9 AM: Celebrate freedom on our country's birthday while honoring the price paid by the unknown Revolutionary War soldiers who lie at rest in this cemetery. The program takes place on the route that the Continental Supply Train traveled toward Warwick and Reading Furnaces after the Battle of the Clouds. The log church that eventually served as a hospital for the Revolutionary soldiers, in East Vincent, was dedicated May 27, 1758. As a hospital, it lent care to the wounded from the Battle of Brandywine and to soldiers from Valley Forge.
Parking: 280 Hill Church Road, Spring City. After the celebration, visit the East Vincent Church at this address and view the location of the historic log hospital. Visitors are welcome to use the parking lot and bathrooms. Light refreshments.
July 6 — Witness to Battle: Two Armies Clash on the Fields of Birmingham
Sponsored by Birmingham & Thornbury Historical Commissions.
When General Washington discovered that he had been outflanked by the British, he repositioned troops on either side of Birmingham Road. There the two armies clashed in the largest, single-day battle of the Revolutionary War. Tour the 18th-century Thornbury Farm which sits in the heart of the battlefield. The 1709 farmhouse bears a stone patch where a cannon ball tore into the thick stone walls. Visit the 254-year-old Birmingham Meetinghouse which served as a hospital for wounded soldiers in 1777 and still has an active membership today. Guides will interpret the battle action contrasting war with the local Quaker Testimony of Peace.
Parking & Registration: Tours will begin at 5:30 pm. 1256 Thornbury Road, West Chester. Please note some uneven field walking.
July 13 — Bus Tour: Advance with the Hessians!
Sponsored by Pennsbury Historical Commission, Chadds Ford Historical Society, Brandywine Battlefield Park, Brandywine Battlefield Task Force, & Old Kennett Meeting.
On the morning of September 11, 1777, the Royal Army advanced in a second column east along the Great Nottingham Road straight at Washington's defenses. Led by General Wilhelm von Knyphausen, they were tasked with engaging the Continental forces along the Brandywine until they heard General Howe's guns from the north indicating that the flanking maneuver had been successful. As they approached today's Longwood Gardens, they were attacked by soldiers commanded by American General William Maxwell. Despite the American delaying tactics, the enemy advanced to the river. Follow the route by bus and hear the description of the battle as well as the role historic resources along the route played. Brandywine Battlefield interpreters will be on each bus. Open House at Brandywine Battlefield Park beginning at 4:30 pm.
Parking: Tours begin at 3 pm. Chadds Ford Elementary School, 3 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford.
Timed reservations required:To register go to http://battlefieldtour2017.eventbrite.com. For questions call 610-459-3342.
July 20 — West Whiteland's Role in the Revolutionary War
Sponsored by West Whiteland & West Goshen Historical Commissions.
On the morning of September 15, 1777, the Battle of the Clouds began with heavy skirmishing between the opposing forces in the county's Great Valley. These came to an abrupt halt when a torrential rainstorm made the roads nearly impassable and turned the surrounding agricultural land into sodden fields of mud. The American Army broke contact and retreated and the Royal Army encamped on the field of battle. In 1777, one of West Whiteland's most influential citizens was Richard Thomas (III). During the Revolutionary War, Richard Thomas (III) served seven years as colonel for the First Regiment of Chester County Militia, when he was locally known as "the Fighting Quaker." Visit Richard Thomas' properties; learn about local plundering by the British; the Battle of the Clouds, and what life was like during the Revolution. Presenters: Sean Moir, author of the Battle of the Clouds Technical Report and Revolutionary War re-enactor, John Kabli.
Parking & Registration: Tours begin at 5:30 pm. Whiteland Towne Center parking lot, 229 W. Lincoln Hwy, Exton. Registration near Gloss Salon.
July 27 — Remains of the Day
Sponsored by Historic Yellow Springs.
The second engagement of the Philadelphia Campaign was the Battle of the Clouds on September 15th, so named because it was ended abruptly by a storm. Around 5 pm, the Continental army began its almost ten-mile retreat to Yellow Springs in the downpour where soldiers took what shelter they could find. You may wonder: "Where are the bodies buried?" The Revolutionary War Hospital at Yellow Springs and the Quaker meeting houses, churches, and private homes in our area were utilized as medical facilities during the Philadelphia Campaign. We know that many soldiers and community members suffered and died here in Chester County during the early days of the Revolutionary War, yet little is known about their burial places. Come and learn about the cemeteries where we honor those who bravely served. Also, learn about the exploration and attempts to locate these unknown Revolutionary soldiers' graves. You will be able to pick up a driving tour map so you can visit these final resting places we do know about and pay homage.
Parking & Registration: Tours will begin at 5:30 p.m. Historic Yellow Springs, 1685 Art School Road, Chester Springs. Follow directional signs after entering the village.