Town Tours and Village Walks — June Tours
June 15 — The Land of Goshen 1777: From Turk's Head to County Seat
Sponsored by West Chester HARB.
Annual Kick-off Celebration: Chester County Historical Society
In the summer of 1777 West Chester was only the Turk's Head Inn and a few other buildings and farmhouses at a crossroads on the western edge of Goshen Township. We will explore the Revolutionary War happenings around the Turk's Head Inn and will visit the northeast quadrant of present-day West Chester. Topics will include Lafayette, Marshall Square Park, Victorian architecture, the Chester County Hospital, private academies, industrialization, plus plants and nurseries.
Parking & Registration: 225 N. High Street. Arrive at 5:30 pm for pre-registration, all tours leave at 6:30 pm after the celebration. The closest public parking for the Chester County Historical Society is the Chestnut Street Garage at 14 East Chestnut Street. Many business and restaurants validate your garage ticket with purchase, so take it with you. There is some metered street parking as well.
June 22 — Two Days Before Brandywine
Sponsored by Historic Kennett Square in Kennett Borough.
It was an overcast and humid dawn, September 11, 1777. Two days earlier, a Royal Army of 15,000 soldiers and camp followers had begun arriving in the tiny crossroads settlement of Kennett Village along the Great Nottingham Road to Philadelphia or streaming north from a ford along the Red Clay Creek from Delaware. Guides will escort visitors to points of interest and re-enactors will recreate the arrival, encampment and departure of the British and Hessian troops in and around Kennett Square to attack General Washington and the Continental Army assembled five miles away along the Brandywine Creek. Enjoy refreshments and meet Kevin Sheridan, author of "Timepiece Chronicles-Battle of Brandywine Creek."
Parking & Registration: Begins 5:30 pm. The 6 pm tour will be in Spanish. Free parking E. Linden Street Garage, 120 E. Linden Street, Kennett Square
June 29 — The British Flank at Trimble's Ford: An Archaeological Journey
Sponsored by Friends of Martins Tavern, West Bradford Historical Commission, Pocopson Historical Committee.
The morning of the Battle of Brandywine, between 5 and 6 am, the Royal Army formed two columns in Kennett Square. Led by three local loyalists, General Sir William Howe, General Cornwallis, and a column of 8,500 soldiers marched north to outflank General Washington's forces. Following a maze of local roads, they arrived on the Road to the Great Valley that forded the Brandywine Creek at Trimble's Ford. Explore the lost road, ford and Village of Trimbleville with guides and archaeologist Wade Catts whose research team discovered the lost road and ford.
Parking & Registration: Tours will begin at 5:30 pm. Parking 300 Broad Run Rd., West Chester. Please be advised of the uneven terrain and difficult field walking.