Brandywine Battlefield, Chadds Ford

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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 the William Brinton 1704 House near 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 is a splendid historical site in our midst. We are so fortunate to be so close to our nation's history. 
    This is a splendid historical site in our midst. We are so fortunate to be so close to our nation's history.  more »
  • There is so much history here...and so worth trying to understand. The area is lovely just to walk through and the park ranger was more than eager to share the historical significance of the... 
    There is so much history here...and so worth trying to understand. The area is lovely just to walk through and the park ranger was more than eager to share the historical significance of the...  more »
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  • This is such a beautiful and well-preserved battlefield. It's a must see for anyone interesting in American history. Unfortunately, the actual battlefield was fought on much larger ground, which was not preserved in the past and there are now homes and buildings on that land. Only a small part of the actual battlefield was left untouched, which is sad but at least the folks here do a great job taking care of what's left.
  • Nice place bit not actual battle site, just General Washington's headquarters! Also the park currently is opened on Fridays. Staff encountered was very friendly and informative.

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