EVENTS

First day open: March 10th

Pennsylvania's 343rd Birthday

Sunday, March 10th, 2024

12:00PM – 3:00PM

Admission: Free 

Join us for our annual kickoff to the season, Charter Day!  Where we celebrate Pennsylvania’s 343rd Birthday with Free Admission. Visit and learn about William Penn’s Charter for Pennsylvania with historical interpreters, demonstrations, and more!  Event is free and open to the public. 

Revolutionary Speaker Series

Saturday, March 16th, 2024

12:00PM – 1:30PM

Join us for our first Revolutionary Speaker Series event of the year for a lecture by PHD Canidate Katy Telling: “The People Called Quakers: The Society of Friends and the American Revolution.”

Katy Telling will examine Quaker perspectives on the Revolutionary Era from the 1770s-1790s, including differences of experience among Quakers in Pennsylvania and the South. 

Katy Telling is a PhD Candidate in the Department of History at William & Mary, where she researches gender, family, and Quakerism in the long eighteenth-century South and works as a consultant in the Michael and Kathleen Clem History Writing Resources Center. Her work has been generously supported by the American Philosophical Society, the John Carter Brown Library, the North Carolina Friends Historical Association, and the Graduate Studies Advisory Board Humanities Research Fund at William & Mary. She is a member of the 2023-2024 cohort for the Southern Historical Association’s Junior Scholars Workshop and has recently joined the board of the Friends Historical Association. In addition to her work, Telling serves as the social media coordinator for the database Women Also Know History and as coordinator for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture’s Octo webpage.

 

Preserving Our Past at Brandywine Battlefield Park

Saturday, April 27th, 2024

10:00AM – 3:00PM

Join in our newest event, Preserving Our Past at Brandywine Battlefield Park. This year, we will have several demonstrations and presenters. You can also learn more about our and other local efforts to preserve the park and surrounding areas of the Brandywine Valley.

Tours of our two historic houses are available as well. The Benjamin Ring House Tours (Washington’s Headquarters): 10:30AM & 1:30PM. Gideon Gilpin House Tours: 11:30AM and 2:30PM. 

  • Seniors/AAA/AARP: $7
  • Adults: $8
  • Youth 3-11: $5
  • Active Duty & Immediate Family: Free

Brews at the Battlefield 2024

Saturday, June 15, 2024 

Join us for an unforgettable evening at Brandywine Battlefield Park on Saturday, June 15, 2024, from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM (EDT). 

At Brews at the Battlefield, you’ll have the opportunity to sample a wide selection of craft beers from local breweries.

Immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere as you mingle with fellow beer enthusiasts and engage in conversations with the passionate brewers behind these exceptional beverages. Learn about the brewing process, discover unique flavors, and gain insights into the world of craft beer.

Our iconic location holds significant historical importance, making it the perfect backdrop for an evening of great beer and good company. Brews at the Battlefield is hosted by and benefits the non-profit Brandywine Battlefield Park Associates. Every dollar collected helps us educate the public and promote the historic events that took place in Chadds Ford during the 1777 Philadelphia campaign.

We will update this page periodically with this year’s events.

Harvest Fest

Saturday,  November 11, 2023

11 – 3 p.m.

Join us for our final event on Saturday, November 11th from 11:00pm to 3:00pm, for our second annual Harvest Fest. 

Celebrate another bountiful year with everything fall! Vendors galore and many colonial trades, such as blacksmithing, cloth dyeing, carpentry, and flax to linen making, will be demonstrated. Try some delicious food from the Meat House Market food truck, off of rt. 202. 

Tours of the Ring House (Washington’s Headquarters) are at 10:30 AM and 1:30 PM, and tours of the Gilpin House are at 11:30 AM and 2:30 PM. Admission is $8.00 for adults; $7.00 for Seniors, AAA, AARP; and $5.00 for Youth (ages 3-11).

Revolutionary Speaker Series

Saturday,  October 21, 2023

12 – 2 p.m.

The Brandywine Battlefield Park Associates and PHMC present the Revolutionary Speaker Series event “Remember Paoli!” on Saturday, October 21st from 12:00pm to 2:00pm.

Join us for a presentation from Mr. Jim Christ as he discusses the battle often called the “Paoli Massacre.” “Remember Paoli!” was the nation’s first battle cry, born of this battle fought on the night of September 20th, 1777. Learn about the common myths associated with the battle as well as its influence on the rest of the Revolutionary War. Please join us for this presentation, questions, and refreshments at Brandywine Battlefield Park.

Jim Christ is President of the Paoli Battlefield Preservation Fund, having been on its board since 2012. An avid history buff, Jim also serves on the boards of the American Revolution Round Table of Philadelphia, the Brandywine Valley Civil War Round Table, the Christian Sanderson Museum, the Paoli Memorial Association, Historical Military Impressions, Inc, and the Chester County 250th Committee. Jim works as Director of Client Services for Shelby Financial Corporation.

American Flag Retirement Ceremony

Saturday,  November 11, 2023

3 – 4 p.m.

Right after our Harvest Fest, we are hosting a flag retirement ceremony with the Chadds Ford Township Residents Association, along with members of the United States Naval Sea Cadet Corps.

More information will be added to this page and our social media pages. 

Patriot’s Day

Saturday,  October 7, 2023

11 – 3 p.m.

Join us on Saturday, October 7th, 2023, from 11 – 3 p.m. for our annual Patriot’s Day. 

Learn what life was like for soldiers and camp followers during the Revolutionary War from period reenactors. Military drills and the firing demonstrations have been canceled due to the rain. Colonial trades, such as blacksmithing and cloth dyeing, will also be demonstrated. Tours of the Ring House (Washington’s Headquarters) are at 10:30 AM and 1:30 PM, and tours of the Gilpin House are at 11:30 AM and 2:30 PM. Admission is $8.00 for adults; $7.00 for Seniors, AAA, AARP; and $5.00 for Youth (ages 3-11).

Revolutionary Speaker Series

Saturday,  September 23, 2023

12 – 2 p.m.

Join us on Saturday September 23rd for the first Revolutionary Speaker Series of the season for a lecture given by Andrew Outten: “From a Plan Drawn on the Spot”: William Faden and the Battle of Brandywine.

William Faden was one of the most influential British mapmakers in the late eighteenth century. Although Faden created a map of the Battle of Brandywine in 1778, he later produced a significantly altered map in 1784. Drawing from his recent research, Andrew Outten examines the motives behind the production of a later edition and the general complexities of map production in the eighteenth century. Please join us for this lecture, questions, and refreshments.

Andrew Outten is the historical programs manager of the Society of the Cincinnati and its American Revolution Institute in Washington, D.C. Prior to this, he was the museum educator for the Brandywine Battlefield Park Associates for nearly a decade and served as the chairman of the Brandywine Battlefield Task Force. For his contributions to the preservation and interpretation of the battle, Andrew Outten was awarded the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution Historic Preservation Medal in September 2021.”

Remembrance Day

Monday,  September 11, 2023

Starts at 6 p.m.

Join us on Monday, September 11th, at our park for our annual Remembrance Day as we gather to remember the 246th anniversary of the Battle of the Brandywine, paying tribute to the soldiers who perished during the battle. 

Guests will be able to listen to our board president, site administrator,  and distinguished guests. We will also be conducting a prayer invocation like the one they had before the battle. There will be several songs played by bagpiper Mark O’Donnell. 

We will update this page with further information. 

Family Fun Day

Saturday,  August 19, 2023

11 AM – 3 PM

Join us on Saturday, August 19th, for our second annual Family Fun Day. 

There will be various colonial demonstrations, such as carpentry and blacksmithing. We are also featuring new demonstrations such as working with flax and bobbin lace. 

This year, we are partnering with Teachers’ Teammates, to bring  together resources to offer the teachers in under-resourced schools in Delaware County the opportunity to receive free supplies to use in their classrooms. You can donate goods that will be repurposed by teachers and students.  

Helen Sipala will be selling her newest book “Buttercups and Gratitude: My Illustrated Journey with Andrew Wyeth”. (cash and check only). 

We are also partnering with the Chester County Chapter, NSDAR, which will host the colonial games during the day. 

There will be tours conducted by the Brandywine Baptist Church at their church and cemetery. 

There will also be a Bruster’s Real Ice Cream Truck from 12-2 p.m.

Check out our social media sites for more info on what you can bring donate and drop off at our visitor center.

Son, Brother, Friend, Volunteer and Director of the Brandywine Battlefield Park Associates, Board of Directors

“I hope I shall possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man.” – George Washington

In Honor of Bryan Thorpe

Our lifelong friend Bryan Thorpe passed away suddenly on September 5, 2020. Bryan was a dedicated volunteer and served multiple terms as a director on the Brandywine Battlefield Park Associates’ Board. Bryan was the loving son of George and Judy Thorpe, Chadds Ford. We will miss his energy, compassion and steadfast abilities. Bryan’s amazing laugh echoes in our hearts.

Please help us to honor Bryan’s life.  Bryan’s Beautification Project, at Brandywine Battlefield Park, will celebrate Bryan’s life. The Project will replant trees and plant life that were lost at the Park due to recent storms. This project includes, but is not limited to, Historical tree planting, installation of paths to improve mobility and benches where we can rest and reflect.

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