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Specific Plans that implement recommendations of the Brandywine Battlefield Preservation Plan

The 2013 Brandywine Battlefield Preservation Plan recommends 13 battlefield strategic landscapes for further consideration and planning. Theses strategic landscapes are being examined in phases due to the complexity of the battle and large size of the battlefield. Plans for specific areas in Chester County and Delaware County represent phase one battlefield strategic landscapes planning. These areas in Chester County include: Marshallton Strategic Landscape, Trimble's Ford and Jefferis' Ford Strategic Landscapes, and Sconnelltown/Strode's Mill Strategic Landscape in East Bradford, West Bradford, Pocopson, and Newlin Townships. These areas in Delaware County include: Rearguard Defense Strategic Landscape and Strategic Retreat Strategic Landscape in Chadds Ford, Thornbury, and Concord Townships. Together, the four Landscapes in Chester County form the northern Brandywine Battlefield, where tactical battle staging occurred during the morning and into the afternoon the day of the battle, September 11, 1777. The Landscapes in Delaware County represent the final legs of the battle, including the ‘last stand’ of the battle and the American Retreat. Strategic Landscapes and their features are areas to focus battle-related local planning, land conservation, historic resource protection, and heritage interpretation efforts. Collectively, such planning efforts within the battlefield honor and preserve areas that exhibit Chester County's and Delaware County's role in American history and our nation's founding, and simultaneously maintain sense of place and enhanced quality of life for residents and visitors.

Brandywine Battlefield Preservation Plan

The plan presents recommendations on how to better preserve the battlefield's open spaces and historic landscapes. Over 200 historic resources are inventoried within the Brandywine Battlefield including buildings, meetinghouses, fords, and landscapes that were the location of combat and of battle-related events.View Publication

CoverPreserving Our Places, Historic Preservation Planning Manual for Chester County Communities

This planning manual promotes the implementation of Landscapes historic preservation goals and objectives. It does this by providing general information about historic preservation for Chester County municipalities, and also by discussing historic preservation planning specifically for Chester County's Urban, Suburban, and Rural landscapes. The list below provides the entire document as well as its separate chapters/appendices. View Publication

mapChester County National Register of Historic Resources Map

One of Chester County's richest assets is its coalition of citizen based historical commissions, societies, committees, organizations and Historic Architectural Review Boards. Working with preservation professionals, these dedicated citizens have seen that Chester County boasts the largest number of National Register properties and districts in the state next to Philadelphia. View Map

Battle of Brandywine, September 11, 1777

The Battle of the Brandywine was a critical military encounter of the American Revolution. Lands within and leading to this battle, spanning both Chester and Delaware Counties, are considered a resource of national significance by Landscapes2. View Animated Maps and Technical Report

Battle of the Clouds and Battle of Paoli

The Battle of Brandywine was not the end of the American Revolution in Chester County. The Battle of the Clouds took place on September 16, 1777 less than a week after the Battle of Brandywine. The Battle of Paoli, also called the "Paoli Massacre," was a small, vicious battle that occurred at midnight on September 20-21, 1777. View Animated Maps and Technical Reports

cover imageBattlefield Protection Strategies, A Guide for Brandywine Battlefield Communities

Successful protection of the Brandywine Battlefield must begin at the local level. This guide has been developed for use by the communities within the Battlefield to assist in efforts for its protection, and that of related resources. View Publication

coverIron and Steel Heritage Tours

Identifies key iron and steel heritage sites, driving and biking routes, trailheads and trails, natural/recreation areas and heritage destinations for food and lodging. It features themed scenic itineraries, recreational opportunities, and provides visitors of all ages with thoughtful interpretive information. More...