Town Tours and Village Walks — Lectures

May 11 at 7 pm — March to the Brandywine: The March of the British Army on September 8, 1777 through September 10, 1777

Sponsored by Kennett Township Historical Commission.

This year Walt Chiquoine will be speaking about the March of the British from Delaware through New Garden and Kennett Townships on their way to clash with Washington's army along the Brandywine. The route was only able to be correctly traced after the location of General Howe's headquarters was found which took years to locate. It is the 240th Anniversary of the battle and we think a fitting program. Hope you can join us.

Parking and Registration: 801 Burrows Run Road, Chadds Ford, 610-388-1300. Light refreshments served.

June 1 — A Fortnight in Chester County Introduction

Sponsored by Chester County Historical Society.

Chester County was central for the fight for independence in 1777. Bruce Mowday, author of September 11, 1777: Washington's Defeat at Brandywine Dooms Philadelphia and contributor to Reporting the Revolution, Before It Was History, It Was News, will give an overview of events that took place in the county at the battles of Brandywine and Paoli, and the encampment at Valley Forge. He will also talk about the impact of the war in Chester County on the civilian population, including the Quakers. A brief sneak preview of the updated Battle of Brandywine Animated Map will open the lecture.

Parking and Registration: Doors open at 5:30 pm. Lecture begins at 6:00 pm. $8.00 per person, CCHS members FREE. The closest public parking for the Chester County Historical Society (225 N. High Street, West Chester) is the Chestnut Street Garage at 14 East Chestnut Street.

August 17 — Chester County's Historic Furnace Region

Sponsored by East Nantmeal Historical Commission, French & Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust, and Warwick County Park.

Before using the accompanying driving map provided this night, head to Warwick County Park's meeting room and get informed! Join local historians there to learn about Chester County's early iron region, its vital role in the American Revolution, and its presence still evident in the 21st century. Among the landmarks discussed will be Warwick Furnace, established in 1737 and probably the site where one of Ben Franklin's inventions became reality. Also to be examined will be why General Washington directed his exhausted troops to this area after the Battle of the Clouds in 1777. In addition, the French and Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust will share the efforts involved in saving the historically and environmentally significant Warwick Furnace site up to the present and into the future.

Speaker: Michael C. Harris is a graduate of the University of Mary Washington and the American Military University. He has worked for the National Park Service in Fredericksburg, Virginia, Fort Mott State Park in New Jersey, and the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission at Brandywine Battlefield. He has conducted tours and staff rides of many east coast battlefields. Michael is certified in secondary education and currently teaches in the Philadelphia region. He lives in Pennsylvania with his wife Michelle and son Nathanael. He is the author of "Brandywine: A Military History of the Battle that Lost Philadelphia but Saved America."

Parking and Registration: Lecture begins at 5:30 pm. Reservations Required: 60 person limit. Reservations: Call 610-344-6923 for reservations. Warwick County Park, Pavilion 3, 191 County Park Rd, Pottstown. 5:30 to 7:00 pm: Self-guided driving tour of the furnace region available. Refreshments.