CHESTER COUNTY'S BRANDYWINE VALLEY

HISTORY TRAIL

History comes alive in Chester County. Vibrant towns including Kennett Square, Phoenixville, Coatesville, and Chester Springs, have their own unique agricultural, revolutionary and industrial histories.

Phoenixville and Coatesville boast America’s earliest Iron and Steel forges. Kennett Square paved the way for the mushroom farming business dating back to 1885, and is now considered the undisputed Mushroom Capital of the World.

The banks of the Brandywine River were the sites of the largest engagement of the American Revolution. The Brandywine Battlefield Park interprets the history of the battle and its effects on the passive Quaker community at the time. Visit a 145-acre living community home to a revolutionary war hospital and soldier’s orphan school among other attractions at Historic Yellow Springs. Come experience America’s history in the rolling hills of Chester County.

Day 1: Brandywine Valley’s Chadds Ford played a vital role in the nation’s development. The Chadds Ford Historical Society nurtures this heritage with the preservation and interpretation of pre- revolutionary homes: John Chads House and The Barns-Brinton House. John Chads House is a fine example of early 18th century Pennsylvania architecture. It is the home of John Chad, the ferryman – farmer for whom Chadds Ford was named. Barns-Brinton House was William Barns’ Tavern in the 1720’s. Built in 1714, on what was then a major thoroughfare between Philadelphia and Maryland, the Tavern provided food and lodging to travelers. The Battle of Brandywine was the largest engagement of the Revolutionary War. Visit the Brandywine Battlefield Historic Site. Stop at the Visitors Center to gain an overview of the Battle via a film and other interpretations of the war. Schedule a tour of the Benjamin Ring House, General Washington’s headquarters during the battle.

Next visit Valley Forge National Historical Park, the site of the 1777-78 winter encampment of Washington and the Continental army.