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Brandywine Battlefield, Chadds Ford, Pa.

Brandywine Battlefield, Chadds Ford, Pa.

Meredith Barnes

Grand Review Tours and History Talks

American Battlefield Trust Event
October 14 - 16, 2022

Friday Tour

An Introduction to Valley Forge

Step aboard the history bus as we take you on a whirlwind overview tour of Valley Forge National Historical Park, and then down to the Chester County History Center for a fun and history-filled night with the American Battlefield Trust. Our evening starts with a drive-through bus tour of Valley Forge National Historical Park. Later we’ll head down into Chester County, Pennsylvania, for an evening at the Chester County History Center. Join your fellow Color Bearers for an evening of history, fun, and revelry as we kick off the 2022 Grand Review. 

Sites Include: Valley Forge National Historical Park & the Chester County History Center

Walking Level: Light; expect to walk less than one mile. You may stand for extended periods of time.

Guides: Valley Forge National Historical Park and the Staff of the Chester County History Center
 

Saturday Tours

"A marvel of military architecture”: Fort Delaware

Climb aboard the ferry to Pea Patch Island as you are whisked back in time to one of the most impressive third-system forts. An often-forgotten military installation, Fort Delaware is situated 40 miles south of Philadelphia on Pea Patch Island, in the middle of the Delaware River. Constructed to defend what was once the nation’s capital, Fort Delaware served as a garrison post, training facility, and prisoner of war camp for Confederate captives. Join Gary Adelman and Dale Fetzer for a trip back in time to cemeteries, Civil War era Philadelphia, and of course, Fort Delaware. 

Sites Include: Fort Delaware & Norristown Cemetery

Walking Level: Light; expect to walk less than one mile. You may stand for extended periods of time.

Guides: Garry Adelman, American Battlefield Trust, and Dale Fetzer, Author & Historian
 

“Great Zeal to the Cause of Liberty”: The Marquis de Lafayette’s Introduction to Command, 1777-1778

Enthralled by the ideals of the American Revolution and against the orders of King Louis XVI, nineteen year old Marie-Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier, better known as the Marquis de Lafayette traveled across the Atlantic to cast his lot with the fledgling United States in the spring of 1777. Lacking combat experience, Lafayette managed to gain a major general’s commission and initially served as a volunteer without a command. Wounded at Brandywine, Lafayette soon became embroiled in political intrigue surrounding George Washington. Despite adversity, Lafayette persevered. The first ten months in the army shaped Lafayette as an officer and influenced him on battlefields in the years to come. Join American Battlefield Trust Senior Education Manager Dan Davis as he revisits some of the sites around the Philadelphia countryside associated with Lafayette’s formative military years, including Brandywine, St. Peter's Church, and Barren Hill.

Sites Include: Brandywine, Valley Forge National Historical Park, Barren Hill, St. Peter's Church

Walking Level: Moderate; expect to walk one to two miles over rolling terrain. You may stand for extended periods of time.

Guide: Daniel T. Davis, American Battlefield Trust 
 

Men, Monuments, and Mother Nature: The Winter Encampment at Valley Forge

The 1777-1778 winter encampment at Valley Forge is perhaps the most recognizable story of the Revolutionary War. The mere mention of Valley Forge conjures images of blizzards, log huts, and ill-clothed men. Join Deputy Director of Education Kristopher White as he peels back the layers of this complex story through the stories of the men who served there, the monuments that honor them, and the lens of historical memory through which we view these participants. You’ll visit sites in and out of the National Historical Park, including Fort Washington, Whitemarsh, and the encampment at Valley Forge, as we explore our collective American past while learning about one of the most trying times in the life of George Washington. 

Sites Include: Fort Washington, the Potts House, Valley Forge National Historical Park

Walking Level: Moderate; expect to walk two to three miles over rolling terrain and pathways. Walks along the park's pathways will be included in this tour (weather permitting). You may stand for extended periods of time.

Guide: Kristopher D. White, American Battlefield Trust 
 

“Obliged to Leave the Enemy Masters of the Field.”: The 1777 Philadelphia Campaign

The year 1777 was disastrous for General George Washington. Out fought and outmaneuvered at Brandywine, Paoli, and Germantown battles, Washington lost the Patriot capital—Philadelphia—and marched into the famed winter encampment at Valley Forge. Join author and historian Michael Harris as he explores one of the most significant battles of the war at Brandywine (plus land preserved by the American Battlefield Trust) and one of the most controversial actions of the conflict, the Paoli Massacre. 

Sites Include: Brandywine & Paoli 

Walking Level: Moderate; expect to walk one to two miles over rolling terrain. You may stand for extended periods of time.

Guide: Michael Harris, Author and Historian 
 

“We hold these truths to be self-evident…”: Old City Philadelphia

The “City of Brotherly Love” is the cradle of American democracy. Home to the Liberty Bell, Carpenters Hall, and Independence Hall, Old City Philadelphia and its many sites should be on every Americans bucket list. Join historians Phillip S. Greenwalt and Mark Maloy for a fun, and history, filled day in Philadelphia. Visit the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, and the Museum of the American Revolution. Walk in the footsteps of the Founding Fathers in the city where America declared its independence.

Sites Include: Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, and the Museum of the American Revolution

Walking Level: Moderate; expect to walk two to three miles in a city and museum setting. You may stand for extended periods of time.

Guides: Phillip S. Greenwalt and Mark Maloy, Emerging Revolutionary War 
 

Sunday Tours

Headquarters of the Commander in Chief: The Peter Wentz Farmstead

Most visitors to the Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, area visit Washington’s headquarters at Valley Forge. Far too few make their way to his other headquarters at the Peter Wentz Farmstead, the circa 1758 farmhouse that served as Washington’s headquarters in the fall of 1777. Here, he planned his attempt to retake Philadelphia, learned of Burgoyne’s surrender at Saratoga, and later attempted to bait the British into battle at Whitemarsh. Step back into 18th century Montgomery County for a trip to the Peter Wentz Farm.

Sites Include: The Peter Wentz Farm 

Walking Level: Light; expect to walk one mile or less in a farm and museum setting. You may stand for extended periods of time.

Guide: Staff of the Peter Wentz Farmstead
 

“No Quarter!” The Struggle for Fort Mercer

Fort Mercer stood on the New Jersey bank of the Delaware River, just a few miles south of Old City Philadelphia. Along with Forts Mifflin and Billingsport, Mercer stood in defiance of the King’s army and powerful Royal Navy. On October 22, 1777, Hessian soldiers assaulted the fort as ships of the Royal Navy dropped anchor nearby. Outnumbered by nearly 3-to-1, the Patriots held their ground and threw back the furious Hessian assault. Although initially victorious, the Americans abandoned Fort Mercer just a few days later. Join author and historian Michael Harris for a visit to the former site of Fort Mercer, where some 14 bodies from the battle were recently unearthed. Hear their stories and more along the banks of the Delaware River.

Sites Include: Fort Mercer

Walking Level: Light; expect to walk one mile or less over rolling terrain. You may stand for extended periods of time.

Guide: Michael C. Harris, Author and Historian 
 

Preserving an Army—Preserving a Historic Site: Valley Forge National Historical Park

Preservation is at the heart of Valley Forge. General George Washington preserved the core of his army so that Founding Fathers could forge a nation, while average citizens stepped in to preserve one of the most iconic sites in American history. Join American Battlefield Trust Education Department staffers Kristopher D. White and Sarah Kay Bierle for a trip through Valley Forge and the many ups and downs of preserving an army and a national historic site.

Sites Include: Valley Forge National Historical Park

Walking Level: Moderate; expect to walk one to two miles over rolling terrain and park pathways. You may stand for extended periods of time.

Guides: Kristopher D. White & Sarah Kay Bierle, American Battlefield Trust 

 

Sunday History Talk 

The Revolutionary War in 44 Minutes

The Revolutionary War was a wildly complex event, spanning every socioeconomic, military, cultural, and geographic cross-section of the colonies and far beyond. Just one slice of any of these subjects could occupy a lifetime of research. And yet, the massive conflagration consisted of a graspable list of truly key events, grand military movements, and questions answered. Whether you are a novice or a longtime expert, join Garry Adelman as he endeavors to cover all that is the American Revolution and bring it all together in one energetic and informative presentation.

Speaker: Garry Adelman, American Battlefield Trust