A treasure trove of historical artifacts from the Revolutionary War have left Phoenixville after 17 years in hiding.
Items like “Gen. George Washington’s luggage bag, a Revolutionary War soldier’s foot locker, and a pensioner jacket from the 1812 era worn by a Revolutionary War veteran” were recently moved to the new Museum of the American Revolution near Independence Hall, according to a report in The Times Herald by Eric Devlin.
The Valley Forge Historical Society-owned brick warehouse on Morgan Street in Phoenixville housed those and other “Revolutionary War muskets, cannons, paintings, sculptures, uniforms, and much more” since 1999 in what was supposed to be a temporary stay.
“As landlords, it was an awesome responsibility to have them here,” Bill Davison said of working with the historical society. “They wanted to be anonymous. They didn’t want people to know that they were here. But to be around so many dedicated people and to see the end result of their having their own museum on Chestnut Street in Philadelphia, it is quite an accomplishment. We’re proud to have our little part in the process.”
Read more about Phoenixville’s Revolutionary War history stash, including the significance of some of the items, in The Times Herald here.