Osborne Hill Farm in Westtown – the British observation point during the Battle of Brandywine – has been awarded protected status, writes Michael Rellahan for the Daily Local News.
Natural Lands, the land preservation nonprofit, announced that it had secured a conservation easement for the farm after fears that the site might be lost to development.
British General William Howe observed his troops do battle with American Revolutionary forces from that spot on Sept. 11, 1777. It was purchased using local, state, and federal funds.
“It’s hard to imagine such a peaceful, beautiful spot being at the epicenter of the Revolutionary War’s longest and largest battle,” said Natural Lands President Molly Morrison. “Natural Lands is thrilled and honored to have helped ensure this historic property will have a future free of development.”
Osborne Hill Farm got its name from former owner Samuel Osborne, who purchased the land in 1727. It’s near the 500 battlefield acres that have so far been protected within Chester County. However, there is still much left to do as the entire battlefield spans 35,000 acres.
Read more about the site in the Daily Local News here.