On Tuesday, Sept. 11, the 241st anniversary of the legendary Battle of Brandywine, the Brandywine Conservancy commemorated its acquisition of a key piece of land within the heart of the historic Revolutionary War battlefield.
Complete with the Museum of the American Revolution’s replica of George Washington’s tent, two of the Commander-in-Chief’s guards, along with members of the 1st Delaware Regiment, and the occasional volley of musket fire, the dedication ceremony celebrated the purchase of a 13-acre parcel on Birmingham Hill. The location is the epicenter of the battlefield, which merges with an adjacent 100 acres previously acquired by the Conservancy in 2007.
This acquisition completes the organization’s remarkable 25-year endeavor to preserve more than 500 contiguous acres, where the fiercest fighting transpired during the Battle of Brandywine.
“Today, we mark the acquisition of the final piece of a decades-long puzzle,” said Ellen Ferretti, Director of the Brandywine Conservancy. “It is with profound excitement for the future of this land that we will soon undertake a master planning process to really explore how we can best activate and interpret this site.
“We look forward to working with all levels of government, with the community, our neighbors, and area experts to create a plan that will pay homage to the significant events that took place here and engage future generations in its preservation.”
State Sen. Tom Killion and State Rep. Carolyn Comitta spoke on the importance of the preservation of our nation’s history.
“Birmingham Hill is an incredibly significant Revolutionary War site for our country,” said Killion. “The Brandywine Conservancy has worked for decades to save hundreds of acres of the Brandywine Battlefield. We are immensely grateful for their efforts in protecting our land and preserving America’s history.”
“I have long admired the extraordinary work of the Brandywine Conservancy and am pleased to offer my congratulations and support for this project,” said Comitta. “I believe this purchase will allow for the permanent preservation of a vital part of our collective history and an important national treasure.”