The Chester County History Center is partnering with Bartlett Tree Experts and the Humphry Marshall Trust to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the birth of Humphry Marshall (1722-1801).
The namesake of Marshallton, Marshall was a celebrated botanist and scientist who played a role in America’s transformation from a frontier wilderness to a productive landscape, ushering his fellow colonists toward independence.
In his lifetime, Marshall made his living as a stonemason, farmer, and miller, but he eventually became an esteemed member of the scientific communities of America and abroad. As a friend of Benjamin Franklin and other noted scientists, Marshall forged many connections in Philadelphia and abroad.
Franklin introduced Marshall’s writings to the Royal Society in London and encouraged Marshall’s astronomical and botanical studies by supplying him with books and instruments including the latest telescope and microscope.
“Where but in Chester County would you expect to find a groundbreaking American botanist, known for their scientific pursuits and a friend of Benjamin Franklin?” said Conor Hepp, President of the Chester County History Center. “Our region and its people have had immeasurable impact on our nation and its history.”
CCHC is hosting a native tree giveaway on Saturday, April 30 sponsored by Bartlett Tree Experts and the Humphry Marshall Trust. Visitors can sign up for the free sapling trees.
This year’s Humphry Marshall 300th Anniversary events will include town tours, speaking engagements, and a special celebration in Marshallton.