History is all around us on The Main Line

Real Estate Agent with Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 PA License - AB067198

Living on the Main Line outside of Philadelphia it is easy to overlook the history that lies all around us. 

Yes we live near Valley Forge National Historical Park but there were lots of other events in this area. I mean this is Philadelphia, the capital of the country in those days and where the constitution and bill of rights were released.

Following the Battle of the Brandywine the Americans and the British came north. Washington withdrew across the Schuylkill to protect the fords and the way to Philadelphia. As well as protecting the furnaces where the Americans were making cannon.

But he left a force under Wayne to watch the British on the Southern side of the Schuylkill. The British camped in Tredyffrin Township, near today's Chesterbrook, running from where Barnes and Noble is, what used to be the site of The Valley Forge Fair, and Howelville where there was a tavern. They also had troops along the ridge above, where Conestoga High School sits.

But the English discovered where Wayne was camped and on the evening of September 20 1777 set out to see if they could catch his forces in a pincer. The aim was to come around him from the West and push him towards some other English troops waiting in Paoli towards the East. Sean Moir and I explain what happened in this video and why although the battlefield sits in today's Malvern it is called the Paoli Massacre. 


During the Revolutionary War "Remember Paoli" was a rallying cry for American forces. Today, the battlefield is a quiet monument to the men who suffered for America's Liberty and freedom on that night.

If you want to see an animated version of the battlefield on a laptop or desktop click here. Sorry this uses Flash so does not work on tablets. If you want to contact Sean Moir of Western Heritage Mapping his contact details are at the end of the video.

If you are interested in living in this historical area, give us a call, we will be delighted to help you find a home surrounded by history.

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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks for the history lesson. We need to spend some time exploring the area.

Jan 22, 2017 05:40 AM #1
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

I have flown through Phily many times, but one day i need to stop and stay. I love history and would lve to visit some places 

Jan 22, 2017 05:44 AM #2
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Nick & Trudy Vandekar ,

Our granddaughter often flies out of Phily going or coming home from Bucknell University. Thank you for the refresher course in your historical area!

Jan 22, 2017 06:16 AM #3
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC

Nick and Trudy

Pennsylvania is a state is full of history.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Jan 22, 2017 08:10 PM #4
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Roy Kelley there is much for you to enjoy up here.

Scott Godzyk you wouldn't even need to leave the city.

Dorie Dillard my daughter in law went to Bucknell, that is some drive she makes to leave from Philadelphia. If you ever visit let us know.

Lou Ludwig it is a state with history from all periods.


Jan 23, 2017 10:46 AM #5
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Nick and Trudy- we have a friend who grew up in the area and I'm going to share this with him!!

Jan 23, 2017 06:33 PM #6
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Kathy Streib thank you, I would love his feedback.

Jan 23, 2017 06:42 PM #7
Elyse Berman, PA
Best Connections Realty, Inc. - Boca Raton, FL
Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824 CRS, ABR, GRI,ePR

Nick & Trudy Vandekar Thank you for sharing the rich history around the Main Line with us.  I have seen some of it in Philly but not this.  

Jan 25, 2017 03:45 AM #8
Drew Heasley
Keller Williams Realty Inc. - Downingtown, PA
Realtor, Chester County Pennsylvania

Great job! Sometimes it's easy to forget how much history we have around here.  

Feb 22, 2017 07:36 AM #9
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Elyse Berman this is a small battle that took place, but local historians are trying to get it noted as a national site. And sorry I never saw your comment before today.

Drew Heasley we are surrounded by history and we need to protect it. We have a developer trying to knock down 4 historic homes from 1850 to build an apartment building.

Feb 22, 2017 07:41 AM #10
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