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.