Eleven historic Delco sites are yours to explore on this everyday life History Tour of Western Delaware County. There will be guides at each site, and several locations will offer treats or history-based activities.

Ten sites can be toured on Saturday, September 23rd -- and the Brandywine Battlefield will do a special presentation on Sunday, the 24th.   


The Chichester Friends Meetinghouse is a historic Quaker meetinghouse.
The original congregation was comprised of the Quaker settlers of Aston,
Bethel, Birmingham, Chichester, Concord, Thornbury and Westtown. 

Whether you come for one day or two...this exciting history weekend explores the lives of real people who lived through dangerous, yet pivotal times in our nation’s history. 

See how they grew up and where they attended school, worked, fought, raised families and were buried.
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This tour was developed by 5 Western Delco Historical Societies and made possible by Iron Workers Bank of Aston.

Saturday at a glance: 
A FREE historian-guided tour of 10 historic places where ordinary people lived, learned, played, prayed and were laid to rest.

Join the car caravan going to each site.  Why use maps when you can follow us! Drive to the Granite Run Mall where we will meet at 9:30am.  We will leave the parking lot at 9:45am sharp.

Or sign up ASAP to be on the Tour Bus leading the car caravan. The bus will have a popular on-board historian, Nancy Webster to make the journey fun and interesting! Seats are just $15. Checks should be made payable to the Chichester Historical Society and mailed to 2552 Central Avenue, Boothwyn, PA 19061.  Contact: Cyndi Charney, 267-242-0232

Or visit the sites on your own. All sites are open from 10am to 3pm. Click on the following link for detailed map and directions so you can customize your own personal tour:

Western Delco History Tour Information Guide, Photos & Map



Sunday at a glance: 
This is a tour-on-your own day devoted to The Brandywine Battlefield - 46 acres of fertile PA farm land that witnessed the largest land battle of the American Revolution. (The Park is open noon to 4pm)


In addition to normal tours and museum exhibits, there will be a rare ENCAMPMENT EXPERIENCE, including:

>  Musket demonstrations by soldier re-enactors
>  A blacksmith hard at work in the Blacksmith Shop
>  Demonstrations of many aspects of 18th Century Life

There will be house tours including Washington’s Headquarters - and the museum has amazing artifacts and documents on display.
The park has a standard daily admission fee of $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and $5 for children.

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Plus there are two more important historic events this month:

REMEMBRANCE DAY at the Brandywine Battlefield...

Don't miss this moving tribute to what was the largest land battle of the Revolutionary War, covering more than ten square miles, or 35,000 acres. 

It takes place on a date with haunting significance to those of us living today. Some may be surprised to know that The Battle of the Brandywine took place on September 11, 1777 - 239 years before the terror attack on our country in 2001.  

Almost a thousand lives were lost in 1777.  Remembrance Day ceremonies will take place from 6 to 7pm on Sunday the 11th.

AND THE SOUTH IS INVADING PA AGAIN!


The Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation will be hosting a Federal and Confederate battle and camp on Saturday, September 17th and Sunday, September 18th.

Witness firearm demonstrations, drills, camp life and artillery demonstrations by both the North and South. Battles will take place on Saturday at 12 and 4. Sunday’s battle will be at 2.


LOCATION:  ON OUR MAIN STREETS
The Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation
Hours: 11 to 5 on Saturday; 11 to 3:00 on Sunday.
Admission: $12 for adults, $8 for children ages 4 to 12. Children under age 4 are free.
Lunch and souvenirs may also be purchased.
Address: 350 Gradyville Rd, Newtown Square, PA 19073
Phone: (610) 566-1725
The Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation is an independent non-profit 18th century living history farm museum located within Ridley Creek State Park. It is most easily reached via the park’s Route 3 entrance just west of Newtown Square.  Colonial Plantation Website