Celebrating ‘Life and Times’ in Delco History

County Council salutes historical societies during

History Month

Delco History

Step back in time on ‘Life and Times Tour’

Delaware County Councilman Dave White, center, was joined by Cyndi Charney, a member of the county Heritage Commission and Chichester Historical Society, (left) and Elizabeth McCarrick, Bethel Township Preservation Society and Heritage Commission member (right) in inviting people to participate in the “Life and Times Tour” of western Delaware County on Sept. 24 and 25, which includes an encampment at Brandywine Battlefield Park. Also shown are, back row, Council members Mike Culp and John McBlain.

A “Life and Times Tour” of western Delaware County was highlighted as part of County Council’s resolution declaring September as History Month throughout the county.

Councilman Dave White recognized several historical and preservation groups at the Aug. 17 meeting, as well as the Delaware County Planning Department. He also announced the two-day “Life and Times” tour that gives people a chance to walk in the footsteps of people who settled and built the county, dating back to 1760.

“Each year, we set aside the month of September to shine a spotlight on the rich history of our county and we urge our residents to explore many of the great historical sites we have throughout the county,” Councilman White said. “County Council is proud to partner with our historical and cultural organizations to preserve our history, and to keep that legacy alive for generations to come.”

Council invited residents to participate in the “Life and Times History Tour,” taking place on Sept. 24 and 25 in western Delco. The tour is being organized by the historical societies in Aston, Bethel, Chichester, Concord and Middletown townships.

These groups have partnered to plan two touring events. On Sept. 24, there will be free historian-guided tours of ten sites in those municipalities. People can either join a car and bus caravan, or go on their own. There is a fee to ride the bus.

On Sunday, Sept. 25, there will be a special encampment at the Brandywine Battlefield, which will include musket demonstrations by soldier re-enactors, a blacksmith shop and demonstrations of life in the 18th century. Admission to the Battlefield Park is $8 for adults, $5 for children.

Council was joined in the announcement by Cyndi Charney, Heritage Commission member and a representative of the Chichester Historical Society, Elizabeth McCarrick, Bethel Township Preservation Society and a Heritage Commission member, Andrew Outten, Brandywine Battlefield Park Associates, director of Education and Museum Services, and Marty Milligan, from Destination Delco.

Charney said some of the sites on the tour include the Cumberland Cemetery in Middletown, concord Friends Meeting, Our Lady of Angels convent and Calvary Cemetery.

More information on the “Life and Times Tour” can be found at: www.WesternDelcoTour.com.