Brandywine Battlefield Strategic Landscape Preservation Plans
The Delaware County Planning Department (DCPD) recently secured a grant from the American Battlefield Protection Program (ABPP) to further investigate the importance of two local actions to the larger Battle of Brandywine on September 11, 1777; namely the Strategic Retreat near the Concord Meetinghouse and the Rearguard Defense near Dilworthtown. These Landscapes were chosen for study as they represent the integral key areas of the final portions of the Battle of Brandywine. This project will be undertaken in conjunction with four parallel plans currently underway in Chester County.
In 2011, Chester County received a grant for the completion of a Preservation Plan for the entire 35,000 acres Brandywine Battlefield. This Plan, Brandywine Battlefield Preservation Plan: Revolution in the Peacefully Valley includes chapters on Land Conservation, Historic Resources, Public Access, Interpretation, and Implementation. DCPD provided support and technical assistance to Chester County for the Preservation Plan. Supported by recommendations of the Brandywine Battlefield Preservation Plan, DCPD was able to secure additional funding from the ABPP to create Strategic Landscape Preservation Plans for both the Strategic Retreat and the Rearguard Defense.
These Strategic Preservation Plans are non-invasive studies designed to engage communities in conversations about the importance of the area’s role during the Battle and build consensus on ways these strategic areas can be preserved, promoted and interpreted. The Plans will include historical research, historic resource documentation, interpretation recommendations, mapping and non-invasive archeological analysis. The planning process will have an extensive public participation element, which will include working with a steering committee, convening public and working group meetings, working closely with municipal representatives, involving landowners, and general outreach. The final document will be a tool to be used by the general public and municipalities in future planning initiatives, as well as economic development efforts through heritage tourism, along with historical organizations in their educational outreach.
Questions and feedback about the Strategic Landscape Preservation Plans can be directed to Beverlee Barnes, Manager, Preservation Section, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 610-891-5209.
Working Group Meetings #3
The Third Meeting of both the Landowner Working Group and the Interpretation Working Group will be held on December 4, 2014 at the Chadds Ford Township building. The first portion of the meeting will be dedicated to the Landowner Working Group and will focus on planning strategies to promote the Battlefield. The second portion of the Meeting will be the Interpretation Working Group, which will further discuss methods of interpretation. See below to access additional information about the meeting.
The Delaware County Planning Department held a Kick-off meeting for the Strategic Landscapes Preservation Plans for the Brandywine Battlefield on January 22, 2014 from 7:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the Chadds Ford Township building located at10 Ring Road. See below to access additional information about the meeting.
Working Group Meetings #1
Working Groups will meet throughout the project to provide guidance and feedback. The Interpretation Working Group Meeting #1 was held on April 7, 2014. The Landowner Working Group Meeting #1 was held on April 8, 2014. Both meetings were held from 7:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the Chadds Ford Township building located at 10 Ring Road. See below to access additional information about the meeting.
Working Group Meetings #2
The Second Meeting of both the Landowner Working Group and the Interpretation Working Group was held on June 10, 2014 at the Brandywine Battlefield State Park. The first portion of the meeting was dedicated to the Landowner Working Group. The second portion of the Meeting was the joint county Interpretation Working Group. See below to access additional information about the meeting.
Project Update Meeting: Non-Invasive Archeology & Historic Landscape Study
The Delaware County Planning Department hosted a meeting on the current progress of the Strategic Landscapes Preservation Plans for the Brandywine Battlefield on August 26, 2014 from 7:00 to 8:30 P.M. at the Brandywine Battlefield State Park. Delaware County’s Strategic Preservation Plans will include an Archeological Design Analysis component conducted by John Milner Associates (JMA), a Cultural Resource Management firm. The intention of the Archeology Design Analysis is research-based and will not require physical access to private land or ground disturbance. This meeting provided an introduction to the Archeology Analysis while also allowing JMA to learn from landowners and local residents about the history of the land and any known archeological information. See below to access additional information about the meeting.