Brandywine Battlefield Historic Site
1491 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford, PA, USA
brandywinebattlefield.org - (610) 459-3342
Brandywine Battlefield Historic Site Chadds Ford Reviews
Only worth if really interested in Revolutionary War sites Nov 08, 2015
Located about 1 hour outside of Philadelphia by car, in the town of Chadds Ford, the Brandywine Battlefield Historic Site was where the Battle of Brandywine took place in 1777, during the Revolutionary War. More about the history of it, in the blog.
Getting to it by public transportation… forget it! I don’t think there is any way, and not as easy to get to by car. It is located on a busy street, US Route 1. Admission to the park itself is free. But there is a fee for the museum and/or tour of the houses.
The museum part is located inside the visitor center. The museum seems to be split in 2 parts. One part has displays on background and events that led to the Battle of Brandywine, along with displays of artifacts and a short film. This part was really small, and okay. The other part looked more like a fundraiser room, with the way the items were on display. Honestly, it was not organized at all, as if this place was not sure how to display the items.
There are usually tours of the 2 houses, which include the Benjamin Ring House and the Gideon Gilpin House. But the Gideon Gilpin House was under renovations, so I did not get to go inside of it. This one is the only original structure from the battle, that is still standing in the park area. Nearby is a sycamore tree that is over 300 years old.
As for the Benjamin Ring House, this one is basically a house tour of different rooms, with period furniture. Most of the place has been restored, which was damaged by a fire in 1931. Depending on the guide giving the tour of the place, it can be the difference between being worth it or a waste of time and money. Luckily in my case, it was worth it, as I did have a guide that seemed to enjoy giving the tours, and as a result, enjoyable to listen to.
After seeing this place, it is pretty clear that this place is really underfunded. This place does try to do the best with what they have, so it gets an extra star for that. But unfortunately, still not enough to make this a worth see. Adding to that, is the out of the way location, only accessible by car. And even by car, you will more likely have to deal with traffic, as it is only accessible by US Route 1.
It may be worth a look for history buffs, particularly for those really into colonial history, and familiar with the history of it. For everyone else, not really worth going out of your way to just see this place.
P.S. - Sometimes this place is called Brandywine Battlefield State Park. Not sure which one is the official name.
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