Indian Hannah monument relocated to prime site

Photo by Fran Maye The Indian Hannah marker is now located at the entrance to Loingwood Gardens, visible to many.
Photo by Fran Maye The Indiah Hannah marker was moved last week from a site along old Route 52 north to this new site, at the entrance to Longwood Gardens.

By FRAN MAYE

fmaye@21st-centurymedia.com

The huge stone monument honoring Indian Hannah, one of the last of the Lenni-Lenape Indians in the area, was relocated last week to a spot sure to be seen by millions.

The monument was moved from a site along old Route 52, to a site at the entrance to Longwood Gardens, which attracted more than 1.1 million people last year.

“It is a beautiful location that will be very prominent, adjacent to our front gate,” said Paul Redman, executive director of Longwood Gardens. “I think it gives here even greater dignity.”

Indian Hannah, or Hannah Freeman) was born in 1730 and died in 1802. Indian Hannah was a traveler and during her life she made baskets and brooms and medicines from herbs and roots and sold them around Newlin Township. In her later years she lived in the newly constructed Chester County Poorhouse where she died and was the first to be buried in its graveyard. A road in Newlin Township is named after her and there are travel markers for near Embreeville.

In 1925, on land gifted by Pierre S. DuPont, the Pennsylvania Historical Commission and the Chester County Historical Society erected the boulder from the Pocopson Creek to commemorate her birthplace. The bronze plaque gives a brief glimpse of her life.

Redman said there will be a new garden around the monument, come spring. A rededication of the monument will take place sometime this summer which will feature an original dedication ceremony much like that done in 1925.