by Gene Pisasale Brandywine Creek State Park outside Wilmington, Delaware became a park in 1965, utilizing land previously owned by the du Pont family. One of the first parks in the country to be purchased with Land and Water Conservation funds, the 933 acre park entices visitors with its rolling hills and rustic stone walls constructed in the late 1800's. Celebrate the start of the Fall season at the Park on Saturday September 15th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday September 16th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. during their Revolutionary War Re-enactment.
History buffs aren't the only ones who'll enjoy this event. Thousands of people come to stroll along the lovely trails, enjoy the scenic beauty and shop amongst the dozens of vendors in the 'Suttler's Village', where Colonial merchants and demonstrators will show their wares and trades. Approximately 500 re-enactors from units of the Continental Army and British Army will participate in battles commemorating the Battle of the Brandywine, which raged nearby on Chadds Ford, Pa. on September 11, 1777. On that date, troops in George Washington's Army met on the field of battle with those under the command of British General William Howe.
There will be a variety of food and beverage vendors will have refreshments available for both days of this event, along with booths set up highlighting local civic, recreational and environmental groups. Brandywine Creek State Park is located at 47 Adams Dam Road, Wilmington Delaware. Their phone number is 302- 577- 3534. For more information, please visit their website at www.destateparks.com/park/brandywine-creek/index.asp
Gene Pisasale is an author based in Kennett Square, Pa.. He's written four books, including the historical novels 'Lafayette's Gold- The Lost Brandywine Treasure' and 'Abandoned Address- The Secret of Frick's Lock.', as well as the historical review 'The Christian Sanderson Museum- Tom Thompson Remembers.' Gene conducts several lecture series on historical topics. He can be reached at Gene@GenePisasale.com; his website is www.GenePisasale.com