Celebrate fall during the Revolutionary War Re-enactment at the Brandywine Creek State Park outside Wilmington, Del., which 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 1800s. The re-enactment takes palce from 9am to 3pm.
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 among the dozens of vendors in the ?Suttler’s Village,? where Colonial merchants and demonstrators 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.
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. For more information, call 302. 577.3534 or visit www.destateparks.com/park/brandywine-creek/index.asp
Gene Pisasale, who lectures on historical events, is the author of 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.