County unveils interactive map to show 1777 property ownership, battle damage

WEST CHESTER — Just in time for the anniversary of the Battle of the Brandywine this past week, Chester County Archives and Records Services has released a new interactive tool that helps you discover who lived on your property in September 1777. The 1777 Chester County Property Atlas is an interactive map that allows researchers to easily see who owned properties in 1777, and if those owners or...

A Man’s Life, A Nation’s History: two days in May

By Linda Banks, Special To The Times Christian Sanderson was an early celebrant of Memorial Day and could recount details of The battle of The Brandywine at a moment’s notice. This glorious, temperate summer finds us awash in flowers and the positive spirit of lingering spring.   May ended with Memorial Day, a designated day of honor and remembrance for all Americans who died while in military...

Resident questions cost, impact of battle reenactment

Resident questions solar power fee costs By Liz Brown, Staff Writer, The Times BIRMINGHAM — A  township resident pushed the Board of Supervisors to be more upfront about the cost and likely impact of a reenactment of the Battle of the Brandywine, during Monday night’s supervisors meeting. Debbie Hineman of Meetinghouse Road questioned the board about the financial cost of the battle reenactment...

Planning of Battle of the Brandywine reenactment event continues

Supervisors and committee members discuss budget, attendees and goals of event  By Nicole Brown, Staff Writer, The Times BIRMINGHAM – Representatives from the Battle of the Brandywine Reenactment committee discussed the May 2014 event with the Board of Supervisors at the township meeting Monday night. The reenactment is scheduled for May 17 to 18 in Sandy Hollow Park at the intersection of Birmingham...

Battle reenactment proposed for Sandy Hollow in 2014

Parking, safety and neighbor concerns biggest hurdles to event going forward By Liz Brown, Staff Writer, The Times Birmingham Township’s Sandy Hollow could be the host for a reenactment of the Battle of the Brandywine in 2014, but a number of hurdles from parking to safety, and the opinion of neighboring residential neighborhoods still remain. BIRMINGHAM — It appears the township could become...

Black patriot focus of history presentation

Noah Lewis will present a program at the Chester County Library to celebrate Black History Month. Program on Edward ‘Ned’ Hector to be held at Exton library He was a black patriot who fought in the Battle of the Brandywine, and he was held in such high regard by his Conshohocken community that a street bears his name. In honor of Black History Month, the Chester County Library will present “The...

Words, deeds, and misdeeds make county history

Archives celebrating 30-year partnership that has assisted thousands of researchers By Kathleen Brady Shea, Managing Editor, The Times Laurie A. Rofini, director of the Chester County Archives and Records Services, checks a document in the climate-controlled storage area. Confronting the likelihood he would not survive the Civil War, a Chester County native stationed near Hampton, Va., penned a  detailed...

Fighting to preserve Brandywine battle’s legacy

Exhibit offers glimpse of soldiers’ movements throughout area By Kathleen Brady Shea, Managing Editor, UnionvilleTimes.com A sheet used by the late historian Chris Sanderson to illustrate troop movement during the Battle of the Brandywine is part of the exhibit at the Chadds Ford Historical Society. CHADDS FORD  — From a “traveling bedsheet” to an interactive computer program: That circuitous...