It is with a heavy heart that we have to announce the passing of our dear friend Ben Rohrbeck, or to many just Ben the Blacksmith. Ben was more then just an extraordinary Blacksmith, he was a crucial asset to the success of many historic sites in the area. Ben was a genuine individual who would do anything for anyone without batting an eye or asking for any compensation in return for his long hours in the sometimes very hot blacksmith shop. His impact on the countless amounts of children through educational programming or lessons to visitors from all around the world remains unmatched and will never be forgotten. We will miss you more than you will ever know, Ben. Thank you for all of your help, wisdom, and guidance over the many years. We will release more information as it becomes available.
Why visit a battlefield? It gives us a sense of who the people who lived in this place actually were and what they cared enough about to die for. History connects to the living culture – its all around us, under our feet, part of the landscape. It is just a matter of opening our eyes and allowing it to teach. – paraphrased from NY Times Travel, 10/12/14, page 13.
Battlefields honor those who fought and died for their ideals, their homes, and their families. It also ensures that both the tragedies of war and our nation’s hard-won advances are never forgotten. – NPS’ American Battlefield Protection Program mission
- Philly.com Readers’ Choice 2015: Big Historical Significance, Small Crowds.
- Brandywine Battlefield will be one of the six museum experiences featured in the new Museum of the American Revolution. Read it’s description here.
- The New York Times: 36 Hours USA & Canada. Featured as a top tourist destination in the United States and Canada.
- West Chester & Chadds Ford Life Fall-Winter 2014: Four page article: “Ten interesting facts to learn at the Brandywine Battlefield”.
- Daily Local News Readers Choice Winner: Chester County’s Best 2013.
- Philadelphia Magazine Best of Philly 2013: Best Stacation West Chester.
- West Chester & Chadds Ford Life Fall-Winter 2013: Four page feature article.
- BBC production in 2013: ‘Michael Palin on Wyeth’. View this one hour show on YouTube by clicking here.
On September 11, 1777, approximately thirty thousand British and American soldiers fought in the Chadds Ford area in what is known as the Battle of the Brandywine. On that warm day, musket and cannon fire echoed over the rolling hills of the Brandywine valley and changed the landscape and views of its inhabitants for years after. This historically rich environment located in Delaware County, Pennsylvania represents many aspects of American life, especially in the 18th century. It enlightens visitors of the importance of this area in the early days of our nation’s birth and instills the ideas that we strive to preserve in todays world. Today, the Brandywine Battlefield historic site sits on 46.5 acres of the location that was the Continental encampment and offers many different programs and tours to the public in order to bolster the appreciation for historical thinking and preservation. We invite all to come to the park to learn with us about the largest land battle of the American Revolution that often goes overlooked in the history books. We offer daily tours of Washington’s Headquarters, a twenty minute film on the battle, and a trip through our museum. Battlefield tours and special programs are also available. Please follow the links on this site for further information. The Brandywine Battlefield Park Associates thank everyone for their continuing support and look forward to seeing you soon!