Mission

Brandywine Battlefield Park is administered by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) in partnership with the Brandywine Battlefield Park Associates. Click the following link to visit the PHMC website.

The Commonwealth of PA established this commemorative park in 1949.  The Park Associates formed in 1979.  Due to state budget cutbacks to PHMC in the summer of 2009, staffs were furloughed at nine sites including this park. PHMC continues upkeep and maintenance. The Park Associates have raised funds to operate the site and recruited volunteers for tours.

Brandywine Battlefield National Historic Landmark encompasses over 50 square miles covering 15 municipalities in two counties.  The Park Associates take the lead role in interpreting the battlefield to visitors and also participates in efforts to preserve the entire National Historic Landmark.

We legally exist as the Brandywine Battlefield Park Associates, Inc., an IRS 501(c)(3) non-profit volunteer group.

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PHMC Official Brandywine Battlefield Park Mission Statement 2/2015:
Brandywine Battlefield Park serves the educational needs of the public through the preservation of the cultural landscape and the interpretation of the largest single day battle of the American Revolution. The Brandywine Battlefield Park Associates, a non-profit community-based organization, supports and assists the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission by conducting the daily operations of the site.

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The Brandywine Battlefield Park preserves and interprets for visitors and citizens the Battle of Brandywine and its impact on the course and outcome of the American Revolution, focusing on the Philadelphia Campaign, and the Battle’s effect on the local community.

Goals
To present educational programs, exhibits, tours, events and publications that broaden public understanding and appreciation of the significance of the Battle of Brandywine within the larger social, political, economic, technological and military context of the American Revolution period.

Major themes:

  • The strategy, tactics, action and participants in the Battle, within the context of the Philadelphia campaign.
  • The impact of the Battle in the larger arena of the American Revolution.
  • The social, economic and political consequences of the Battle for local residents, who were predominantly pacifist Quakers.
  • The roles played by prominent individuals such as Washington, Lafayette, and other leaders in the British and American forces, as well as various groups such as Hessians, Quakers, and African Americans.
  • Provide community recreational space and an area for “living history” through creative use of the Brandywine Battlefield Park landscape, buildings and artifacts.

To take lead responsibility for interpretation of, and participate in efforts to preserve, the entire Battlefield National Historic Landmark, of which Brandywine Battlefield Park is only a small part, recognizing the significance of these ten square miles where approximately 30,000 men fought.

To sustain a strong partnership between PHMC, the Brandywine Battlefield Park Associates and other groups whose valued guidance and support enhance the mission and goals of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.