Revolutionary War Sycamore

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Revolutionary War Sycamore

This mighty sycamore was a young tree at the time of the Revolutionary War. It lives beside the Gilpin Homestead – a staging area for the Americans during the Battle of the Brandywine in 1777. This strong and beautiful tree represents the will to survive and thrive of those early colonists.

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The Gilpin farmstead in Chadds Ford, PA was a prime staging area for the Americans in the Battle of the Brandywine in 1777. The Quaker farmer and his family worked hard to restore their property after the 30,000 British and American soldiers finally left the area. It took the once prosperous Gilpin family years to recover. This mighty sycamore was a young tree then. Today it is a state-recognized historical tree and its survival and beauty is well appreciated.

Charge of the Lancers

Nearby, in the woods surrounding this home, is another sycamore – not as beautiful, but just as critical for it is holding the violence of war in place, part of the effort of the nature spirits – and humans – to never let just a disaster occur again.

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