“Let All Who Enter Here Leave Care Behind”

Today’s featured book by Mark R. Lawlor details the life and times of a Progressive Era amusement park known as Brandywine Springs, which was nestled in the rolling hills between Newport and Hockessin in northern Delaware. The land which later became the Brandywine Springs Amusement Park was very nearly the location of the Battle of Brandywine between the British and Continental Army. General George Washington and his war council met in what would become Brandywine Springs on September 8th, 1777 but decided to fall back northwest of Newport, Delaware to Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania to fight the British. The battle took place three days later and led to the Continental Army’s defeat and retreat to the hills of Valley Forge, Pennsylvania for the bitter winter of 1777.


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