“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
West Chester in Chester County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Sandy Hollow Heritage Park

Sandy Hollow Heritage Park Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Carl Gordon Moore Jr., September 28, 2021
1. Sandy Hollow Heritage Park Marker
Inscription.  Welcome to Sandy Hollow, part of the Brandywine Battlefield National Historic Landmark. On September 11, 1777, the Continental Army was positioned here to stop the advance of British forces intending to march to Philadelphia to capture the city. This vista of meadow and patches of forest remains much as it was during the colonists' struggle for independence from Britain.

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Please be respectful of your fellow trail users and park neighbors during your visit.

1. Use of the 1.1 mile trail is at your own risk.
2. Enjoy use of the trail during daylight hours only.
3. The trail is designed for pedestrians. Please stay on the footpath.
4. Bicycles and motorized recreational vehicles are prohibited.
5. Dogs are permitted when kept on a leash. Remove all pet waste from the trail.
6. Leave No Trace! Help maintain the natural beauty of this area by carrying out what you carry in.
7. Lock your vehicle and do not leave valuables in view.
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In the chaos of battle, a key to an army's likely success was keeping the line of soldiers and musket
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fire intact. A symbol of regimental pride, a flag marked the position of the regiment on the smoke-filled, noisy battlefjeld.

Photo Courtesy of Dan Hill

The Brandywine flag was a banner carried by Captain Robert Wilson's company of the 7th Pennsylvania Regiment. The company flag received the name after it was used in the Battle of the Brandywine. The flag is red, with a red and white American flag image in the canton.

Some stories indicate that the flag may have flown earlier at the Battle of Cooch's Bridge in Delaware on September 3, 1777. Captain Wilson may have also brought it to the Battle of Paoli (9/21/1777) and the Battle of Germantown (10/4/1777).
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Revolutionary. A significant historical date for this entry is September 11, 1777.
Location. 39° 54.229′ N, 75° 34.705′ W. Marker is in West Chester, Pennsylvania, in Chester County. Marker is on S. New Street, 0.1 miles north of Birmingham Road, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1325 S New Street, West Chester PA 19382, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Battle of Brandywine (within shouting distance of this marker); Sandy Hollow (within shouting distance of this marker); Brandywine Battlefield A Commonwealth Treasure
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(about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Brandywine (approx. 0.4 miles away); American Battlefield Trust (approx. half a mile away); a different marker also named Brandywine (approx. half a mile away); William Darlington Birthplace (approx. 0.6 miles away); Dilworthtown (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in West Chester.
Credits. This page was last revised on October 8, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 30, 2021, by Carl Gordon Moore Jr. of North East, Maryland. This page has been viewed 228 times since then and 53 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on September 30, 2021, by Carl Gordon Moore Jr. of North East, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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Nov. 29, 2023