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West Chester in Chester County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Marshall Square Park

 
 
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By Keith S Smith, March 21, 2011
1. Marshall Square Park Marker
Inscription.  West Chester’s first public square, dedicated in 1848. Recognized in the late 19th century for having one of the best collections of trees and shrubs with 160 distinct species. Named in honor of Humphry Marshall (1722 – 1801), a world-renowned botanist from Chester County and cousin of John Bartram. In 1764, Marshall constructed a conservatory on his farm for the culture of rare plants. His definitive book on native American trees and shrubs, Arbustrum Americanum is recognized as the first treatise written by an American on American plants. His home still stands in the village of Marshallton.
 
Erected by Friends of Marshall Square Park with approval by the Borough of West Chester.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureHorticulture & ForestryScience & Medicine. A significant historical year for this entry is 1848.
 
Location. 39° 57.883′ N, 75° 36.276′ W. Marker is in West Chester, Pennsylvania, in Chester County. Marker is at the intersection of East Biddle Street and North Matlack Street, on the
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By Keith S Smith, March 21, 2011
2. Marshall Square Park Marker
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left when traveling east on East Biddle Street. Southwest corner of Marshall Square Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: West Chester PA 19380, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 97th Regiment of Pennsylvania Volunteers Memorial (here, next to this marker); General Lafayette (within shouting distance of this marker); Marquis De LaFayette (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); David Townsend House (about 600 feet away); Simon Barnard Row (about 600 feet away); G. Raymond Rettew (approx. 0.2 miles away); Woman's Rights Convention of 1852 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Historic West Chester, Pennsylvania Building (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in West Chester.
 
Regarding Marshall Square Park. The town of Marshallton is approximately 3 miles west of West Chester.
 
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Also see . . .
1. Humphry Marshall (1785) Arbustrum Americanum. American Philosophical Society online exhibit (Submitted on March 23, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.) 

2. Friends of Marshall Square Park. (Submitted on December 10, 2011, by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania.)
3. Wikipedia entry for Humphry Marshall. (Submitted on December 27, 2011, by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania.)
4. Long lost park fountain to be restored
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on March 22, 2011, by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,026 times since then and 7 times this year. Last updated on October 25, 2015, by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 22, 2011, by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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