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Wyncote in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Church Road and Washington Lane Historic Crossroad

 
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., April 14, 2019
1. Church Road and Washington Lane Historic Crossroad Marker
Inscription.  

At this crossroad, on October 3-4, 1777, the New Jersey and Maryland Militia of the Continental Army, marching down Church Road, turned toward Germantown to attack the British right flank.

On December 6-7, 1777, the whole British Army marched over Washington Lane, then known as Abington Road, to Jenkintown and Edge Hill, threatening Washington's Army encamped on the hills beyond the Whitemarsh Valley.

During the night of May 18-19, 1778, a British force of about 7000 passed over Church Road in their almost successful attempt to encircle and capture an American detachment under Lafayette at Barren Hill.

At Camp William Penn, on the slope to the south, Lt. Col. Louis Wagner trained nine regiments of Negro soldiers during the Civil War. On the eminence beyond formerly stood "Ogontz," the great mansion of Jay Cooke, financier of that war.
 
Erected 1949 by Thomas Leiper Chapter, National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Daughters of the American Revolution marker series.
 
Location.

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By William Fischer, Jr., April 14, 2019
2. Church Road and Washington Lane Historic Crossroad Marker
40° 5.027′ N, 75° 8.516′ W. Marker is in Wyncote, Pennsylvania, in Montgomery County. Marker is at the intersection of Washington Lane (Pennsylvania Route 73) and Church Road (Pennsylvania Route 73), on the right when traveling north on Washington Lane. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Wyncote PA 19095, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Cyrus H. K. Curtis (approx. 0.4 miles away); Shoemaker-Bosler Mill Site (approx. 0.8 miles away); Beth Sholom Synagogue (approx. 0.8 miles away); First Assembly of Abington Friends Meeting (approx. 0.8 miles away); Wall House (The Ivy) (approx. 0.8 miles away); a different marker also named Shoemaker-Bosler Mill Site (approx. 0.8 miles away); St. Paul's Episcopal Church (approx. one mile away); Camp William Penn (approx. 1.2 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. Battle of Germantown. (Submitted on April 14, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Camp William Penn. (Submitted on April 14, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Cooke and Chief Ogontz. (Submitted on April 14, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. At Jay Cooke's Ogontz Estate. (Submitted on April 14, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Fraternal or Sororal OrganizationsPatriots & PatriotismWar, US CivilWar, US Revolutionary
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on April 14, 2019. This page originally submitted on April 14, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 43 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 14, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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