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

The Paoli Memorial Association

 
 
The Paoli Memorial Association Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 6, 2008
1. The Paoli Memorial Association Marker
Inscription. Since 1896, the 22-acre tract that is the final resting place for the victims of the Paoli Massacre has been under the watchcare and protection of the Paoli Memorial Association. In 1896, a small group of citizens petitioned the Court of Chester County to assume care for the burial site and received a charter as The Paoli Memorial Association, a perpetual corporation to hold, improve, and preserve the land.

While the grounds are within the Borough of Malvern, the entire tract is privately maintained and protected by life memberships and contributions. Appropriations from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania have made possible the gatehouse (1922), the reproduced wall around the 1817 Monument (1964), the grandstand built upon old stones from the 1834 Columbia Railroad (1957). Regular and generous contributions from the Borough of Malvern have assisted with maintenance of the property.

The Malvern Park and Civic Association, organized in 1947 for the purpose of creating a recreation area at the Paoli Memorial Grounds, continues to provide stewardship to various recreational activities. On land leased from the Paoli Memorial Association, picnic areas, tennis courts and playgrounds are currently maintained by the Malvern Park and Civic Association. The ball fields are also leased from the Paoli Memorial Association and are maintained
Marker on the Paoli Battlefield image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 6, 2008
2. Marker on the Paoli Battlefield
by area baseball and softball organizations.

Sidebar: The Boy Scout Cabin on the Paoli Memorial Grounds, was constructed in 1957 under the auspices of the Park and Civic Association. The Boy Scout cabin has a stepping-stone that came from an older cabin situated along Warren Avenue, southeast of the monuments. The cabin from which the stone originated was the eighteenth century home of Ezekiel Bowen whose family deeded the gravesites in 1832.
 
Erected by Paoli Memorial Association.
 
Location. 40° 1.81′ N, 75° 31.249′ W. Marker is in Malvern, Pennsylvania, in Chester County. Marker is on Monument Avenue, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is on the Paoli Battlefield. Marker is in this post office area: Malvern PA 19355, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Massacre Farm / 19th Century House (within shouting distance of this marker); Malvern Memorial Parade (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Malvern Area World War I Memorial (about 400 feet away); Paoli Veterans Monument (about 500 feet away); Malvern World War II Memorial (about 500 feet
Wall Around the 1817 Monument image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 6, 2008
3. Wall Around the 1817 Monument
This wall is one of the improvements made to the Paoli Grounds by the Paoli Memorial Association.
away); Paoli (about 500 feet away); Site of the Paoli Massacre (about 500 feet away); “Remember Paoli!” (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Malvern.
 
More about this marker. The upper right of the marker contains a picture of the Boy Scout cabin on the Paoli Grounds, courtesy of Boy Scout Troop 7. The bottom of the marker features a photo of the baseball field, courtesy of Helen Behter. The obverse and reverse of a Paoli bicentennial medal also appear on the marker. It has an inscription of “We who tread this hallowed ground 200 years later have not forgotten.”
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. This series of markers follow the walking trail of the Paoli Battlefield.
 
Also see . . .
1. Background to the Battle of Paoli. Paoli Battlefield website. (Submitted on November 18, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

2. The Battle of Paoli (Massacre) September 21, 1777 at Malvern, Pennsylvania. The American Revolutionary War website. (Submitted on November 18, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
Boy Scout Cabin on Paoli Grounds image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 6, 2008
4. Boy Scout Cabin on Paoli Grounds
This cabin, used by Malvern Troop 7 of the Boy Scouts of America, is located on the western part of the Paoli Grounds.
 
 
Categories. Notable PlacesWar, US Revolutionary
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 18, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,341 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 18, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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