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Chadds Ford in Delaware County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Lafayette’s Headquarters

 
 
Lafayette’s Headquarters Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 6, 2008
1. Lafayette’s Headquarters Marker
Inscription.
Sept. 10th and 11th 1777
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Delaware County
Historical Society
Sept. 10th 1910

 
Erected 1910 by Delaware County Historical Society.
 
Location. Marker has been reported missing. It was located near 39° 52.42′ N, 75° 34.272′ W. Marker was in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, in Delaware County. Marker was on Baltimore Pike (U.S. 1), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker was in Brandywine Battlefield Park. Marker was in this post office area: Chadds Ford PA 19317, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. The National Arborist Association (within shouting distance of this marker); Casimir Pulaski (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Gideon Gilpin House (about 400 feet away); In Memory of Those Who Served in the Armed Forces (about 500 feet away); Battle of Brandywine (approx. 0.3 miles away); Kuerner Farm (approx. 0.3 miles away); Christian C. Sanderson (approx. 0.4 miles away); To Honor All Who Served in the Founding, Defense, and Preservation of Our Great Country (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chadds Ford.
 
Also see . . .
1. Marquis de LaFayette
Marker in Brandywine Battlefield Park image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 6, 2008
2. Marker in Brandywine Battlefield Park
. LaFayette web page. (Submitted on November 6, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

2. Lafayette's Quarters. Brandywine Battlefield website. (Submitted on November 6, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

3. The Battle of Brandywine. September 11, 1777 at Brandywine, Pennsylvania. The American Revolutionary War website. (Submitted on November 6, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. Missing Marker...so to speak:
This marker had been reported missing…it is not “missing” the story of its demise is much worse. The marker has been pushed over, but not by vandals that is easily fixed, but by “officials” of the state. It seems some historians at the Pennsylvania Parks Department have debunked the whole Lafayette had a Headquarters in the Gilpen house theory. So on a routine visit to the park they toppled the marker stone on its face. The marker and stone are there, but the bronze plaque is now facing the dirt, and grass is growing around the edges of the stone. I fully intend to ask my state senator to look into this, as this marker is on my “home turf”.
    — Submitted July 19, 2016,
Lafayette’s Headquarters image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 6, 2008
3. Lafayette’s Headquarters
The Marquis de LaFayette made this house his headquarters prior to the Battle of Brandywine, his first action in the Revolutionary War.
by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania.

 
Categories. Notable BuildingsNotable PersonsWar, US Revolutionary
 
Gideon Gilpin House image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 6, 2008
4. Gideon Gilpin House
During his 1824-25 visit to the United States, Lafayette visited Gideon Gilpin in this house to thank him for his hospitality back in 1777.
Lafayette’s Headquarters & Toppled Marker Stone image. Click for full size.
By Keith S Smith, July 14, 2016
5. Lafayette’s Headquarters & Toppled Marker Stone
The stone in the foreground is the marker stone. The marker is facing the dirt and permission to upright the stone has not yet been granted. It was put this way by an official of the parks department..the folks at the Brandywine Battlefield Park had nothing to do with it...see my comments also on this page.
Toppled Marker Stone image. Click for full size.
By Keith S Smith, July 14, 2016
6. Toppled Marker Stone
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 22, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 6, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,406 times since then and 63 times this year. Last updated on June 8, 2010, by Arthur Cleveland of Lake Worth, Florida. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 6, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   5, 6. submitted on July 19, 2016, by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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