Brandywine Battlefield

General Lafayette's Headquarters at the Brandywine Battlefield near Chadds Ford
The Battle of Brandywine, also known as the Battle of Brandywine Creek, was fought between the American army of General George Washington and the British army of General Sir William Howe on September 11, 1777. The British Army defeated the American Army and forced them to retreat Valley Forge. The engagement occurred near Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania during Howe's campaign to take Philadelphia. More troops fought at Brandywine than any other battle of the American Revolution. It was also the longest single-day battle of the war, with continuous fighting for 11 hours.

The Brandywine BattlefieldVisitors Center, just off Route 1 at Chadds Ford, is set amidst 50 acres of rolling park and woodlands. Inside are historical exhibits of uniforms, weapons and artifacts found on the battleground. On the park grounds, not far from the center are both Washington's headquarters (the Ring House) and Lafayette's quarters (Gideon Gilpin's farm house).
Reenactment at the Brandywine Battlefield


May through June 13, Education Programs, Colonial Days, Group Tours only. Call with questions. Hope to open in June but call first.

June 14 through August, Open Tuesday through Saturday 9 AM through 4 PM, Sunday noon through 4 PM. Closed Monday.

September and October, Open Wednesday through Saturday 9 AM through 4 PM, Sunday noon through 4 PM. Closed Monday & Tuesday.

November, Open Thursday through Saturday 9 AM through 4 PM, Sunday noon through 4 PM. Closed Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

December until Christmas Eve, Open Friday and Saturday 9 AM through 4 PM, Sunday noon through 4 PM. Closed Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Day after Christmas through March 11, 2017, Closed but special tours and programs can be arranged by contacting the Director of Education at

Holidays, Closed Easter Sunday, all Monday holidays, Independence Day, Thanksgiving and day after, Christmas Eve and day.

The park is free to walk around and use.  There are outdoor picnic areas and restrooms located in the Visitor’s Center.  No fires permitted on the grounds.  Large picnic groups (10+) must schedule ahead of time and pay a grounds use fee of $35 at the Visitor’s Center.  Weddings and wedding photography use must pay a fee of $50.

Washington’s Headquarters Tour

Washington’s HQ tours start per below and continue every hour except noon, with our last tour offered at 3 PM.

Weekdays when open thru Saturday: 10 AM, 11 AM, 1 PM, 2 PM, 3 PM
Sunday: 1 PM, 2 PM, 3 PM

House Tour, Museum, and Film Package:
-$8.00 Adults
-$7.00 Seniors, AAA, AARP, Veterans
-$5.00 Children (6-12)
-Free Children under 6, Active military with ID

Battlefield Tours

For field trips and group tours call Andrew Outten at 610-459-3342 or email him at
Groups fewer than eight adults: $15 per person.
Multiple passenger cars: call for pricing.
Larger groups: a flat rate of $100.

We only provide the guide for Battlefield Tours. It is the visiting group’s responsibility to provide transportation.  For up to 5 cars, the guide can lead and use a cellphone to teleconference with the others.  Please mute your phone.  The tour does a 1 to 1.5 hour, 24 mile loop of the battlefield.  Half way along the route is Northbrook Market Place where lunch may be had.  For a bus or van wanting boxed lunches, order in advance at Shoo Mama’s for delivery to the battlefield visitor’s center prior to departing.  There are picnic tables in the battlefield park near the visitor’s center.

There are stops on the main battlefield tour: Old Kennett Meetinghouse, Birmingham Friends Meetinghouse, Birmingham Hill, Sandy Hollow, and 1704 Brinton House.  They each accommodate about 20 cars.  One up to approximately 20 passenger van could park.  Meetinghouse services are Sunday mornings so no parking then, or when special events are held there.

Visitor’s Center: Open until 4 PM each day the park is open.

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