Jun 302016
 
Did you know that without a ship during the winter of 1776-77, the ever resourceful John Barry lead a battery of naval artillery at the battle of Princeton?  Join us on Monday, February 13th as we find out more about the man regarded as “the Father of the American Navy” and proudly welcome noted author Tim McGrath as he presents his talk on his award winning book John Barry: An American Hero in the Age of Sail.
The Naval Order of the United States has announced that Give Me a Fast Ship has won the 2016 Samuel Eliot Morison Award for Naval Literature. Give Me a Fast Ship has won the Commodore Barry Book Award for Maritime Literature, presented by the Navy League of the United States, New York Council. McGrath is the first author to win this honor twice.  Give Me a Fast Ship won the Marion Brewington Award for Naval Literature (sponsored by the Maryland Historical Society), the Military Order of St. Louis,.  It has also won the American Revolution Round Table of New York Book of the Year Award, and the 2010 Book of the Year at the American Revolution Round Table of Philadelphia.

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The all inclusive admission price is $49 per person which includes the 18th century American Fare Buffet, all soft beverages and coffee, family style sweets during the question and answer session, all tax and gratuities, the lecture, and a donation to help support the Paoli Battlefield Historical Park.

Your admission also includes a raffle ticket for a chance to win a night’s stay at the General Warren Inne. There will be one winner drawn at each lecture.

 The man regarded as “the Father of the American Navy” returns to the quarterdeck in John Barry: An American Hero in the Age of Sail, the first comprehensive biography of this legendary officer in generations. Son of a hardscrabble Irish farmer from County Wexford, Barry was sent to sea as a child, arriving in Philadelphia during the restless decade before the American Revolution. Brave and ambitious, he ascended the ratlines to become a successful merchant captain at a young age, commanding the most prestigious ship in the colonies and recording the fastest known day of sail in the century.

John Barry by Tim McGrathVolunteering to fight for the Continental cause, Barry saw his star rise during the War for Independence. As captain of the Lexington, Raleigh, and Alliance, Barry faced down broadsides, mutinies, and even a fleet of icebergs. He captured the first enemy warship taken by a Continental vessel and fought the last battle of the American Revolution. His hard-won victory over two British warships simultaneously garnered him international notoriety, while his skill as a seafarer and cool temper established Barry as a worthy foe among British captains. Without a ship during the winter of 1776-77, the ever resourceful Barry lead a battery of naval artillery at the battle of Princeton. With peace came a historic voyage to China, where Barry helped open trade with that reclusive empire. In 1794, President Washington named Barry as the first commissioned officer in the new United States Navy. Given the title of commodore, Barry ended his career during America’s naval war with France, teaching the ropes to a new generation of officers, most notably Stephen Decatur.

Drawn from primary source documents from around the world, John Barry: An American Hero in the Age of Sail by Tim McGrath brings the story of this self-made American back to life in a major new biography.

Tim McGrath (BA History, Temple University ’74) is a business executive who lives outside of Philadelphia. He has served on the board of directors of Independence Seaport Museum, Fort Mifflin on the Delaware, New Courtland Elder Services, the Kearsley Retirement Community (founded by Benjamin Franklin’s physician), Philadelphia Senior Centers, and Christ Church Hospital. His many interests, including tennis, horseback riding, and sailing, are limited only by creaking knees and a fickle rotator cuff.

Over the years he has written articles on management, U.S. history, and healthcare issues for various newspapers and magazines. With his son, Ted (an award-winning freelance illustrator), he wrote Travels with the Commodore, a children’s book published for the Philadelphia Port Authority’s community reading program. Despite his terrible typing, he’s at work on a new biography on James Monroe for NAL/Penguin Books.

Jun 292016
 

NEW LECTURE DATE: March 20th.  Do you think the battlefield is haunted?  Come out for our lecture and presentation and see for yourself that some things that happen there defy easy explanation.  Join us on Monday, March 20, 2017 as we welcome back our paranormal expert, Laurie Hull.  Laurie will reveal the results from our paranormal tours of the Paoli Battlefield which took place in May and October of 2016.  These tours have shown that there is a tremendous amount of paranormal activity all over the battlefield!  She will present photos, recordings, and personal experiences submitted by her team and those who attended. These tours have showed that we have paranormal activity all around the battlefield from photos, recordings, and personal experiences.  You can also make plans to join us on our next paranormal tour (http://pbpfinc/tour).

Our lectures have proved to be very popular and we strongly recommend that you book your seat now. 

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The all inclusive admission price is $49 per person which includes the 18th century American Fare Buffet, all soft beverages and coffee, family style sweets during the question and answer session, all tax and gratuities, the lecture, and a donation to help support the Paoli Battlefield Historical Park.

Your admission also includes a raffle ticket for a chance to win a night’s stay at the General Warren Inne. There will be one winner drawn at each lecture.ARLS_Hull

Laurie has written several books on paranormal activity Brandywine Valley Ghosts: Haunts of Southeastern PennsylvaniaPhilly’s Main Line HauntsSupernatural Pennsylvania, and Supernatural Mid-Atlantic.  She is also director and founding member of Tri County Paranormal.

Laurie Hull is a psychic medium who became aware of her abilities at a very young age because she lived in a haunted home in Delaware County, PA. She was born and raised in Pennsylvania and enjoys living near so many historic and haunted places.

Through her attempt to deal with the violent and negative spirit that inhabited her grandmother’s home, she developed her psychic abilities. She also began reading every book she could find on the supernatural and the paranormal that she could find.

She continued her studies of the paranormal as she saw interest in it explode around her. Through it all she has mainatined a deep commitment to honesty and integrity in documentation of paranormal events. This led to the formation of a paranormal research group in 1991, which continues to be constantly booked with requests from homeowners and businesses for their help in understanding unexplained events happening at their properties.

The rest is history.  Since 1990, she has been teaching and counseling people all over the world, from The Phillipines to New York City. Today, she is a respected and accurate psychic medium and teaches her methods to others who are seeking answers.

Jun 282016
 

Did you know that during the 6 day siege at Fort Mifflin the 400 American’s inside the fort had only 10 cannon to defend against the British with 2000 troops, a fleet of ships, and 228 cannon?  It was a cold and wet November in 1777 at Fort Mifflin (Named after General Thomas Mifflin), a wood and stone structure located nine miles from center city Philadelphia, on a muddy island in the Delaware River. What happened here may well have changed American history. But few people are aware of it.

Join us on Monday, April 10th as we welcome Elizabeth Beatty, executive director of the National Historic Landmark Fort Mifflin.

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The all inclusive admission price is $49 per person which includes the 18th century American Fare Buffet, all soft beverages and coffee, family style sweets during the question and answer session, all tax and gratuities, the lecture, and a donation to help support the Paoli Battlefield Historical Park.

Your admission also includes a raffle ticket for a chance to win a night’s stay at the General Warren Inne. There will be one winner drawn at each lecture.

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Ariel View of Fort Mifflin

In 1777 (from November 10th to the 15th), British troops bombarded the 22-acre fort with more than 10,000 cannon balls, eventually destroying the structure.

Inside the fort, a cold, wet and hungry garrison of 400 men suffered 240 casualties in the effort. So short were the Americans on ammunition that anyone retrieving a cannonball that could be fired back was promised a gill of rum — about four ounces.

The weather hurt the Continental soldiers in another critical way. With unusually heavy rains flooding the back channel, two British ships were able to sail up the channel and bombard the fort’s only unfinished walls at point-blank range. British Marines even climbed up to the crow’s nest of the HMS Vigilant and threw hand grenades at soldiers inside the fort.

With the fort walls collapsing around them from the incredible shelling, most of the Americans evacuated after nightfall on November 15th, rowing with muffled oars across the river to nearby Fort Mercer (now part of Redbank Battlefield Park, Gloucester, New Jersey).

The 40 men remaining at Fort Mifflin set fire to what was left of the structure, and then joined their comrades. But they left the fort’s flag flying, and they never surrendered.

Sinking of the HMS Agusta

Sinking of the HMS Agusta

Biggest Boom: The explosion of the 64-gun HMS Augusta in the Delaware River in October 1777 after running aground and being fired on by Americans at Fort Mifflin and Fort Mercer. Author Tom Paine, of “Common Sense” fame, who was on the road between Germantown and Whitemarsh, wrote to Ben Franklin that the sound was “like the peal of a hundred cannon at once.” The Augusta was the largest ship ever lost by the British to the Americans in two wars.

What they accomplished: The troops at Fort Mifflin bottled up 250 British ships in the Delaware River for about six weeks, destroying several — and preventing food, clothing, gunpowder and munitions from reaching the British army in Philadelphia.

By holding “to the last extremity,” as General George Washington had ordered, the men at Fort Mifflin gave Washington time to move his exhausted troops to Valley Forge for the winter — and very possibly saved the country.

After the war, Fort Mifflin was rebuilt. It served as a prison during the Civil War, and a naval munitions depot during World War I and II. Beth Beatty, who became executive director in 2010, views the fort as a veteran who has served and sacrificed for the country over an extended period of time.

 

For donations to Fort Mifflin, or to volunteer, go to: www.FortMifflin.us, or call 215-685-4167.

Jun 272016
 

What did the soldiers write about at Valley Forge?  Would you be surprised by a letter stating the huts were comfortable, or another that said that they have Milk and Sugar in plenty?  Soldiers shared their views through letters they wrote at this encampment and it shows Come and join us on Monday, May 8th as noted author and researcher Dr. Nancy K. Loane shares Soldiers Stories: Letters from the Valley Forge Encampment.

 

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The all inclusive admission price is $49 per person which includes the 18th century American Fare Buffet, all soft beverages and coffee, family style sweets during the question and answer session, all tax and gratuities, the lecture, and a donation to help support the Paoli Battlefield Historical Park.

Your admission also includes a raffle ticket for a chance to win a night’s stay at the General Warren Inne. There will be one winner drawn at each lecture.

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Washington and Lafayette at Valley Forge

Letters written by the soldiers tell the story of Valley Forge like this one from Johann de Kalb to Comte de Broglie, Valley Forge, Christmas Day 1777 which says …it is very certain that half the army is almost naked, in a great measure bare-footed.” The army trudged into winter quarters at the “Forge in the Valley” less than a week before Christmas. The situation was grim: On 23 December Washington reported to Congress that his soldiers had to “…occupy a cold bleak hill and sleep under frost and Snow without Cloaths or Blankets…” The Continental Army struggled to get adequate clothing, shoes, blankets, food and supplies to the soldiers for the entire encampment period. Although the Connecticut troops were well supplied, the other states did not or could not send sufficient clothing for their men. Furthermore, the supply roads were treacherous, horses and wagons scarce, wagon drivers few. Clothing supplies were lost or stolen in transit. With inadequate clothing and shoes, the soldiers were unable to leave their huts to stand guard duty, go on foraging duty, or drill under Steuben. The clothing crisis ebbed in the spring with warmer weather, better roads, and a new quartermaster. But the “great deficiency of Blankets” continued through May.

 Dr. Nancy K. Loane, a former seasonal park ranger at Valley Forge National Historical Park, is a recognized authority on the women at the 1777-78 Valley Forge encampment. She is the author of several articles about the women at camp as well as the critically acclaimed book, Following the Drum: Women at the Valley Forge Encampment (Potomac Books, 2009). Described as “truly one of the great books on the Valley Forge encampment,” “not to be missed,” and “thoroughly researched and a compelling read,” Following the Drum received the American Revolution Round Table of Philadelphia’s “Best Book of the Year Award.”

An outstanding speaker, Nancy has presented more than 150 talks in eight states (including at the Library of Congress) on the women at the Valley Forge encampment, Martha Washington, and the Valley Forge encampment itself. Her fascinating, fun, fact-filled talks—all thoroughly grounded in primary research— bring history to life.

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Dr. Nancy K. Loane

Nancy Loane, who has participated in four archaeological digs at Valley Forge National Historical Park, is a board member of The Friends of Valley Forge Park, an honorary life-time member of the Society of the Descendants of Washington’s Army at Valley Forge, and a founding member of the American Revolution Round Table of Philadelphia. A former Pennsylvania Commonwealth Speaker, she has appeared on several radio shows and on cable network shows, including C-Span and Pennsylvania Cable Network. Recently Nancy was featured on C-Span’s series on the first ladies, where she discussed Martha Washington’s role at Valley Forge.  Dr. Loane’s website is www.womenatvalleyforge.com.

Jun 262016
 

Celebrate the spirit of the American Revolution as we proudly welcome Charlie Zahm to the General Warren Inne for “An Evening of Patriotic Music” on Tuesday, July 18th, 2017.  Charlie will be joined by Tad Marks playing the fiddle on many of these songs.

Year after year, Charlie Zahm’s voice, musicianship, extensive musical repertoire, and stage presence make him one of the most popular performers at festivals, music events, house concerts, and many other venues.  Charlie Zahm brings the spirit of the American Revolution and the drama of the age to an audience like few musicians can. Whether he is singing the glories of gallant General Washington, an ode to the great new ideal of “Liberty,” songs of battles won or lost, or just popular selections of the times, Charlie calls on a robust baritone, mastery of guitar (and other instruments), and a seasoned approach to the art of “entertaining” to provide a program enjoyed by all.

Our lectures have proved to be very popular and we strongly recommend that you book your seat now. 

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Dine on heavy hors d’oeuvres in the outdoor Terrace (weather permitting) and relax and enjoy the sounds of ballads from days gone by.  This special summer soiree is easy on the purse at $39 per person, Alcoholic drinks are extra.  Included in your fee is all soft beverages and coffee, all tax and gratuities, the program, and a donation to help support the Paoli Battlefield Historical Park.

Your admission also includes a raffle ticket for a chance to win a night’s stay at the General Warren Inne. There will be one winner drawn at each lecture.

Charlie Zahm

Courtesy of charliezahm.com

While Charlie is one of the most popular and sought out soloists at Celtic music festivals, maritime, early American and hymn music events anywhere east of the Mississippi., one of his great passions is singing about our Founding; the struggle of men and women who sacrificed all-their lives, fortunes and sacred honor (as Jefferson wrote)-to create a sovereign new land based upon principles of law, governance, and freedom that had long been denied them.

Charlie’s strength in the study and interpretation of history (in fact, one of his University degrees is History) has led him through a life-long disciplined research of the period, and how it affected the body of music now so important to its understanding. But Charlie’s presentations are no lectures-but rather fun, interactive and powerful events that truly provide a window to the past through time-honored oral traditions of recitation and song.

Whether singing at an outdoor festival, a historic site (such as Philadelphia’s Independence Hall), a concert or convention, Charlie demonstrates that his vocal ability is rarely matched inside or outside traditional music, and his mastery of the guitar is the perfect complement to his vocal performance. Whether singing a great old forgotten period song or some rousing well-known sing-along from the Early Days of the Republic, in shows ranging from Philadelphia’s Olde City to the giant Spectrum, Charlie entertains with a great respect for both his audience and his chosen material.  You can keep up with Charlie Zahm by going to his website http://www.charliezahm.com/

Jun 212016
 

Celebrate the spirit of the American Revolution as we proudly welcome Charlie Zahm to the General Warren Inne for “An Evening of Colonial Music” on Tuesday, July 19th, 2016.

Year after year, Charlie Zahm’s voice, musicianship, extensive musical repertoire, and stage presence make him one of the most popular performers at festivals, music events, house concerts, and many other venues.  Charlie Zahm brings the spirit of the American Revolution and the drama of the age to an audience like few musicians can. Whether he is singing the glories of gallant General Washington, an ode to the great new ideal of “Liberty,” songs of battles won or lost, or just popular selections of the times, Charlie calls on a robust baritone, mastery of guitar (and other instruments), and a seasoned approach to the art of “entertaining” to provide a program enjoyed by all.

Our lectures have proved to be very popular and we strongly recommend that you book your seat now. 

Click here to go to the booking page.

Dine on heavy hors d’oeuvres in the outdoor Terrace (weather permitting) and relax and enjoy the sounds of ballads from days gone by.  This special summer soiree is easy on the purse at $39 per person, Alcoholic drinks are extra.  Included in your fee is all soft beverages and coffee, all tax and gratuities, the program, and a donation to help support the Paoli Battlefield Historical Park.

Your admission also includes a raffle ticket for a chance to win a night’s stay at the General Warren Inne. There will be one winner drawn at each lecture.

Charlie Zahm

Courtesy of charliezahm.com

While Charlie is one of the most popular and sought out soloists at Celtic music festivals, maritime, early American and hymn music events anywhere east of the Mississippi., one of his great passions is singing about our Founding; the struggle of men and women who sacrificed all-their lives, fortunes and sacred honor (as Jefferson wrote)-to create a sovereign new land based upon principles of law, governance, and freedom that had long been denied them.

Charlie’s strength in the study and interpretation of history (in fact, one of his University degrees is History) has led him through a life-long disciplined research of the period, and how it affected the body of music now so important to its understanding. But Charlie’s presentations are no lectures-but rather fun, interactive and powerful events that truly provide a window to the past through time-honored oral traditions of recitation and song.

Whether singing at an outdoor festival, a historic site (such as Philadelphia’s Independence Hall), a concert or convention, Charlie demonstrates that his vocal ability is rarely matched inside or outside traditional music, and his mastery of the guitar is the perfect complement to his vocal performance. Whether singing a great old forgotten period song or some rousing well-known sing-along from the Early Days of the Republic, in shows ranging from Philadelphia’s Olde City to the giant Spectrum, Charlie entertains with a great respect for both his audience and his chosen material.  You can keep up with Charlie Zahm by going to his website http://www.charliezahm.com/

 

 

 

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Jun 112016
 

Learn how on a warm September 11th morning, exactly 239 years ago, a mixed American army of Continental Troops, State Troops, and local Militia met and fought a British/German army on the banks of the Brandywine river. Much has been written about that battle, but little has been said about how these 12,000 Americans came to be armed when the common people in their mother countries were forbidden arms. What arms did they carry? Where did they come from? Were those arms as good as the arms carried by the British and German’s? How about their side arms and accouterments? In fact, what rights or laws allowed these British Citizens to even possess, manufacture, and carry these weapons?

Join us on Monday, September 12th as Local Historian Chris Reardon explains the evolution of old style guns and muskets from the 1630,s to the 1830’s.  Chris will also have some of these weapons there as well so you can see them along with accouterments from the era.

Our lectures have proved to be very popular and we strongly recommend that you book your seat now

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The all inclusive admission price is $49 per person which includes the 18th century American Fare Buffet, all soft beverages and coffee, family style sweets during the question and answer session, all tax and gratuities, the lecture, and a donation to help support the Paoli Battlefield Historical Park.

Your admission also includes a raffle ticket for a chance to win a night’s stay at the General Warren Inne. There will be one winner drawn at each lecture.

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Chris Reardon (in the Green Coat), at the Paoli Battlefield

Learn from local historian Chris Reardon as he presents an in-depth look at the evolution of hunting and military arms from the beginning of European settlement in the Delaware Valley, to the Valley’s impact on the arms used as the eastern settlements push westward.

See a collection of more than a dozen representative arms with hundreds of associated accouterments, and participate in discussions regarding the many myths, rights, and laws surrounding these arms  as we look at the evolution that helped win our freedom and carry us westward across the Mississippi.

Chris is a long time member of the East Goshen Historical Commission, an educator at the Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation and the Newlin Grist Mill, a Guide at Valley Forge, a previous member of the Paoli Battlefield Preservation Fund Board of Directors,  and has been a student of local and military history for over 40 years.

Jun 092016
 

We all think we know the story of Benjamin Franklin, we know the story of him flying a kite in a thunderstorm, but do you know the other inventions he worked on?   Join us on Monday, November 14th as we welcome Mike Kochan who will be presentation and demonstrating some of Benjamin Franklin’s Experiments.

Mike will be bring some reproductions of Franklin’s machines he used in his experiments as well as audience participation in some experiments to help tell the story of Benjamin Franklin’s involvement in these scientific experiments.

Our lectures have proved to be very popular and we strongly recommend that you book your seat now

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The all inclusive admission price is $49 per person which includes the 18th century American Fare Buffet, all soft beverages and coffee, family style sweets during the question and answer session, all tax and gratuities, the lecture, and a donation to help support the Paoli Battlefield Historical Park.

Your admission also includes a raffle ticket for a chance to win a night’s stay at the General Warren Inne. There will be one winner drawn at each lecture.

Mike’s presentation will show Franklin’s place in the history of the discoveries in electricity. The presentation will start with the Greeks, move to the seventeenth century then the eighteenth century and finish in mid eighteenth century with a demonstration of his famous kite experiment. The talk will use a combination of a power point as well as replicas of some of his experiments that the guests can do themselves bringing the history of developments in electricity to life.  Mike has the ability over the years to make museum quality examples of the technology of the eighteenth and nineteenth century technology and is currently portraying Franklin in venues that include children as well as adults.

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Ben Franklin aka Mike Kochan, which some of his experiments at the Paoli Battlefield.

Spring 2016 Paranormal Tour of the Paoli Battlefield

 

Private Paranormal Tour of the Paoli Battlefield

Join us on Saturday, May 14th, 2016 from 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm as Laurie Hull and her team from Tri-County Paranormal lead us on a paranormal investigation of the Paoli Battlefield.  This is a private tour and the Paoli Battlefield Historical Park will be CLOSED during the tour to all visitors.

Food, drink, and bathroom facilities will be provided at the battlefield.  Please bring along bug spray, flashlights, recorders, cameras, and dress properly for the season.  We will begin in the sun and end in the dark so please make sure that you bring warm clothing and appropriate footwear as we will be walking through trails in the woods and in grass fields.  You can also bring a chair if you want as we are going to be at several different locations throughout the battlefield.

We have discovered over the years many different “hot spots” of activity located along the trail and in other areas around the battlefield of the 9th deadliest battle of the Revolutionary War.

This battle was a midnight bayonet and sword attack by the British as they swept across the camp of Anthony Wayne in three waves that sent his continental troops off in a panic.  Many witness describe the attack and atrocities committed there by the British.

“I with my own Eyes, see them, cut & hack some of our poor Men to pieces after they had fallen in their hands and scarcely shew the least Mercy to any…”

Lt. Col. Adam Hubley, 10th PA Regiment

“…more than a dozen soldiers had with fixed bayonets formed a cordon round him, and that everyone of them in sport had indulged their brutal ferocity by stabbing him in different parts of his body and limbs … a physician … examining him there was found … 46 distinct bayonet wounds…”

William Hutchinson, Pennsylvania Militiaman

“The Enemy last Night at twelve o’clock attacked … Our Men just raised from Sleep, moved disorderly — Confusion followed … The Carnage was very great … this is a bloody Month.”

Col. Thomas Hartley, 1st PA Regiment

“The Annals of the Age Cannot Produce such another Scene of Butchery…”

Maj. Samuel Hay, 7th PA Regiment

52 soldiers from this battle are buried in a mass grave and there is one that is buried somewhere else in the battlefield.  Wayne’s troops were so incensed at the British atrocities that the coined one of our nations first battle cry “Remember Paoli”.

We invite you to take photographs and bring other equipment to the battlefield for this tour and we encourage you to share your photos or recordings with Laurie as she will use them in her presentation on March of 2017 at the General Warren Inne.  Please email your photos or recordings to info@rememberpaoli.org

You must sign a waver which you can download by going to the website link below and bring with you or you can sign and submit at the battlefield.  No admittance on tour without this signed waiver. 

The cost is $45 per person and you can use the donation link below in the website link to reserve your spot.  We will accept cash and checks the night  of the event, but all credit or debit cards must use the pay pal link in order to gain admission.