I am really lucky to live in an area that is so rich in history. One of my favorite places is the historic town of Dilworthtown, in Chester Country, Pa.
This is the Dilworthtown Country Store. It was built in the 1700′s, and was once, one of the oldest operating country stores in America. Village founder, James Dilworth, ran a blacksmith shop, and built this store across the road, where he sold a number of essentials, according to documents and diaries.
In 1758, Dilworth built a brick house, the original section of the Dilworthtown Inn, for his 11 children. Today it’s a popular restaurant.
After Dilworth’s death, in 1769, his son Charles applied for a tavern liscense. According to legend, in 1777, the first American flag ever carried into battle alllegedly flew from the tavern before it was taken into the Sept. 11 Battle of the Brandywine, the Revolutionary War’s largest military engagement. At the end of the battle, the victorious British occupied and looted and damaged the buildings. The family lost cattle, horses, hogs, sheep, salt, hay, china and pewter, and more. Charles Dilworth noted on a claim sheet, the loss of “time of a servant lad”, Patrick Kelley, 14 years old. He apparently ran off with the British when they left the village on Sept. 16, 1777.
Just a couple of weeks ago, the tavern was restored and opened as a restaurant. Can’t wait to try it!
I think I might have mentioned this before, but I want to say it again. I know that there are some of you that read my blog, but have never left a comment. I know it’s a hard thing to do, putting your words out there for all to read, but, hey, give it a try. It’s not really hard at all, and once you’ve done it, it gets much easier, the next time. Imagine how I felt, starting my own blog, and always hoping that the things I write about will interest others. So, please, don’t leave without saying hello. I would love to hear from you. Really. I would.
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