199 p. front., illus., plates, ports., maps (1 fold.) facsims. 28 cm.
A 1909 tour of the towns and places near the west branch of the Brandywine Creek, it includes Honey Brook and the railroad that once ran through it, Coatesville, Hibernia, Icedale, West Chester, Chadds Ford, and many other sites in Chester County, northern Maryland, and Delaware.
"A beautiful volume containing over 600 full color illustrations of local advertising from around the Cocalico Valley. Included in the book is the history of the various newspapers that were published in the Cocalico Valley, a selection of 19th and early 20th century public auction broadsides, and an outstanding sampling of advertising ephemera of area businesses. Accompanying each advertising item is a detailed history of the business which it prompted. Businessesinclude: general merchandise and dry goods stores, drug stores, clothing and shoe stores, grocery stores, hardware stores and lumber yards, hotels, etc." [from the Journal of the Historical Society Of The Cocalico Valley]
v. 1. Allegheny Reformed Church, St. Gabriel's Church, Schwartzwald Church, Oley (Salem) Reformed Church, St. Paul's Church, Amityville, Robeson Church -- v. 2. Oley Hill Church, Longswamp, Exeter Monthly Meeting, Moselem Church, De Long's Reformed Church, Peter's Church, St. Paul's Congregation in Windsor Township -- v. 3. Friedens Union Church; Allemangel Lutheran Church; Blue Mountain Church (Upper Tulpehocken Township); Rosenthal, New Bethel, or Corner Church; Dunkel's Reformed Church; Windsor (Ziegal's) Church, Reed's Church; Bern Church; Tulpehocken or Christ Church (Jefferson Township); Host Church; Hains Church (Heidelberg, Cacusi, St. John's); Records of Rev. Waldschmidt -- v.4. First Reformed Congregation in Reading, Zion's or Spiess's Reformed and Lutheran Church, Selected pastoral records of John Casper Stoever, Atolheo Lutheran Church, Selected pastoral records of Rev. John Henry Helffrich, Christ Church on Bieber Creek (Mertz), Old Northkill Lutheran Church (Friedens) - v. 5. Greenwich Union (or New Bethel Zion Church), Pinegrove Township, Trinity Lutheran Church, Reading.
Handwritten autobiography of Thomas Welsh, written in third person. Text sketches his military career through the Battle of South Mountain. This is an unfinished draft, with portions crossed out. Initially written in July 1862 while he was at Hilton Head, South Carolina then the section about Acquia Creek, Virginia and South Mountain, Maryland were added in pencil after the Battle of South Mountain, September 14, 1862.
Thomas Welsh (1824-1863) was a Lancaster County native (born and raised in Columbia), who rose from hardscrabble origins to local fame, first as a Mexican War hero, and then as a brigadier general during the Civil War. He was well known and well respected as a no nonsense officer, for his leadership and gallantry in battle, for his dedication to the service of his country, and for his concern for the welfare of his men. See MG0828 for more biographical information.
Provenance: Passed down through the family, Blanton Charles Welsh to Emilie Benson (Welsh) Wiggin to Nancy Jane (Wiggin) Townsend. Acquired from: Chuck Townsend, Knoxville, Tennessee, 2016/05/15.
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"Mr. Canby has made this book strictly the history of the river, the story of what the Brandywine has meant to him and to others. It is not state or military or city history, but river history in its relations to American life....Henry Seidel Canby, the author, known for many years as a critic and authority on American literature, was born on the Brandywine and his family has lived on its banks for generations. He writes of the river from a great warmth of personal affection. The Brandywine is a little river of big events. New Sweden was founded at its mouth in the seventeenth century; William Penn's Quakers settled on its banks; and the greatest chemical company in the world, the Dupont Corporation, began in its narrow gorges. At the mouth of the Brandywine the first log cabins were built and the first prairie schooner was devised to haul grain to its flour mills. During the Revolution Washington fought across the fords of the Brandywine and, defeated because of his ignorance of geography, still conducted a masterful retreat. In The Brandywine are pictures of the brilliant refugee society of Wilmington at the time of the last great cycle of European wars, of the plantation life of the iron masters in the hills from which the river flows, and of the unusual Quaker society which made a culture of its own in the river valley. " [from the dust jacket]
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