Chester County Archives is pleased to announce that the interactive 1777 Chester County Atlas is now available online. The atlas project grew out of the Archives staff’s efforts to reconstruct and map the county public road network as it existed in 1777. This mapping was done to support the Chester County Planning Commission’s series of National Park Service American Battlefield Protection grants for the Battle of Brandywine. The atlas, which currently comprises the townships that were most affected by the battle and the movement of British troops, will eventually include all townships in the county. The atlas identifies the landowners, mills, and roads as they existed at the time of the battle. Of particular interest is the location of residents who suffered losses or plundering at the hands of British troops. To see an overview of all the information available, it is recommended that researchers view the instructional video.
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Laurie A. Rofini, Director
Chester County Archives and Records Services
West Chester, PA