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Lafayette Day

July 29, 2023
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Thornbury Farm, 1256 Thornbury Road
West Chester, PA 19382 United States

Lafayette Day festivities begin bicentennial celebration of America’s hero in Chester and Delaware counties

Thornbury Farm hosts event for whole family with music, food, children activities

Randell Spackman of Thornbury Farms is hosting the free-family event at his farm, 1256 Thornbury Road, West Chester, from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. In addition to Lafayette displays, the day will include food, music, a Heritage Walk and activities for children. The Sons of the American Revolution Color Guard will mark the beginning of the celebration.

During Lafayette Day, a Heritage Walk will take place from Thornbury Farms, location of some of the fiercest fighting during the battle of Brandywine, to Birmingham Hill, where Lafayette was wounded.

Visitors will be able to gain knowledge from representatives of the American Friends of Lafayette, the Daughters of the American Revolution, Sons of the American Revolution, the Masons, the Chris Sanderson Museum, Brandywine Battlefield Park, Chester, and Delaware counties 250th committees and other organizations.

Lafayette in Art and Literature will be featured. Chadds Ford artist Shay Aubrey Allen will be signing copies of Lafayette: America’s Young Hero & Guest. Allen created original drawings for the book. Mowday, who authored the book with American Friends of Lafayette President Alan R. Hoffman, will also be signing the books. Also, Mowday will talk about his Lafayette at Brandywine: The Making of an American Hero.

Downingtown artist Adrian Martinez will make an appearance. Martinez’s painting of Lafayette was featured on the cover of Mowday’s book. Chadds Ford artist Karl J. Kuerner will take part as well. Kuerner’s new painting Lafayette’s Sword, will be discussed. Kuerner and Mowday combined for their second book, Emotional Brandywine. The book is to be released on the anniversary of the battle of Brandywine.

An announcement of an essay contest on Lafayette will be made. The contest, sponsored by the Lafayette Bicentennial Brandywine Committee, will be open to all students in Chester and Delaware counties. Winners will receive Lafayette Challenge Coins authorized by the American Friends of Lafayette.

AFL member and author, Bruce Mowday has organized this event and is the Committee Chair for the Lafayette Bicentennial Brandywine Committee (and both Chester and Delaware counties in Pennsylvania). “During Lafayette Day, we are seeking volunteers and support for our celebration,” Mowday said. “The Lafayette celebration will take many volunteers and some financial assistance. A portion of the profits of Lafayette: America’s Young Hero & Guest is being donated to the American Friends of Lafayette for the bicentennial celebration. During Lafayette Day, American Friends of Lafayette clothing and other items will be offered for sale.”

The Lafayette Bicentennial Brandywine Committee invites the community to attend, have fun and receive information on Lafayette, an American hero.


American Friends of Lafayette