Bicentennial Happenings

Bicentennial News features reports about the American Revolution Bicentennial in Pennsylvania, including programs, events and publications of PHMC, as well as projects and activities of the Bicentennial Commission of Pennsylvania, county historical societies and other institutions.

Centre County

  • Frontier area exposed to raids.
  • Potter’s Fort built as a refuge for settlers by Gen. James Potter, 1777.

Chester County

  • July 8, 1776. Election for Provincial Convention. Declaration of Independence published.
  • Battle of Brandywine, Sept. 11, 1777.
  • Paoli Massacre, Sept. 20, 1777.

Clarion County

  • Beyond the frontier of settlement. Settled after the Revolution. On route of Brodhead Expedition, 1779.
  • Brady’s victory over the Indians, June, 1779.

Clearfield County

  • Beyond the frontier of settlement.
  • Settled after the Revolution.

Clinton County

  • Beyond the frontier of authorized settlement, but settled by the Fair Play Men before the Revolution.
  • Frontier defense: Fort Reed.
  • Pine Creek Resolves, July 4, 1776.

Columbia County

  • A frontier area exposed to raids, but had several forts as refuges for settlers, including Fort Jenkins, Fort McClure, Fort Wheeler.

Crawford County

  • Beyond the frontier of settlement.
  • Part of Donation Lands in this county.

Cumberland County

  • Carlisle Resolves, July 12, 1774.
  • July 8, 1776. Election for Provincial Convention (Carlisle).
  • Cumberland Riflemen, 1775.
  • U.S. arsenal at Carlisle.

Dauphin County

  • Hanover Township Resolves. June 4, 1774.
  • Middletown Resolves, June 10, 1774.
  • Hummelstown Resolves, June 11, 1774.
  • July 8, 1776. Election of Provincial Convention. Declaration of Independence published.

Delaware County

  • Chester Resolves, July 13, 1774.
  • May 8, 1776. Delaware River battle below Philadelphia to keep British warships from ascending river.
  • July 8, 1776. Election for Provincial Convention. Declaration of Independence published.
  • Battle of Brandywine, September 11, 1777.
  • On Rochambeau’s Route to Yorktown, 1781.

Elk County

  • Beyond the frontier of settlement.
  • Settled after the Revolution.

Erie County

  • Beyond the frontier of settlement.
  • Part of the Donation Lands in this county.

Fayette County

  • A frontier area exposed to raids, with forts as refuges for settlers.
  • July 8, 1776. Election for Provincial Convention (at Spark’s Fort).

 

Editor’s Note: This continues a series begun in Issue No. 1. The ma¬≠terial was compiled by Donald H. Kent, recently retired director of the Bureau of Archives and History for the PHMC.