On Friday morning, we left Gettysburg and headed to Spring City, PA, to visit with friends and see some things in the Valley Forge area. That afternoon, we went to Historic Waynesborough, 3059 Waynesborough Rd., Paoli, PA 19301 (610-647-1779; www.philalandmarks.org ). This is the historic home of Revolutionary War general “Mad” Anthony Wayne. My wife Karen was raised in Indiana and I in Ohio, so we were both familiar from our school days history studies with General Wayne. He served with George Washington in the battles of Brandywine and Germantown, weathered the Valley Forge encampment, fought at Monmouth (NJ), gained a decisive victory at Stony Point, NY, on the Hudson River, and was present at the surrender of Cornwallis in Yorktown.
Following the Revolution, President George Washington called upon Wayne to make the Northwest Territory safe from Indian attacks. He built a series of forts, including Fort Recovery in Ohio (which is near where I grew up), and Fort Wayne, IN (which is Karen’s hometown). Wayne led the American forces in victory over the Indans at the Battle of Fallen Timbers in 1794 and then negotiated the Treaty of Greenville the following year. Waynesborough was built beginning in 1724 and owned by seven generations of the Wayne family until 1965. Nearby is the Paoli Battlefield Historical Park and Memorial Grounds, where Wayne’s forces were defeated in a surprise night attack by the British, but we did not have time to see it.