Past Meeting

The Paoli Inn, 1888

The Lancaster Road and its Taverns During the Revolution

by Tom McGuire

The early history of the Lancaster Road in the vicinity of Tredyffrin and Easttown townships is fascinating and often confusing. Roads named officially in the early 20th century have added to the confusion: Lancaster Pike, Old Lancaster Road, Conestoga Road, Route 30, Lincoln Highway — which is it?

This presentation looked at the original Philadelphia/Lancaster Road, a few of its taverns and landmarks in the 18th century, and some of the activity on it during the Revolution. A large audience enjoyed exploring taverns named for British admirals and Corsican generals, tracing the path of Washington's army and Cornwallis's Division, and seeing where Hessian prisoners and Hessian patrols left their footprints in history.


This presentation was held at the Tredyffrin Public Library in Strafford, PA on Sunday 18 November 2018, starting at 2 pm.

Tom is regarded as the leader of the group effort that saved the Paoli Battlefield from development as housing. Tom is a founder of the Paoli Battlefield Preservation Fund whose charter is to preserve educate and explore ways to keep this untouched Revolutionary War Battle site for future generations of Americans.

Thomas J. McGuire teaches history at Malvern Prep and is the author of several books about the history of the American Revolution, including The Battle of Paoli, The Philadelphia Campaign Vols I & II, Stop the Revolution and The Surprise of Germantown. Tom's work is based on his exhaustive research of primary sources and is looked at as the definitive source for the Paoli Battle and the Fall Campaign of 1777.

Tom McGuire speaking to a full house at Tredyffrin Public Library

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