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From: Historic Glasgow Park <>
Subject: Very Important: Delaware Revolutionary War Sites Threatened
Date: Mon, 18 Oct 2004 01:25:02 -0400
In-Reply-To: <BD98CB42.2C06%historicglasgow@earthlink.net>


Friends of Historic Glasgow (DE) National Park would like you to visit the
following online campaign, by iPetitions:


new iPetition: http://www.ipetitions.com/campaigns/historicglasgowpark

We, the undersigned, petition our Federal, Delaware, and New Castle County
leaders to do all that is within their powers to preserve the Glasgow
National Historic area, the site of Delaware's only Revolutionary War
battle, the running skirmish from Aikentown to Iron Hill, called the Battle
of Cooch's Bridge. The properties now threatened are the Brooks/Middleton
house, the Barczewski farm (West End Dairy), and the Rte. 72 / Old Baltimore
Pike frontage near Cooch's Bridge.


The Developers are coming! The Developers are coming!

Join in the effort to preserve the lands now at risk which encompass the
Revolutionary War Battle of Cooch's Bridge in New Castle County, Delaware.
The running skirmish between Aikentown (Glasgow) and Iron Hill was our first
defensive action against the Red Coats' late summer 1777 advance from the
Head of Elk to Philadelphia. The Patriots succeeded in stalling the British
and Hessians troops and inflicting a great many casualties. A history park
will boost tourism in nearby counties of Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania,
and New Jersey.

Three key properties in the Pencader Hundred, New Castle County, DE, are now

* Royal Farms plans to develop the corner of Rte. 72 and Old Baltimore Pike
on the gateway of the historic battle grounds at Cooch's Bridge, even as the
surrounding lands are safely under state control.

* Walgreens had planned to demolish the colonial Brooks/Middleton house and
barn at 2314 Glasgow Ave. to develop the corner of Rte. 40 and old Rte. 896,
a property which anchors the Aiken's Tavern National Historic District.

* Developers, including Christina School District, are trying to purchase
the neighboring farm (the Barczewski property; West End Dairy). The School
District is proposing to build a mega-school combining elementary and middle
school buildings. The Barczewski farm's 240 acres contain two documented
Native American Indian camps, earthen works from the British and Hessian
occupation of Aikentown (Glasgow), remnants of the Benjamin LaTrobe feeder
canal from 1804, and several structures on the National Register of Historic
Places (Dr. Samuel Henry Black). General Lafayette named the farm "La
Grange" while a visitor there in 1824.

What you can do:

<< Sign our petition at

<< Write to your governmental representatives.

<< Come to the Friends of Historic Glasgow group meeting

When: Wednesday, November 3, 2004 at 7:00 PM

Where: Pencader Presbyterian Church
2303 Glasgow Avenue
Glasgow, Delaware 19702

Contact: Earnie Davis at (302) 368-3134

Please see the Current Community Calendar Events section at:


for information on additional key meetings.

N.B.: The Friends of Historic Glasgow meets the first Wednesday of each
month, 7:00 p.m. at Pencader Presbyterian Church, Glasgow, Delaware.

<< Volunteer to help Friends of Historic Glasgow National Park.

Friends of Historic Glasgow National Park
P.O. Box 42
Newark, DE 19715
Create a petition, sign a petition: At http://www.ipetitions.com, your voice

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