Marquis de Lafayette Building

April 22, 2006

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Provided by: Shawn Meehan
Summary authors & editors: Shawn Meehan

The photo above shows the side of a stone building that belonged to the 19 year old Marquis de Lafayette. It was taken at the Brandywine Battlefield Park in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, -- the site of the September 11, 1777 battle which took place during the American Revolutionary War. Here, Sir William Howe and General George Washington squared off. The battle was a loss for the Americans and resulted in the capture of the then national capital of America, Philadelphia. Though much of the stone composing the house is granite, the dark gray/blue gray pieces are from a unique local stone called Brandywine Blue Gneiss. These rocks are so exclusive to this area that a Minor League baseball team in nearby Wilmington, Delaware takes their name from them (Wilmington Blue Rocks).

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