In the late 1990’s, behind overgrowth and a rapidly deteriorating structure, the community of Warwick Township in Bucks County Pennsylvania uncovered a historically important home during the Revolutionary War. Beautifully and accurately restored over the last twenty years, the Moland House served as George Washington’s headquarters for thirteen days during the pivotal 1777 campaign in and around Philadelphia.
Three critical events make this site so important to understanding and interpreting the War of Independence.
- Washington conducted a Council of War on August 21, 1777 to assess defensive operations against the invading British Army under General William Howe. Twelve general attended the conference to advise Washington on how best to deploy his forces. Lafayette participated in this conference, his first formal council of war with Washington
- Casimir Pulaski, the Polish calvaryman first met Washington at the Moland House and agreed to serve as a volunteer. After helping to protect Washington at the subsequent Battle of Brandywine, Pulaski received a commission as a Brigadier General. Unfortuantely, Pulaski died in combat outside of Savannah, Georgia.
- At the Moland House, Washington and Marquis de Lafayette had their first extended discussions which led to their famously close military and personal relationships. Prior to this visit, Washington viewed Lafayette as one of the many foreign officers who overinflated their military backgrounds seeking Continental Army appointments.
The Moland House docents are expertly trained to provide detailed explanations of both the Revolutionary War events that occurred at the site as well as the operation of the family farm and household during the colonial period. I highly recommend a vist!
For more information see the Moland House website .