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Historic farm from Revolutionary War battle gets protection

WEST CHESTER, Pa. — A Pennsylvania farm where George Washington's troops narrowly escaped the British during the Revolutionary War is getting historic protection.

Preservationists and land conservationists were on hand Friday celebrating the official preservation of the 10-acre (4-hectare) Dilworth Farm, a key part of the Brandywine Battlefield.

Republican congressmen Patrick Meehan and Ryan Costello joined Chester County officials and others at the site in West Chester.

The farm was bought for $850,000 with grants from Chester County and the American Battlefield Protection Program, and matched with private donations from the Civil War Trust.

Washington and his men performed admirably at Brandywine but ultimately lost the pivotal battle.

The 35,000-acre (14,164-hectare) battlefield is perpetually under threat from Philadelphia-area development.

Hundreds of acres of Brandywine Battlefield land have been saved through local preservation efforts.

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