"A refreshing take on Delaware's most famous river—much like the waters that flow through it. With this groundbreaking book, Maynard has made a valuable contribution to telling our history."—Jack A. Markell, Governor of DelawareNestled among picturesque rolling hills, the Brandywine River winds from southeastern Pennsylvania into Delaware. The Brandywine: An Intimate Portrait is the first book to trace the rich vein of history in the region, from original European settlement to the Battle of the Brandywine—the largest land battle of the Revolutionary War—to the establishment of First State National Monument on its banks in 2013.
"The Brandywine: An Intimate Portrait helps illuminate the richness and variety of our country's past—an enjoyable and revealing read about this Pennsylvania-Delaware region that is home to a unique blend of colonial, Revolutionary, agrarian, and industrial aspects of American culture and history."—Ken Salazar, former U.S. Secretary of the Interior and U.S. Senator
"The Brandywine flows through—and is witness to—American history like no other river. Guided by Maynard's insightful writing and illustrations, I made a fascinating journey to meet up with Washington and Lafayette, the du Ponts, the Wyeth family and their times in this famous valley."—Bruce Babbitt, former U.S. Secretary of the Interior and Governor of Arizona
Acclaimed writer and Brandywine Valley resident W. Barksdale Maynard crafts a sweeping narrative about the men and women who shaped the Brandywine's history and culture. They include the du Ponts, who made their fortunes from gunpowder, and artist Howard Pyle, a native of the region, whose Brandywine School of American illustration took inspiration from the pastoral environment. Most famously, the Brandywine Valley is where N. C. and Andrew Wyeth, father and son, painted amid evocative landscapes for more than a century. With its unparalleled collection of museums and public gardens, including Longwood, Winterthur, and Hagley, the Brandywine continues to attract millions of visitors from around the world.
Richly illustrated with seldom-seen historical photographs, paintings, and drawings, The Brandywine vividly captures the spirit of a storied region that has inspired generations.
W. Barksdale Maynard is a lecturer at Princeton University and author of six books, including the award-winning Walden Pond: A History.