Many Philadelphians sought to emulate the English country estate tradition by constructing brick and stone formal houses in the countryside. Attorney John Moland had one such house on a plantation in the Northern Liberties, just above the current center city. In 1741 he purchased undeveloped land in Warwick Township along the Little Neshaminy Creek and adjacent to the York Road connecting bustling Philadelphia with the smaller New York City. A two-story home was built circa 1750 using fieldstone quarried from further up Kerr’s, also known as Carr’s, Hill. A vernacular kitchen with a loft was attached to these formal quarters.
In this section of the website you will find information about events that occurred at the Moland House and the surrounding area in August 1777, as well as, information about Warwick Township History and the Moland family.
View the various drop-down sections to learn about:
- Warwick Township History
- The Moland Family
- The August encampment by General Washington and 11,000 troops
- A timeline of the Philadelphia Campaign
- Structure of the Continental Army in 1777
- General Washington’s Daily Schedule
- Information about notable Colonial Americans who were at the encampment in August 1777
Among the notable individuals at the encampment were:
- General George Washington
- Marquis de Lafayette
- Count Pulaski
- Alexander Hamilton
- Nathaniel Green
- James Monroe
- John Muhlenberg
But for now, the pages in this section are still under construction.
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Visit Learn about GEORGIAN ARCHITECTURE using Philadelphia examples.
PA ARCHitecture & archaeology at www.arch.state.pa.us/.
You can search by county, township, key word in name, architectural style, etc. Click on “View details” for a property. Click on “visit NR form” to see the accepted application to the National Register of Historic Places. Read Sections 7 & 8. Some contain floor plans. Most have Geological Survey maps of the property’s location.
Read James Deetz, In Small Things Forgotten, NYC: Anchor Press, 1777 & 1996.
Chapter 5 – I Would Have the House Stronge in Timber.
Richard J. Webster, Chapter 9 – Architecture,
in Randall M. Miller & William Pencak (editors), Pennsylvania: A history of the Commonwealth, Harrisburg, PA: PA Historical & Museum Commission, 2002.
Part II: Ways to Pennsylvania’s Past.
Hugh Morrison, Early American Architecture: From the first colonial settlements to the National period, NYC: Dover Publications, 1952 by Oxford University Press.
Chapter 1 – The Colonial Styles.
Chapter 9 – The Emergence of Georgian.
Chapter 10 – The Georgian Style.
Chapter 16 –Georgian Architecture in the Middle Colonies.