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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

The Battle of Brandywine Historical Marker in Chester County

A few weeks ago we visited West Chester in Pennsylvania and stumbled upon the Battle of Brandywine historical marker. When we travel across the state we're always looking for and documenting the historical markers that we find. These important markers are passed by travelers every day and not given a second thought. We're trying to change that because these markers contain important facts & information about our country's past.

Here's some information from Wikipedia about the Battle of Brandywine:

"The Battle of Brandywine, also known as the Battle of Brandywine Creek, was fought between the American Continental Army of General George Washington and the British Army of General Sir William Howe on September 11, 1777. The "Redcoats" of the British Army defeated the American rebels in the Patriots' forces and forced them to withdraw northeast toward the American capital and largest city of Philadelphia where the Second Continental Congress had been meeting since 1775. The engagement occurred near Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania during Howe's campaign to take Philadelphia, part of the American Revolutionary War (1775-1783). More troops fought at Brandywine than any other battle of the American Revolution. It was also the longest single-day battle of the war, with continuous fighting for 11 hours."
The Battle of Brandywine Historical Marker in Chester County, Pennsylvania

Here is the information contained on the historical marker:

The battle ended just southwest of here at nightfall. With Howe and his troops holding the field, Washington’s force withdrew to Chester. Although he was wounded, Lafayette helped to reorganize the retreating troops, and Pulaski’s cavalry protected them from attack.

By: 1952 by Pennsylvania Historical Museum Commission.

If you're waymarking and documenting historical markers across the state, you'll find The Battle of Brandywine marker on Wilmington Pike (US Route 202) in Birmingham, Pennsylvania. It's on the right side of the road when traveling south. You can pull into the parking lot of the Italian pizza restaurant, park and get out to photograph it. Officially it's located on the border of West Chester and Birmingham in Chester County.

Note: You can find hundreds of documented historical markers here on our travel blog and over on our Pinterest board. You can double-click on the photo to have it open up in a new browsing window and in an enlarged size.

Monday, April 15, 2019

Classic Diner Fare at the Blue Ribbon Diner in Mebane

Two months ago when we were on a road trip through the great state of North Carolina, we stumbled upon the Blue Ribbon Diner in Mebane. It's a locally-owned and operated diner that serves your classic American style diner food. In other words, the comfort foods that we all grew up on and love!
Blue Ribbon Diner in Mebane North Carolina

Classic foods you'll find on their menu include: hamburgers, hot dogs, grilled chicken, fried chicken, roasted turkey, angus steaks, spaghetti & meatballs, meatloaf, fish, macaroni & cheese, french fries, onion rings, fried mushrooms, soups, salads, hot & cold sandwiches, milkshakes, ice cream sundaes and more!!!

You can decide if you want to dine-in or if you want to order take-out with curbside-to-go service. We decided to dine-in and at the time we were at the restaurant, they weren't crowded at all. Our wait-service was friendly & knowledgeable and the entire restaurant is extremely clean! The food was delicious and the service was fantastic!

As you look around the restaurant you'll see all kinds of different "classic" diner decor. Check out that super cool  juke box in our photo, which my husband was ooing and ahhing over. I think you'll "dig" the classic red, white and black color-scheme too!
Blue Ribbon Diner in Mebane North Carolina

GPS Directions:

1004 Mebane Oaks Road, Mebane, North Carolina, 27302
Phone 919-563-7020

We really enjoyed our visit to the Blue Ribbon Diner in Mebane, North Carolina and if we're ever in the area again, we'll be stopping by! If you enjoy visiting classic diners, you're going to love this special place!

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Coastal Street Art Whale Wall Mural in Wildwood

In 2008 the world-famous artist Wyland painted a beautiful wall mural on the side of the Boardwalk Mall building in Wildwood, New Jersey. That Whaling Whale drew thousands of visitors to see it every year. As you strolled down the boardwalk you would see the large mural painted on the outside wall of the Boardwalk Mall.
Coastal Street Art Whale Wall Mural in Wildwood, New Jersey

The building was sold and the new owners were making repairs to the building and did some power washing on the outside walls. As you can imagine...the power washing totally destroyed the beautiful wall mural that was painted by Wyland.

Locals and visitors to the Wildwoods demanded that the mural be replaced. Wyland was unavailable so a local artist named Russell Simmons  from the Wildwood Arts Foundation came in to make a new mural. It too features a beautiful whale, but frankly...I was disappointed when I saw the new design. Why you might ask? Well, it's just one whale and very basic in its design. It also appears to be swimming upside down by many people who have seen it. Again, just opinions.
Coastal Street Art Whale Wall Mural in Wildwood, New Jersey

If you would like to see the original Wyland Whaling Wall you can visit my previous post that I wrote in September 2015 that contains several photographs that I took. You can compare the two murals and come up with your own conclusions.

We love street art and outdoor wall murals and have documented many of them here on the blog. When we travel...we're always seeking out new ones to see. It's a great way to be introduced to new local artists and let's face it...they're beautiful to see. You can check out other wall murals and street art designs right here on our travel blog.