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Celebrating Humphry Marshall’s 300th Birthday

Updated: May 16, 2022


Saturday, October 8, 2022, 11:00am-4:00pm

Marshallton, Chester County, Pennsylvania


Depiction of Humphry Marshall by Adrian Martinez, 2016 (detail)

Humphry Marshall’s 300th Birthday Anniversary is a day-long celebration, full of activities where families can learn about Humphry Marshall (1722-1801), American's first botanist and horticulturist. The special day is sponsored by the Friends of Martin's Tavern with support by West Bradford Township. It's held in Marshallton, PA on the grounds of Martin’s Tavern and the newly created Humphry Marshall Park.

The full day celebration includes outdoor community events, prominent speakers, colonial re-enactors, open hearth cooking and tastings, period music, colonial brews, and children's activities. For kids, there will be colonial games & crafts, and a special native tree propagation program. Saplings grown from these seeds will be part of a tree planting program in township parks.

Charlie Zahm is performing early American songs throughout the day.

More 2022 events celebrating Humphry Marshall’s Life and Legacy

June 9, 2022 -- Kick-off of summer’s Chester County Town Tours & Village Walks in West Chester northeast with special emphasis on Marshall Square Park and West Chester horticulturalists.

August 18, 2022 -- Chester County’s Town Tour of Humphry Marshall’s Marshallton Village

October 8, 2022 -- Humphry Marshall Day, sponsored by the Friends of Martin’s Tavern Hosted by Friends of Martin’s Tavern.

October 9, 2022 -- The Friends of Marshall Square Park (FMSP) will celebrate Humphry’s 300th birthday from 2:00pm to 3:00pm on the park grounds. This is a family friendly event.

September 14, 2022 -- Joel Fry, the longtime curator at Bartram’s Gardens will present “Horticultural Cousins - Bartram and Marshall.”

September 28, 2022 -- Ron McColl, Special Collections Librarian at West Chester University, who oversees the Darlington collection, will speak on “Dr William Darlington: Janus of American Botany. Darlington wrote the Memorial of Marshall and kept the Herbarium with specimens from Marshall.”

October 14, 2022 -- Anthony Aeillo of Longwood Gardens will speak on “In the Shadow of Humphry Marshall – Chester County Horticultural Heritage in the 19th century”.

Horticultural Speaker Series

This Fall the Chester County History Center is presenting a series of Three Talks (presented virtually) in a special Humphry Marshall Horticultural Heritage Speaker Program.

Who was Humphry Marshall?

Humphry Marshall (1722-1801), the namesake of Marshallton, Chester County, was a celebrated botanist and scientist who played a role in America’s transformation from a frontier wilderness to a productive landscape. As a Quaker, Humphry was not active in the American Revolution, but he saw himself as an American and encouraged his fellow colonists to understand and capitalize on the country’s native plants and natural assets. In his lifetime, Marshall was known for his contributions to astronomy, meteorology, agriculture, and natural science. Today, he is best known as the author of Arbustum Americanum (1785), the first publication and catalogue of native plants, shrubs, and trees written by an American and published in America.

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