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In 1853, Captain Alden Partridge opened the National National Literary, Scientific and Military College at Brandywine Springs. The school building was destroyed by fire shortly after opening and the school closed.
In the early twentieth century, it became renowned for an amusement park built along the Hyde Run tributary.
The Amusement park closed down following the 1923 season. In 1956 state senator Fredrick Klair procured the land for the state and founded a park.
- Moll, Clarence R. (1954). A History of Pennsylvania Military College 1821-1954. Ph. D. dissertation, New York University. p. 11. Retrieved September 23, 2009.
- "Friends of Brandywine Springs". Retrieved 2009-08-13.
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