Members who attended the May 19th Chapter Meeting were treated to the fascinating history of Hopewell Furnace, a manufacturer of cannon and shot during the Revolutionary War.

Linda Collins, chapter member and author of Dreams of Revolution, presented on how Hopewell Furnace, the setting for her historical novel, contributed to the war during the British occupation of Philadelphia between 1777 and 1778.

Dreams of Revolution by Member Linda Collins
Dreams of Revolution by Member Linda Collins

Imprisonment, pregnancy, death. These are the difficulties facing Rachel Palsgrove and her teamster confidant, Jesse Quinter. During the winter of 1777-1778, British troops luxuriate in Philadelphia while General George Washington’s soldiers starve and freeze at Valley Forge. Rachel lives at Hopewell Village, an iron-making community supporting the Patriots. She scorns the traditional women’s roles of wife and mother and would rather shovel out a stall than clean a house. Her dreams of becoming a teacher are dashed when the trustees at the University in Philadelphia won’t admit a woman to their all-male society. A barrister at her boardinghouse, British spy Edmund Morris, helps her appeal the University’s decision while hoping to glean intelligence about Hopewell’s treasonous activities. Rachel and Jesse race to the village to warn of a possible inspection by British troops that could jeopardize everything. Will they survive imprisonment, pregnancy, and death? Will Rachel achieve her dream?

-From the back cover of Linda Collins’ book


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