Christian C. Sanderson was a local schoolteacher in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, in the early 20th century, and a prolific collector of historical memorabilia, particularly from his hometown. This included many unusual artifacts related to the American Revolution, especially the 1777 Battle of the Brandywine fought at the creek near town.

Sanderson also collected letters from Civil War veterans, and some very unusual Abraham Lincoln curios. After his death, this impressive but highly eclectic treasure trove was carefully curated by friends and reinstalled in Sanderson’s lifetime home at the center of the bucolic village of Chadds Ford. The collection also includes many objects related to the renowned 20th-century American painter Andrew Wyeth and his family of artists, who were personal friends. 

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