The State Society of the Cincinnati of Pennsylvania

The Pennsylvania Society remains active today.  We are especially focused in three areas:


We work to raise awareness of the heroes of the American Revolution and the sacrifice they endured to secure our freedom.  This has been one of the primary purposes of the Society since its founding in 1783.

Lafayette Statue

The statue in York, Pennsylvania, was commissioned and paid for by the Pennsylvania Society of the Cincinnati to honor Gilbert du Motier Marquis de Lafayette (Maj Gen Continental Army) and the French involvement in the War for Independence. The location of the statue and its upraised glass commemorate a visit by Gen. LaFayette to the town of York, Pennsylvania, in January 1778.

The toast he gave at the Golden Plough Tavern, owned by General Gates, then a vocal critic of General Washington's leadership capabilities, helped to defuse the Conway Cabal.

"Gentleman, there is one you have forgotten; I propose a toast to our Commander-in-Chief General Washington. May he remain at the head of the army until Independence is won."

Moland House

Moland House in Warrington, PA, was General Washington's Headquarters from 10 Aug 1777 to 23 Aug 1777. He encamped here awaiting news of General Howe's movement from New York City. The Pennsylvania Society provides financial assistance for maintenance of the site.

Hill Physick Keith House

The Hill Physick Keith house in the Society Hill section of Philadelphia serves as the State Headquarters for the Pennsylvania Society. The flag in picture on the attached link is that of the Society of the Cincinnati.

Anderson House

Anderson House, on Massachusetts Avenue in Northwest Washington, DC, serves as the national headquarters of the General Society. It contains a museum, a world class research library, and rotating exhibitions concerning the Revolutionary War.


The other primary purpose of the Society is to render permanent the "cordial Affection" between the officers who served in Washington's army.  There is a special feeling, when today's members give a toast over dinner, that those who came before us also knew one another closely and also gave the same toast.


We support the on-going study of the American Revolution: why it was fought, how it was fought, and what it accomplished.

McNeil Center

The McNeil Center for Early American Studies is located in Philadelphia, Pa, and is is an interdisciplinary community of scholars who study the histories and cultures of North America in the Atlantic world before 1850. The Pennsylvania Society has sponsored and continues to sponsor many PhD candidates there, with a focus on the Revolutionary era, about 1750 to 1800.

Valley Forge Military Academy

Each year since 1940, the Pennsylvania Society has presented an award to the Valley Forge Military Academy Cadet Officer who has been deemed by the Academy to be the most outstanding in the Corps of Cadets.


Our Members in the Revolution

History of the Society

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