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Underground Railroad Bus Tours
Don't miss your next chance to ride and learn about Chester County's important role in the Civil War and The Underground Railroad. The Kennett Underground Railroad Center will be hosting a bus tour, beginning at The Brandywine Valley Conference and Tourist Center, on Sunday, August 21 from 2:30-4:30 p.m.Visit Website
Step back, way back

Leave the books and documentaries at home, and immerse yourself in some of our nation’s earliest history firsthand here in Chester County. Go Colonial at the site of the largest engagement of the American Revolution and grab a pint at a pub once visited by George Washington. Or channel the industrial revolution instead -- Phoenixville and Coatesville boast America’s earliest iron and steel forges. And there’s no measuring the historical impact on display by the region’s first family, the du Ponts.

Hopewell Furnace

Formerly the second largest producer of iron in Pennsylvania, Hopewell Furnace laid the foundation for the transformation of the United States into an industrial giant during its operation from 1771-1883. Today, the historic site is a showcase of the early American industrial landscape and opens daily to visitors for walking tours and period demonstrations.

Watch the video below to get a glimpse into life during the industrial revolution.

Abraham Fetters-White School Preservation Society

Restoring and preserving the 1863 one-room schoolhouse located at Route 100 and Worthington Road, Exton. Upon completion, the historic school will be available to the public for meetings and special events. Brochure available.

Borough of Phoenixville

Phoenixville is the live music and arts hub of Chester County; Fabulous BYOB's, Brew Pubs and specialty shops; The Colonial Theatre features independent and art films nightly and the Phoenixville Foundry is everyone's choice for meetings and special events.

Brandywine Battlefield Park

Brandywine Battlefield offers visitors a 20 minute movie on the history of the battle, a museum and two historic house tours seasonally.

Brandywine Valley Tourism Information Center

Originally the Longwood Progressive Quaker Meeting House and was involved in the Underground Railroad; Our Information Center offers information on the entire Brandywine Valley attractions, restaurants, accommodations and special events. Located at 300 Greenwood Road in Kennett Square, PA, near Longwood Gardens. We look forward to being of service to you and your family!

Chadds Ford Historical Society

Guided tours, bread baking and cooking demonstrations at John Chads House and Barns-Brinton House, a rare colonial tavern; Exhibits in the Barn Visitors Center and special events throughout the year; Chadds Ford Days in September, The Great Pumpkin Carve in October and Candlelight Christmas in December.

Charlestown Township

A quiet country cemetery, originally belonging to the Charlestown Presbyterian Church, was changed forever by the Revolutionary War; Victims of the harsh winter conditions of the Valley Forge encampment, more than 200 soldiers of the Revolutionary War lie here in unmarked graves.

Chester County Historical Society

Uncover the intrigue of the past at the Chester County Historical Society; Learn the stories of regional heritage through permanent and changing exhibits, including the award-winning, hands-on History Lab.

French and Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust

We are a community-based organization that preserves and protects endangered land and natural resources in northern Chester County. The Trust works collaboratively with individual landowners, local, county and state government, and other conservation organizations to ensure the preservation of the French and Pickering Creeks watersheds, which contain some of the most scenic lands in Pennsylvania

Friends of Martins Tavern & Blacksmith Shop

Restoration of a Revolutionary War-era tavern and inn along with an historic Blacksmith Shop in the village of Marshallton, West Bradford Township, Chester County; please call for our hours.

Hibernia Mansion

Hibernia Mansion is a restored 19th century mansion. The mansion, as you see it today, reflects the changes of lifestyle and social status of its various owners for over two hundred years. Long the home of Ironmasters, it expanded with their increased prosperity.

Historic Kennett Square

Shop, Dine, and explore the tree-lined streets of Historic Kennett Square. Unique galleries, restaurants, and Bed Breakfasts all wait for you in the charming downtown

Historic Sugartown

Historic Sugartown is a beautifully restored 19th century village crossroads. Sugartown became a bustling village corner during the late 1800's, bringing people together to exchange news, conduct business and share their lives as a community. Come and be part of our tour. Hours: Saturdays 11am-4pm and Sundays, 1-4pm beginning May 3rd. If using GPS, enter 273 Boot Road, Malvern, PA

Historic Waynesborough

Ancestral home of Revolutionary War hero Major General Anthony Wayne; Museum shop; Waynesborough not only creates history, it preserves the history. Please visit our website for further information.

Historic Yellow Springs

Historic Yellow Springs hosts exhibitions, programs, tours, and art classes through the Chester Springs Studio. Special events focus on historical reenactments, art shows, music festivals, and seasonal offerings.

Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site

The history of Hopewell Furance spans two centuries -- from its untouched natural state as a part of the great eastern American forests -- to its rebirth as a recreational and cultural history area. In between are the stories of industrial development, technology, community, craftsmanship, and natural resources that together changed America.

Kennett Underground Railroad Center

Learn about the history all around us, here in this hotbed of abolitionism. One of our guides will be glad to join you in your car, bus, or van and lead a tour for a modest donation. Call 484-734-0079 to make arrangements for a tour. Tours will depart from the Chester County Visitors Center near the entrance of Longwood Gardens.

National Constitution Center

First museum for US Constitution, history and relevance in our lives; Artifacts and interactive programming.

National Iron & Steel Heritage Museum

Historic homes of the Lukens and Huston families, founders Lukens Steel Co; Tours by appointment. We are proud to announce we are now a Blue Star Museum and welcome America's active duty military personnel and their families.

Old Caln Meeting House

Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, Old Caln contains historic benches and is surrounded by a traditional Quaker cemetery of 730 graves in a beautiful natural setting.

Oxford Main Street, Inc.

Oxford's downtown is a charming village rich with history and selection. Stop by and discover the exciting mix of unique shops and dining delights. Visit our Downtown Oxford Directory anytime at www.oxfordmainstreet.org.

Paoli Battlefield Historic Park

Site of the Paoli Massacre, Sept 20, 1777; Interpretive signs throughout battlefield, restored as in 1777.

Primitive Hall Foundation

A non-profit organization dedicated to preserving this original Joseph Pennock property that dates back to the 1700’s. This handsom Manor House was one of Chester County’s original Penn Grant properties.

Schuylkill River Heritage Center at Phoenixville

The Schuylkill River Heritage Center, located in the Foundry Building, tells the story of the Industrial legacy of the Schuylkill River and the former Phoenix Iron and Steel Company. Resources in Chester County and communities along the Schuylkill River Watershed are available.

The Mill at Anselma Preservation and Educational Trust

Nestled along the Pickering Creek in Chester Springs, Pennsylvania, The Mill at Anselma is an extraordinary artifact of 260 years of Chester County’s industrial heritage. The Mill stands as the most intact, authentic example of a custom water-powered grain mill in the United States and has been so honored by the U.S. Department of Interior as a National Historic Landmark.

Valley Forge National Historical Park

Winter encampment of General Washington's Continental Army; Welcome center and Washington's headquarters open 9am-5pm daily.

West Chester Downtown

West Chester Downtown - selected as one of the Main Streets of the Brandywine Valley.

Wharton Esherick Museum

The Wharton Esherick Museum provides guided tours through the National Historic Landmark studio/home of the late Wharton Esherick; displaying his paintings, woodcuts, sculpture, sculptural furniture and furnishings.

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Chester County Murals

For anyone who appreciates art and all that it offers, it's implied that Chester County is a necessary stopping point when discovering Pennsylvania's art. Between the famed Wyeth family, and the number of various museums and art galleries in the area, it's no wonder why Chester County is viewed as an art hot spot. But, within the last few years artist and members of the county have begun to think outside of the frame, literally.

Chester County has a number of beautiful murals on display that not only add character to our already charming county, but also tell a story about the people who are here. These murals reflect the rich history and the bright future of Chester County. From Phoenixville and Malvern, down to West Chester and Kennett Square, Chester County has a display of murals that both locals and visitors will be sure to appreciate.

Phoenixville

Bridge Street Mural
Located on the side of the Phoenix Village Apartments in Phoenixville, PA, this mural, painted by artist Charles Sagal, has been infamously nicknamed the ‘Godzilla’ mural after a council member stated the mural reflects a certain Hollywood movie, more so than the town of Phoenixville. The mural does not have an expected end date yet, but upon completion it will be the largest in the borough.

Welcome to Phoenixville Mural
Located on the exterior wall of Marly’s BYO in Phoenixville. The mural reads “Welcome to Phoenixville” and is based off of a 1932 photo that displays a view of the factory that can still be seen today. The mural was painted by Teresa Haag and was completed in September 2015.

Malvern

125th Anniversary Mural
Located in the Lobby of Borough Hall/Library in Malvern, PA, this was the fifth project for the Malvern Community Art Project. The mural depicts King Street in 1889 and 2014. The pieces were painted by artist Randall Graham and were completed in 2015.

Malvern Today
Located on the bridge on Bridge Street, this was the fourth project commissioned by the Malvern Community Arts Project. It is a series of five painted panels that are mounted along the bridge that depict what life in Malvern is like today. The mural was painted by the Garnet Valley High School National Honors Art Society and Mural club and was completed in 2015.

Patriotic Historical Mural
Located on the back of Gallagher’s Auto Services by the train station in Malvern, PA, it was the second mural completed by the Malvern Community Arts Project. This neighborhood favorite mural depicts Victorian era life in the small railroad town of Malvern. The mural was painted by Carrie Kingsbury and was completed in 2013.

Victorian Era Historical Mural
Located on the side of Malvern Pizza in Malvern, PA it was the first mural completed by the Malvern Community Arts Project. The mural represents the Paoli Battlefield and Memorial Parade. It depicts soldiers following General Anthony Wayne into the past, and has children running with flags into the future. The mural was painted by Dennis Goldsborough and was completed in 2013.

Warren Avenue Project
Located on the side of the Malvern Saddlery in Malvern, PA, it was the sixth project for the Malvern Community Art Project. The mural is a replica of an historic photo of a horse and buggy traveling through the Warren Avenue tunnel with the addition of President Lincoln’s funeral train. The mural was painted by Carrie Kingsbury and was completed in 2015.

Whimsical Mural
Located in the Malvern Public Library in Malvern, PA, this is the third mural commissioned by the Malvern Community Arts Project. The children’s room of the Library has gone through a 360-degree transformation into an enchanted forest. The mural was painted by Teri Flint and was completed in 2013.

Kennet Square

Harriet Tubman Mural
Located on Willow Street in Kennett Square, PA., this mural depicts Harriet Tubman leading silhouetted freedom seekers toward the North Star. The mural also features a list of some Kennett abolitionists and those they helped. The mural was designed and painted by artists Dave Mass and Joey Gothelf and was finished on November 13, 2010.

West Chester

The Charles A. Melton Mural
Located on East Market Street in West Chester, PA, this mural pictures Charles A. Melton, executive director; Dr. Leslie Pickney Hill, founder & president; as well as other members of The Melton Center. The mural was painted by artist Carrie Kingsbury and was unveiled on the building’s exterior wall in August 2014.

Valley Forge National Historical Park

Valley Forge National Historical Park stands in testimony to the Continental Army that, in 1777-1778, overcame a tough winter by becoming an even tougher fighting force. Yearly park events make wide use of live reenactors, up-close-and-personal learning and plenty of play.

Hopewell Furnace, formerly the second largest producer of iron in Pennsylvania, laid the foundation for the transformation of the United States into an industrial giant during its operation from 1771-1883. Today, the National Historical Site opens to visitors for walking tours and period demonstrations.