A charming borough with a welcoming feel, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, is nestled in the rolling hills of Chester County’s countryside. The town has been in existence since before the Declaration of Independence was signed, and its downtown now is part of the National Register of Historic Places with 507 protected buildings built between 1875 and 1924 and in a variety of popular architectural styles including Colonial Revival, Victorian, and Federal. A town with a true sense of community and a steady calendar of events, Kennett Square itself is also enjoyed after visits to nearby Longwood Gardens.
The numerous mushroom farms surrounding the downtown of Kennett Square produce more than one million pounds of mushrooms a week, or about half of all mushrooms grown in the U.S. Locals and visitors alike celebrate this heritage annually during the Mushroom Festival each September, an event that includes mushroom cooking demos, recipe contents, and shopping.
A Foodie’s Feast
Even if mushrooms aren’t your favorite dish, the borough’s strong farm to table scene will win you over. From cozy mom-and-pop establishments to popular Victory Brewing’s in-town tasting room to the famous Talula’s Table – one of the hardest reservations to get in the U.S. – the food here is fresh and creative.
Shop ‘Till You Drop
State Street, Kennett Square’s main drag, is a charming and eclectic mix of independently owned shops and boutiques perfect for treasure hunting. Find rare books, handmade jewelry, children’s toys, home goods and more in just a few blocks. Be sure to duck into The Mushroom Cap for savory souvenirs featuring the town’s claim to fame.