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Don't just study history - experience it! March the fields that witnessed the American Revolution, chat with Colonial reenactors, and browse museums that preserve a simpler way of life from hundreds of years ago.

History & Tradition

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.

Adventure Aquarium

Adventure Aquarium is just minutes from downtown Philadelphia on the Camden Waterfront and features one-of-a-kind exhibits with more than 8,500 aquatic species throughout two million gallons of water. The Aquarium is home to the largest collection of sharks on the East Coast, including the only great hammerhead shark on exhibit in the United States.

America’s Garden Capital

Greater Philadelphia Gardens makes it easy for visitors to discover what each public garden and arboretum has to offer. See monthly Events highlights on our website to easily explore 30 member gardens – from world famous gardens to lesser-known gems you can discover nearby. So much of the nation’s horticultural history is rooted in this region that it has been acclaimed “America’s Garden Capital”.

American Helicopter Museum & Education Center

The Delaware Valley is the birthplace of the helicopter industry; Come see over 35 helicopters, climb in five; Visit our theatre or rent the facility for your event.

American Treasure Tour

Discover a sprawling display of Americana showcasing classic muscle cars, music, and memorabilia. A guided tram tour takes visitors through decades of American history. General admission tours offered every Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Something for everyone! 

Antique Ice Tool Museum

Located in a Historic 1834 Chester County Barn, the Anitque Ice Tool Museum is the worlds largest collection of tools, equipment and vehicles used in the "Natural Ice Trade".  Step back in time from the 1800’s to the 1940’s and view a part of history that changed the American way of life.

Bates Motel Escape Rooms

The creators of Bates Motel and Pennhurst Asylum bring you a new concept in interactive entertainment. A Real life adventure escape room! We put you and your friends, family, or colleagues in a themed, highly realistic series of rooms. With only 60 minutes to escape, you must work together as a team as you race against the clock to explore your surroundings using logic, instinct, and critical thinking.

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 River Museum of Art

Discover an outstanding collection of American art housed in a 19th century mill with a dramatic steel and glass addition overlooking the banks of the Brandywine River.  Renowned for its holdings of the Wyeth family of artists, the museum features galleries dedicated to the work of N.C., Andrew and Jamie Wyeth.

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.

Chaddsford Winery

Visit our nationally acclaimed winery to tour the winemaking and barrel-aging cellars and taste our premium, award-winning wines such as Chardonnay, Merlot and Pinot Grigio. Located in the beautiful Brandywine Valley, in the village of Chadds Ford, between Longwood Gardens and the Brandywine River Museum.

Chanticleer Garden

Chanticleer is a 35 acre garden featuring lush courtyards of tropicals, perennials, containers, cut flower and vegetable garden; water gardens, ponds, exotic woodlands and spectacular ruin garden.

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 Art Association

Promoting art through instruction, exhibitions and community outreach. Enhancing the community by involving people in the arts.

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.

Choo Choo Barn

All aboard for a unique and memorable experience for all ages.  It is Lancaster County in miniature, featuring 150 moving figures and scenes and 22 operating trains.  Our hand-created model train layout has impressed families for over 50 years with realistic detail that will leave you asking, “How did they do that?”

Christian Sanderson Museum

A Man’s Life, A Nation’s History. An eclectic array of art,
military memorabilia, presidential artifacts, local history
and collectibles.  History like you’ve never seen it before!
Open March through November,Thursday through Sunday, 12pm
to 4pm or by appointment.  Now participating in the Blue Star Museum program.

Delaware Art Museum

World-renowned collection of American art and illustration, 19th century to present, includes Pre-Raphaelite movement of mid-19th century.

Chester County's 'Hot Bed of Abolition'

JUNE 27, 2017

Long before its days as a mushroom capital Kennett Square was famous for its connections to the Underground Railroad. The Quaker-centric borough played a major role in the region's abolitionist movement, a history portrayed and celebrated in the Kennett Underground Railroad Center. Read the Chester County Press's recent article about the educational and interesting museum and the important work done in the Brandywine Valley during the 1800s.

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