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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

Delaware Museum of Natural History

Explore an African watering hole,a giant squid, Chinese dinosaurs, the hands on discovery room, a walk-over barrier reef and other creatures from around the world. Special exhibits and events year-round.

Ephrata Cloister

Ephrata Cloister is a National Historic Landmark and one of America’s earliest religious communities.  Founded in 1732 by a German immigrant this community left us a unique legacy in their architecture, music, calligraphy and printing. Historic Ephrata Cloister epitomizes Pennsylvania’s rich history of religious and intellectual freedom.  Tours offered year round.

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.

Hagley Museum and Library

Hagley is where the duPont story begins; Visit restored mills, a workers community and the ancestral estate of the duPont family.

Herrs Snack Factory Tour

Come and take a tour of the Herrs Snack Factory. Watch your favorite snacks as they are made; Try warm potato chips right out of the cooker;  Visit the Herrs Gift Shop and Chipper’s Cafe; Visit the Herrs website for special events; Reservations are required.

Hibernia Mansion

Hibernia Mansion, home of 19th century Ironmasters, graces Hibernia’s hillside. It is open for public tours on Sunday afternoons, Memorial Day to Labor Day. In December, the Mansion offers Candlelight Tours. 

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.

Independence Visitor Center

The Independence Visitor Center, located at 6th & Market Streets, across from the Liberty Bell, provides the region’s best event and attraction information to visitors and locals about Philadelphia and The Countryside and Independence National Historical Park.

Jenkins Arboretum & Garden

In the heart of the Main Line of Philadelphia, it is one of the eastern Pennsylvanias major horticultural and environmental assets.  A botantical garden, preserving and nurturing fory-six acres of Chester Countys rapidly disappearing natural environments

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.

Longwood Gardens

Longwood Gardens offers a new experience everyday with special events, concerts, and cuisine; The 1077 acres of woodlands, gardens, conservatories and fountains are open everyday of the year.

Mt. Cuba Center

Located on nearly 600 acres, we’re dedicated to the study, conservation, and appreciation of plants native to the Appalachian Piedmont Region through garden display, education, and research. Our woodland wildflower gardens are recognized as the region’s finest.

Museum of the American Revolution

The Museum of the American Revolution is establishing a museum to tell the dynamic story of the American Revolution and its legacy. It is the owner of a distinguished collection of Revolutionary-era artifacts. The Museum was designed by world-class architect, Robert A.M. Stern Architects, signature design team, MFM Design, and esteemed scholars.

Mushroom Industry Display: Mushroom Cap

Stop in and take a seat and see how mushrooms are grown and harvested.  Not only do we have fresh mushroom products, but we feature displays about the industry history.  The displays were originally part of the former Phillips Mushroom Museum that we are now fortunate to be able to share with our guests.

National Constitution Center

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

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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