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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

National Iron & Steel Heritage Museum

Historic homes of the Lukens and Huston families, founders Lukens Steel Co; Tours are available on Monday-Saturday from 10am-4pm. Our last tour begins at 3:00pm.  We are proud to announce we are now a “Blue Star Museum” and welcome America’s active duty military personnel and their families.

Nemours Mansion & Gardens

(OPENING DAY – MAY 1) – Alfred I duPont’s French-style chateau furnished with fine examples of antique furniture, rare rugs, tapestries and outstanding works of art is set among spectacular French formal gardens.

Newlin Grist Mill

 Discover both hisotry and nature with a working 1704 Grist Mill; over eight miles of trails, daily tours, monthly programs and archaeological excavations and special events. See our website for further information. 

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.

One Liberty Observation Deck

Opening in the Fall of 2015.  One Liberty Observation Deck will welcome guests from all over the world and takes them 883 feet above street level to see Philly like never before.  Our interactive environment teaches you about your view from every direction, providing a comprehensive educational experience.

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.

Pennhurst Asylum

Newest Halloween haunt around!  Walk thru the Pennhurst haunted attraction featuring items and artifacts that were part of the original State School, a labyrinth of old cells, drafty halls, special effects and illusions!

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Visit the Philadelphia Museum of Art and catch a world-class exhibition or get to know the masterpieces that live year-round in the Museum’s 200+ galleries.  Discover stunning architectural spaces and period rooms see van Gogh’s Sunflowers, and explore the only Museum dedicated to Rodin outside France. Kids under 12 are always free.

Philadelphia Trolley Works / Big Bus

The Philadelphia Trolley Works, 76 Carriage and Big Bus Company of Philadelphia is a full scale transportation and touring service. Trolley Tours, Big Bus Tours, Carriage Tours and Historic Walking Tours are offered to the public daily with frequent departures from Independence Mall. Private Tours, transportation (Coach Buses, Mini Buses, Victorian Trolleys, Chance Trolleys, Double Decker Buses and 15 Passenger Vans), and wedding and prom Trolleys available via our Charter Sales office.

Philadelphia Zoo

The Philadelphia Zoo, America’s first zoo, is home to more than 1,300 rare and endangered animals from around the world. Whether a first-time visitor or a long-time supporter, you will find something new each time you walk through our 43-acre Victorian Garden.

Phoenixville Foundry

Chester County’s newest and largest special event venue; A unique blend of sophisticated elegance and industrial charm.

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.

St. Peters Village

Saint Peters is a community located in Chester County, Pennsylvania. The village is a historic 19th century industrial ‘company village’ at the Falls of French Creek in Warwick Township. The village is located in the Hopewell Big Woods.

Strasburg Rail Road

 Your 45-minute steam train ride is only the beginning! Travel through scenic Lancaster County as Amish farmland passes you by, stop for a picnic, enjoy railroad activities at the station, browse unique shops, or indulge yourself aboard First Class. Seasonal adventures include Day Out With ThomasTM, Christmas Trains, and the popular Wine & Cheese Train.

Taste Kennett Food Tours

We are creators of unique, memorable, and fun food experiences.  Savor, stroll and smile on a guided, walking food tour of downtown Kennett Square, and enjoy six food samples and two wine samples from local restaurants, specialty shops and winery tasting rooms.  Visit our website for tickets and more information.

The Barnes Foundation

Immerse yourself in the greatest private collection of post-impressionist and early-modern art. Explore more than 3,000 masterpieces, including 181 Renoirs, 69 Cézannes, 59 Matisses, 46 Picassos, 16 Modigli­anis, and 7 Van Goghs, plus textiles, metalwork, decorative objects, African sculpture, Native American ceramics and jewelry, and Pennsylvania German furniture.

The Franklin Institute

Located in the heart of Philadelphia, The Franklin Institute is a renowned leader in the field of science & technology learning through interactive exhibits, theater-based programs, edu. programs, outreach & awards recognition.

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.

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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