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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

Tours of Oxford

On Your Own ~ Covered Bridge Tour, Historic Walking Tour and Children’s Interactive Walking Tour.

Tyler Arboretum

The Arboretum features beautiful exhibits of heritage magnolias, cherries, crabapples, hollies, lilacs, as well as 11 acres of rhododendrons and azaleas. Herbs are featured in the Fragrance Garden and the Vegetable Demonstration Garden promotes healthy and delicious eating.

Valley Forge National Historical Park

Valley Forge National Historical Park is nationally significant as the site of the 1777-78 winter encampment of the Continental Army under General George Washington. Few places evoke the spirit of patriotism and independence, represent individual and collective sacrifice, or demonstrate the resolve, tenacity and determination of the people of the United States to be free as does Valley Forge. The historic landscapes, structures, objects, and archeological and natural resources at Valley Forge are tangible links to one of the most defining events in our nation’s history.

Victory Brewery Parkesburg

The Victory Parkesburg facility is for brewing and bottling, but also has a 10,000-square-foot brewpub and beer garden. Beer aficionados can visit the new Victory Brewery on a chartered bus trip, tour and beer tasting. The three-and-a-half hour tour package includes a behind-the-scenes look at the brewery, plus tasty food and plenty of beer.

Welkinweir

At the heart of a 55 acre arboretum of mature specimens of rare and unusual trees and shrubs and formal gardens is an historic estate house that spans three centuries, designed to compliment the natural beauty of the secluded valley. Listed on the National Register, the 200-acre permanently protected property features forested, riparian, and meadow hiking trails.

West Chester Downtown

Nestled in the heart of the Brandywine Valley just 2.5 hours from Washington DC, downtown West Chester Pennsylvania reflects the small-town charm and cosmopolitan tastes that prompted The Philadelphia Inquirer to call West Chester “. . . one of the world’s most perfect small towns.”

West Chester Food Tours

Take part in West Chester’s only Walking Food Tour and get to know our wonderful town a little better. You will stroll through the streets of West Chester and visit seven different eateries along the way.  Come taste the town with us.

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.

Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library

The premier museum of American decorative arts, with an unparalleled collection of nearly 90,000 objects made or used in America between about 1640 and 1860. The collection is displayed in the magnificent 175-room house, set amidst a 1,000-acre preserve of rolling meadows and woodlands.

Woodlands at Phillips – Mushroom Exhibit

Stop by and visit Phillips Mushroom Farms in our restored 1828 family farmhouse.  Phillips is a third generation owned and operated mushroom farm.  Our retail store and growing exhibit is housed on the original Phillips family farm.  The store offers fresh Phillips mushrooms and unique mushroom items.   Take a short walk to our mushroom growing exhibit where you can see mushrooms growing in their substrate and learn the growing and cooking processes through videos.

Yellow Springs Farm

Originally a dairy farm 150 years ago, the farm and nursery consist of an historic farmhouse, dairy barn, and a springhouse with pond on 8 acres of land. We grow native plants, design and install native landscapes, and produce over 25 varieties of fresh and aged artisanal goat cheeses, caramel sauces and truffles.

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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