info@phoenixvillefoundry.org

Click on the following links to find information on prominent Chester County Locations:

 

 
   
     

AMERICAN HELICOPTER MUSEUM & EDUCATION CENTER
1220 American Boulevard
West Chester, PA   19380
610 436-9600             
info@helicoptermuseum.org              
www.helicoptermuseum.org

Visit the home of America’s largest collection of helicopters.  It is a one-of-a-kind experience.  A great place for families, kids can climb aboard helicopters of all kinds for a truly unique hands-on experience.  The museum’s display of over 40 civilian and military helicopters, autogiros and convertaplanes fascinates visitors of all ages.  This is a museum of unique science and technology of rotary wing aviation with two of today’s three major helicopter manufacturers tracing their roots to the greater Philadelphia area.

The Museum features many of the earliest rotary aircraft including the prototype for the first mass-produced helicopter and the second successful helicopter to fly in the United States.

Appropriately, the Museum is located in suburban Philadelphia, where much of the earliest development of helicopters in the United States was centered.  With its continually growing collection of documents, artifacts, films and memoirs, the Museum’s research library serves the nation as its single public source of rotary wing information.

Located just outside of West Chester, Pennsylvania, we are easily accessible from major routes.  Call for additional information or to arrange to bring your group for a customized tour.  Open Wednesday – Sunday.

   
     

BLACK ROCK SANCTUARY
Route 113
Phoenixville, PA   19460
610 469-1916
www.chesco.org/ccpark

The Black Rock Sanctuary is located on Route 113 north of Phoenixville.  It consists of 119 acres of wetlands, woodlands and meadows dedicated to wildlife habitat and public use.  A bird sanctuary, this site becomes an outdoor classroom highlighting the breeding and nestling habitat of rare and endangered migratory water fowl.

The Black Rock Sanctuary is located on the Atlantic Coast fly-way for migration stop-bys due to its pond, river and other natural attractions.  What once was a coal-silted area, this has become an important nature center hidden in a safe location.  Displays highlight the self-guided interpretive trail.

The sanctuary is open daily from 8 a.m. to the posted sunset time.  Check the website for the park newsletter to see a map of the area as well as planned programs and events.

   
     

BRANDYWINE BATTLEFIELD
P. O. Box 202
Chadds Ford, PA   19317
610 459-3342                         
erump@state.pa.us
www.ushistory.org/brandywine        

Brandywine Battlefield is where General George Washington’s courageous troops battle the British, in the heat of September, 1777, for control of strategic territory near Philadelphia.  It was the largest single day land battle of the American Revolution.  Although the Americans were defeated at Brandywine, their courageous stand helped convince France to form an alliance with the rebels – a union which turned the tide in favor of the Americans.  It was here that young General Marquis de Lafayette fought his first American battle.

The Brandywine campaign comes alive for today’s visitors as they walk through fascinating exhibits and dioramas in the Visitor Center.  Two historic Quaker farmhouses, which housed officers during the battle and served as Washington’s headquarters, stand much as they did in 1777.  Guides help visitors appreciate the effects of war on the citizens of the peaceful valley.

Picnic tables are available to visitors on 52 acres of rolling Delaware County countryside.  This site is administered by the Brandywine Battlefield Park Commission in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.  For information about visiting hours or special programs call 717 787-1019.  Open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday and Noon – 5 p.m. on Sunday.  Closed on Monday.  Closed Monday to Wednesday in December, January and February.

   
     

BRANDYWINE RIVER MUSEUM
Located on U.S. Route 1
Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania   19317
610 388-2700                                     
inquiries@brandywine.org
www.brandywinemuseum.org

The Brandywine River Museum is home to one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of works by N. C., Andrew, and Jamie Wyeth, three generations of artists who embody the family’s distinctive artistic legacy.  Many familiar works, and many rarely on public view, are seen in regularly changing exhibitions.  American illustration has deep roots in the Brandywine Valley, where Howard Pyle worked and taught such artists as N. C. Wyeth and Harvey Dunn.  The artistic heritage also includes works by William Trost Richards, Jasper Cropsey, George Cope, William Michael Harnett, John F. Peto and many others.

Artistic works are exhibited in a Civil-war era gristmill converted into an outstanding art museum.  The museum offers exceptional facilities and programs to enhance the visitor’s experience.  The Restaurant, in a glass tower overlooking the Brandywine River, offers lunch and refreshments.  The Museum Shop is known for its fine selection of books, posters, and reproductions and gifts.  Outdoors, wild flower gardens – featuring plants native to the Brandywine Valley – surround the museum in glorious color from spring through autumn.  Tours to the N. C. Wyeth House and Studio and the Kuerner Farm are also available.  The museum is operated by the Brandywine Conservancy.

   
     

HAGLEY MUSEUM
Route 141
Wilmington, Delaware                       
302 658-2400                                     
info@hagley.org
www.hagley.org

Located on 235 acres along the banks of the Brandywine River, Hagley is the site of the gunpowder works founded by E. I. du Pont in 1802.  This example of early American industry includes restored mills, a workers’ hill, and the ancestral home and gardens of the du Pont family.

You will see exhibits and dioramas that document the Brandywine Valley’s early eras, look at the role of explosives in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century life, and provide an interactive tour of the DuPont Company’s history.  A tour of the Powder Yard offers an in-depth look at the making of gunpowder.  A restored machine shop brings you into the din of old metal-working tools operating with shirring belts and grinding wheels.  Machinists explain what they do while they work.  Workers’ Hill focuses on the social and family history of the workers who operated the powder mill.  Costumed workers show what home life was like and a charming schoolhouse is part of the picture.

A highlight of the tour is the first du Pont family home built in America in a charming Georgian-style residence furnished with antiques, artwork and memorabilia from five generations of family.  The Restored Garden is planted with flowers, herbs and vegetables in a traditional French style.  The First Office of the DuPont Company is also located here with artifacts from the company’s earliest presidents. 

The museum is open mid-March through December daily 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Winter hours are January through mid-March open weekends 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Guided tours on weekdays at 1:30 p.m.  Admission fee.  The Berlin House Restaurant serves lunch and snacks from mid-March through November.

   
     

HISTORIC KENNETT SQUARE
106 W. State Street
Kennett Square, PA   19348                          
610 444-8188                                     
mary@historickennettsquare.com
www.historickennettsquare.com                   

Kennett Square may revere its past but there is much to do in the town today. 

A leisurely walking tour through the town of Kennett Square’s historic district will give you the feel for what the borough was like 200 years ago.  Travelers found the village a good place to stop, including Baron Wilhelm van Kynphausen and General Sir William Howell, who stayed one night before marching to the Battle of the Brandywine in 1777.  Incorporated in 1855, the borough played an important role in the Underground Railroad and many of its prominent citizens helped and comforted slaves on their passage towards the North Star.  The story of the Underground Railroad is on display at the History Station.  This historic station began operations with passenger and freight service in 1859 and was a vital part of Kennett Square life for almost 100 years.  Today, it is home to permanent and rotating exhibits regarding the major influences on the area.

Historic Kennett Square exemplifies the best of small town America.  Many of the houses and buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  It also offers plenty of cultural and recreational activities and combines elements of tradition with a commitment to revitalization.  You can enjoy browsing, dining and shopping in the many delightful stores and restaurants.  This is a wonderful place to visit and explore.

Be sure to check the Calendar of Events online.  From First Friday Art Strolls, theatre in the park, mushroom festivals, candlelight holiday home tours and a holiday parade, there is something for everyone.

   
     

HISTORIC WAYNESBOROUGH
2049 Waynesborough Road
Paoli, PA   19301
610 647-1779                         
info@madanthonywayne.org
www.madanthonywayne.org

Waynesborough is a magnificent country manor house in the Georgian style located five miles from Valley Forge National Historic Park.  Its most famous occupant was Major General Anthony Wayne (1745-1796), a Revolutionary War hero.  Wayne served with General George Washington and the Marquis de Lafayette, led the Pennsylvania Line in the battles of Brandywine and Germantown, weathered the Valley Forge encampment and fought on Monmouth.  He was elevated to the status of national hero after his decisive victory in 1779 at Stony Point on the Hudson River. 

After the war, Washington appointed Wayne first commander of the Legions of America (United States Army). He fortified and defended the western frontier against further encroachment by the British and Indians, and defeated the Indian nations at the Battle of Fallen Timers, thus opening the territory for settlement.  Fort Wayne, Indiana and countless smaller towns, townships and counties in Pennsylvania and today’s upper Midwest bear his name as a stamp of his presence in those years.  The nickname “Mad Anthony” for which he is remembered, was thought to have been earned by Wayne for his battlefield daring.

With the Paoli Massacre fought on its doorstep, Historic Waynesborough sustained little damage and was expanded over the centuries.  This spacious farmhouse features General Wayne’s uniform, Revolutionary War maps and an impressive collection of three centuries of Wayne family furnishings.  An introductory video shown in a converted carriage house tells the story of the Battle of Paoli. 

Advanced reservations are required for tours and school field trips.  Many aspects of the war, daily farm life, furnishings and silver, architecture and 18th century children’s life are explained.  In addition, facilities are available for business conferences in the carriage house or weddings or other social functions on the grounds.  Call for information, hours and fees.

   
     

HISTORIC YELLOW SPRINGS
1645 Art School Road
P. O. Box 62
Chester Springs, PA   19425              
610 827-7414
www.yellowsprings.org                     
inquiries@yellowsprings.org

Nestled among gentle knolls and guarded by centuries-old trees, the historic village of Yellow Springs is a tranquil reminder of our American heritage.  Located in Chester Springs, Pennsylvania, Yellow Springs stirs the imagination of all who visit.  For more than 275 years, it has been a contributor to our nation’s history, tradition and folklore.

From the earliest days, when Lenape Indians recognized the mystical yellow water bubbling up from the ground as having unique curative powers, to the year 1722 when a colonial health spa was opened, Yellow Springs was establishing a mission of encouraging harmony between man and nature.  This was the site of the only Revolutionary War hospital commissioned and built by the Continental Congress and provided medical aide to General George Washington’s beleaguered troops at Valley Forge.  The establishment of the Chester Springs Soldiers’ Orphan School and Literary Institute continued to provide comfort.

The exceptional landscape was attractive to the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts when they established a country school on the grounds.  Further creative energies flowed forth when the site became home for the film production efforts of Good News Productions.

Since 1974, Historic Yellow Springs has accepted the responsibility for preserving, sharing and celebrating the important heritage found in our 18th and 19th century architecture and encouraging the study and enjoyment of art and nature in this unique setting.

The village is open Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on weekends for programs and events.  The grounds are open dawn to dusk.  The largest art show in Chester County is held here each spring as well as an antiques show in the fall.  A jazz festival, children’s camps and many educational programs are held throughout the year.  Check the website for dates.  Self-guided walking tours and hiking trails are available; guided group tours are by reservation.

   
     

HOPEWELL FURNACE NATIONAL HISTORICAL SITE
2 Mark Bird Lane
Elverson, PA   19520             
610 582-8773
www.nps.gov/hofu                
hofu_superintendent@nps.gov

In America’s industrial infancy, tall stone structures venting smoke and flames were a familiar part of the rural landscape.  These charcoal-fueled iron furnaces produced the versatile metal crucial to the nation’s growth.  For over a century, Hopewell was one of the hundreds of “iron plantations” built around this technology.  Here generations of ironmasters, craftsmen, and workers produced iron goods during war and peace – ranging from cannon and shot to the well-known Hopewell stove and domestic items such as pots and sash weights.  Shared social and family bonds in an atmosphere of reasonable cooperation made these plantations stable and productive communities, the base on which America’s iron and steel industry was founded.

Mark Bird built Hopewell Furnace in 1771.  Early colonists had carried blast furnace technology to America in the mid-17th century and by the time of the Revolution, American forges, furnaces and mills were turning out a seventh of the world’s iron goods much to the chagrin of England.  Pennsylvania was the most important iron-producing center in the colonies.  Over the years with several different owners, the iron production declined.  The Civil War era gave the furnace a temporary reprieve, but the old rural charcoal-fired and water-powered furnaces were transformed to urban concentrations of steam-powered, hot-blast coke and anthracite furnaces.  In the summer of 1883, Hopewell Furnace made its final blast.

Today, the site is restored to the period of 1820-40.  A tour will interpret the role of the ironmaster and the founder and demonstrate the iron-making process.  When “in blast”, the community worked in rhythm to assure the quality of the product.  A tour of the park will show you life at the furnace including the ironmaster’s mansion, the springhouse and smokehouse for storing and curing foods, the tenant houses and boarding houses for the workers, the schoolhouse ruins.  The blacksmith shop is operational to show the work produced there and the cast house also demonstrates the moulders casting iron into stove plates and other products.

Hopewell Furnace is open daily except for most federal holidays.  In summer, activities depicting village occupations are presented.  Guided tours are given.  Check the website for special events and programs.  Nearby French Creek State Park has picnicking, camping and swimming facilities.

   
     

KENNETT UNDERGROUND RAILROAD CENTER AT THE HISTORY STATION
P. O. Box 202
Kennett Square, PA   19348
610 347-2237                                     
www.undergroundrr.kennett.net
undergroundrr@kennett.net

The Kennett Underground Railroad Center (KURC) examines the role of Kennett area individuals – both black and white – in the Underground Railroad during the years leading up to the Civil War.

With its focus on an extraordinary aspect of regional history, KURC is truly a community endeavor.  Put together by an all-volunteer, grassroots organization – a group of people who recognized the richness of this aspect of local history – the exhibit’s goals are simple:  to highlight the brave travelers and conductors on southern Chester County’s Underground Railroad.   It is the remarkable courage and determination of local citizens that allowed slaves to journey to freedom in the north.

Much work continues to be done to tell the full story of the local Underground Railroad, but here you will find a wealth of information about this unique period of America’s history.

Call for site visit information.

   
     


LONGWOOD GARDENS
P. O. Box 501
US Routes 3 and 52
Kennett Square, PA   19348
610 388.1000                                     
www.longwoodgardens.org

The world’s premier horticultural display garden offers majestic trees, exquisite gardens and conservatories, concerts, educational opportunities, illuminated fountains, flower shows, festivals and holiday displays.

In 1906, industrialist and philanthropist Pierre S. du Pont purchased an old Quaker farm near Kennett Square, PA, to save centuries-old trees from being cut for lumber.  The farm became his country estate, with gardens planned to “exploit the sentiments and ideas associated with plants and flowers in a large way.”   Recalling the great pleasure gardens of Europe, Longwood exemplifies a contemporary approach to Old World traditions.

Today the property encompasses 1,050 acres including woodlands and meadows, 20 outdoor gardens and 20 garden rooms inside a four-acre conservatory complex.  The horticultural and performing arts programs invite visitors to experience the art of horticulture in an unforgettable setting.  Acres of spring explode to delight and welcome one to the rebirth of the land; summer fountain festivals bring the fun of the season; the charms of autumn showcase the brilliant fall hues, the harvest spectacle and the exotic chrysanthemums.  A Longwood Christmas with a holiday wonderland of 420,000 lights sparkling outdoors, exquisite plants and designer trees inside and strolling carolers and joyous music add to the festivities.

Longwood Gardens is open every day of the year.  Admission is charged with group rates and guided tours available.  Call for information and hours.  The Gardens are open on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday evenings between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

   
     


LUKENS NATIONAL HISTORIC DISTRICT
Graystone Society, Inc.
76 s. First Avenue
Coatesville, PA   19320
610 384-9282                                     
www.graystone.org

The history of the American iron and steel industry was shaped by the personalities involved in the founding of the industry.  Isaac Pennock founded the Brandywine Iron Works and Nail Factory in the early 19th century, reasoning that the area, located along the Brandywine River, had the right run and depth to power a mill.  The company would eventually expand to become Lukens Inc.  Pennock’s son-in-law, Dr. Charles Lukens, a physician by training, gave up his medical practice to partner with his father-in-law in the iron business.

Dr. Lukens’ successful foray into iron plate production passed to his wife after his untimely death at the age of 39.  Rebecca Lukens, a young mother, demonstrated the foresight to eventually modernize the mill and make it capable of responding to the demands of the industrial revolution.  She rebuilt and expanded the mill through the 1820s and 30s and became the nation’s first female industrialist.  A long line of family members continued with the business in addition to the company’s countless men and women who were involved in the day-to-day operations of the mill.

Today you can visit this National Landmark property along South First Avenue which includes several key residential and office buildings that played a significant role in the development of Lukens.  The proximity of these homes and offices to the mill reflects the Lukens and Huston families’ long-standing commitment to living and working close to the factory and the community. 

The Brandywine Mansion is the oldest structure in the Lukens Historic District dating to the mid-1700s.  Rebecca Lukens built Terracina in 1850-51 for her daughter Isabella who married Dr. Charles Huston.  The Martha Gibbons House/VFW was built for daughter Martha.  The C. L. Huston House was where Charles Lukens Huston lived while he was vice president in charge of operations at the mill.  Of course, Graystone Mansion is the most architecturally significant residence in the district.   Located nearby are the steel making mills and steel rolling mills.  You can also get a glimpse into the operations of this steel company by visiting the Lukens Executive Office Building.

Come and visit this iron and steel complex.  Together, the company, the Lukens family and the City of Coatesville offer a view of how small town steel developed, struggled and survives.  Guided tours are given.  An archival collection is open for researchers.  A calendar of events includes specialized tours, concerts, lectures, a Victorian ice cream festival and Holiday events.  Call for hours and an appointment.

   
     


PEOPLE’S LIGHT AND THEATRE COMPANY
39 Conestoga Road
Malvern, PA   19335
610 644-3500
www.peopleslight.org

Now in its 32nd season, the People’s Light and Theatre Company is a non-profit, professional theatre founded in 1974.  The theatre includes two black box theatres with 375 and 180 seats, respectively.  It produces eight or nine plays per season, mixing world premieres, contemporary plays, and fresh approaches to classic texts for its Main Stage Series and Family Discovery Series. 

The theatre offers special talkbacks with artists and staff.  It offers partnering opportunities with cultural and religious organizations in the community, behind the scene tours of its facilities, pre and post show receptions and access to its beautiful grounds and award-winning gardens, as well as discounted tickets for new groups.

The People’s Light and Theatre reaches new audiences through its nationally recognized arts education program, Project Discovery.  This program serves 35,000 young people each year through in-school residencies, student matinees for free and special projects tailored to specific youth communities plus a year-round Theatre School for both young people and adults.

Be sure to visit PLACES ! – The Bistro at People’s Light & Theatre – with changing menus to bring you the freshest cuisine possible, cordially served in an intimate setting.  Whether sitting by one of the fireplaces before or after the performance, or simply enjoying the gardens with some al fresco dining, you will be welcomed.  Call 610 647-8060 for reservations.

Call the box office for tickets or subscriptions to this outstanding venue of artistic excellence.  Check the website for the 2007-2008 season of productions.

   
     


SPRINGTON MANOR FARM
860 Springton Manor Road
Glenmoore, PA   19343
610 942-2450                                                 
www.chesco.org/ccparks/html

Springton Manor Farm is a 300 acre William Penn Manor, in agricultural use since the 1700’s.  It overlooks centuries-old sugar maples, open pastures and stately Penn Oaks, which grace the lower pond.  A Victorian garden, gazebo butterfly house and tiled terrace enhance the ambiance of this historic Chester County home.

Here families can experience life on a farm with livestock in the pastures and barn plus exhibits of antique farming equipment.  Catch and release fishing is enjoyed in the pond and hiking trails add to the visitor experience.  Special events are scheduled throughout the year along with educational school programs and summer camps.

The Manor House is also available for weddings, business meetings, family gatherings, class reunions or other special celebrations.  Host your event surrounded by old world elegance and warmth in the Victorian period rooms.  Full catering facilities are on-site.

Springton Manor Farm is a facility of the Chester Country Parks and Recreation Department.  Call for information.

   
     


THE GREAT VALLEY NATURE CENTER
Route 29 and Hollow Road
P. O. Box 82
Devault, PA   19432
610 935-9777                                     
gvncee@nni.com
www.gvnc.org

The Great Valley Nature Center was founded in 1974 as a non-profit organization dedicated to providing quality environmental education for school children, organized groups, and the general public.  The mission is to stimulate awareness and understanding of our planet, to promote a sense of responsibility for it, and to teach the skills needed for its care.

To fulfill these goals, the Great Valley Nature Center offers an extensive and diverse array of environmentally-based programs both onsite and at nearby Valley Forge National Historical Park.  In addition, Outdoor Schools and educational Day Trips can be arranged at a variety of locations.  Special Boy and Girl Scout cooperative programs are available.

A vast array of summer camps are available for children and adult trips are also planned through the year.  Come visit the Birds of Prey Center set up in 1998 for permanently injured raptors from various wildlife facilities in Pennsylvania, Virginia and Alaska.  At the center are bald eagles, owls, hawks, vultures, crows and more.

To visit the center and enjoy a world of environmental education and hands-on experiences, call the Great Valley Nature Center for times and fees.

   
     


THE MILL AT ANSELMA
PRESERVATION AND EDUCATIONAL TRUST, INC.

1730 Conestoga Road
P. O. Box 42
Chester Springs, PA   19425
610 827-1906                                     
info@anselmamill.org
www.anselmamill.org

Experience America’s rich industrial and agricultural past as you step inside the Mill at Anselma.  Every gear, tool and barrel tells a story of how Anselma’s millers and their families lived and worked over the centuries.  You can almost hear the conversations between miller and farmer as they dropped off bushels of wheat to be milled into flour.

Today, the Mill at Anselma is a National Historic Landmark as a testament to early American industrial ingenuity.  The Mill is an extraordinary example of a custom water-powered grist mill which milled flour for its local community.  Its wooden power train is completely intact and functions as it did when the mill was first built c. 1747.  It has operated during three centuries. 

Today, the Mill at Anselma inspires people in creative ways to discover its authentic technology and importance to the community through tours, milling demonstrations and its stone ground flour.  Flour-milling demonstrations feature hands-on family fun helping to sift freshly ground flour and exploring the power of the water wheel.  Flour and corn meal can be purchased in the gift shop.

Admission is charged.  The mill is open from April through the end of November.  Call for hours of operation and the milling schedule.

   
     


THE WHARTON ESHERICK STUDIO
Horseshoe Trail
P. O. Box 595
Paoli, PA   19301-0595
610 644-5822                                     

Wharton Esherick (1887-1970) was among the vanguard of artists who created an American sculpture style early in the 20th century.  Working primarily in wood, he extended his sculptural forms to furniture, furnishings and interiors.  Considered to be the most influential designer of the century and know as the “Dean of American Craftsmen”, his works are now in major American museums as well as private collections.

The Studio, which took Esherick 40 years to build, reflects the artist’s changing styles from organic to expressionist to the lyrical free forms for which he is best known.  The building, its contents and grounds have been preserved much as they were when he lived and worked there.  On exhibition are more than 200 of his works – paintings, woodcuts, sculpture, furniture – produced between 1920 and 1970.  Pieces are displayed without cases and can be touched and examined closely. 

The Wharton Esherick Studio is a National Historic Landmark for Architecture.  Admission is charged and the Studio is presented through one hour guided tours for which reservations are required.  Groups only are received Monday to Friday. Visitors are requested to wear low-heeled shoes to protect the Studio’s floors.  Call to check hours and days of operation.

   
     


VALLEY FORGE NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK
1400 North Outer Line Drive
King of Prussia, PA   19406-1009
610 783-1077                                     
www.nps.gov/vafo

Valley Forge National Historical Park commemorates the 1777-1778 winter encampment of General George Washington and the Continental Army.  Here you can explore the rolling landscape that helped create a nation.

There are parade grounds, fortifications, woods and open fields.  You can peek into a soldiers’ hut to see what life was like during this long, cold winter.  Monuments throughout the park help to tell the story of this perilous time.

A visit to the Welcome Center is a must.  There are films about the encampment, lectures and displays that help to illustrate this revolutionary time.  The gift shop is packed with books and items that share this time in our nation’s history.  Park Rangers provide a wealth of programs and demonstrations that tell the story and are family friendly.  Bus and trolley tours are available.  The new Once Upon a Nation storytelling program illustrates the story of the Revolutionary War experience.

Washington’s Headquarters is another must stop on a tour of this national park.  A hiking and biking trail encompasses the site and provides recreational activities for residents and visitors alike.

Check the website for a wealth of programs and activities at Valley Forge National Historical Park.

   
     


WEST CHESTER, PENNSYLVANIA

The Borough of West Chester has been the seat of government in Chester County since 1786 although it wasnÕt incorporated until 1799. In the heart of the town is its courthouse, a classical revival building designed in the 1840s by Thomas U. Walter, one of the architects for the Capitol in Washington, D. C. Legal offices abound throughout. Today West Chester is part of the rapidly growing suburban complex surrounding Philadelphia.

The area was originally known as TurkÕs Head after the Inn of the same name located in what is now the center of the borough and was settled principally by members of the Society of Friends. Today the downtown is filled with art galleries, unique retail shops, and a full array of restaurants to please gourmand tastes.

West Chester University, the fourth largest Philadelphia-area university, offers undergraduate and graduate programs. The West Chester Historical Society interprets the history of Chester County with programs and exhibits and a collection to serve researchers. Extraordinary Bed and Breakfast facilities are located in and around the West Chester historic countryside to welcome visitors.

   
     


WINTERTHUR MUSEUM AND COUNTRY ESTATE
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Winterthur, DE   19735
302 888-4600
800 448-3883
www.winterthur.org

Nestled in the heart of Delaware’s beautiful Brandywine Valley, halfway between New York and Washington, D.C., Winterthur is a world set apart – a place where history lives on in spectacular gardens and romantic landscapes, a fabulous mansion filled with magnificent American antiques, and a nationally renowned research library. 

Created in the early 20th century by H. F. du Pont and his father, Winterthur was designed in the spirit of 18th and 19th century European country houses.  Today Winterthur is one of the few surviving great American country estates, beautifully maintained as a place of discovery, delight, exploration and imagination.  Every season, and every visit, promises inspired new experiences and the Winterthur tradition of hospitality.

Step into the inspiring architectural surroundings of the mansion and view magnificent vignettes of antiques celebrating the finest in style and craftsmanship.  The Winterthur Galleries are full of stunning displays of everyday life, art, leisure and work.  Celebrate every season in Winterthur’s naturalistic garden, a masterpiece of color and design.

Garden tram tours make stops at areas of special interest.  Children thrill at the Touch-It Room as well as the crafts and storytelling events.  Visit the museum stores, the library and stop by for a bite to eat at the café or cafeteria.  Special events, shows, fairs and changing exhibitions enhance the visit.  Don’t miss the Yuletide decorations!

Check the website or call for tickets, hours and days of operation.

     
     

 


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