Historic Kennett Square

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.