Historic Yellow Springs

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.