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Chester County Historical Society

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Address: 225 N High St, West Chester, PA 19380-2658
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+1 610-692-4800
09:30 - 16:30
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Wed - Sat 09:30 - 16:30

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this is the place where each summer the historic walks of Chester Co start out - with info and the museum about Chester co, is excellent and display in a great way .. the walks... read more

Reviewed 14 February 2017
Phoenixville, Pennsylvania
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Phoenixville, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 14 February 2017

this is the place where each summer the historic walks of Chester Co start out - with info and the museum about Chester co, is excellent and display in a great way .. the walks each Thurs night during the summer nights start in West Chester and they are truly a good way to get to know your county seat... More 

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Reviewed 13 February 2017

This is a well-maintained center with some interesting artifacts and a pretty easy-to-follow history of the county. They do a particularly good job of showing some aspects of the agricultural and manufacturing history. I enjoyed learning a bit about public houses and their role in the county.

Thank luv2travel60626
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Reviewed 26 December 2016

The Staff their was great., very helpful. The history of Chester County and West Chester was "spot on", I loved the whole time I was there..

Thank Leonard F
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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Reviewed 30 November 2016

Chester county is rich in history and tradition. The society is very helpful so you don't miss anything

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Boca Raton, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 July 2016

Very helpful experts and good resources for Family Genealogy. I was able to get what I needed in a few hours

1 Thank Edward R
Inwood, West Virginia
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Reviewed 7 July 2016 via mobile

I visited yesterday to get more information in my Chester county roots ! It was very well organized and loved that they had newspaper articles by surname . It cost $5 to take pictures with my cellphone and $5 to get in - very reasonable for the resources they had! They also had information from other counties and states. I... More 

1 Thank April R
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Reviewed 23 June 2016

I was researching family genealogy in Chester County from the 1700s. The Chester County History Society Library has an extensive, well indexed collection. I spent 2 days there and had excellent help from the staff.

1 Thank Anne R
West Chester, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 26 April 2016

The Chester County Historical Society is a wonderful resource for local history. Special exhibits change monthly and run the gamut from the Underground Railroad (West Chester was a prominent part of this route) to historical events. The research library is a great place to locate historical information on the area. Onsite rental spaces host a variety of events.

Thank Virginia Z
West Chester, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 23 April 2016

It's a rainy day sort of place. I was here to participate in National History Day, one of many special events the Society sponsors. Did you know that penicillin was discovered here in West Chester? Or that the composer Samuel Barber was born here? Frederick Douglass spoke here many times. Baryard Rustin was born here and so was the painter... More 

Thank Muriel M
West Chester, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 27 October 2015

As a teacher, I've enjoyed the "traveling Trunks" and field trip options available for school children. Their staff is very knowledgeable about Chester County. The museum is family friendly and suggest you visit their website for their every changing calendar of events. The Historical Society also rents for private events.

Thank Kathy D

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