About Chester County, PA

In 1682, William Penn established Chester County as one of the three original counties in the Pennsylvania Colony.  Chester county has a total land area of 759 square miles.  The county was the scene of important activities in 1777 & 1778.


Points of Interest:  

Longwood Gardens:  Long before it was a public garden, Longwood Gardens was home to the native Lenni Lenape tribe and Quaker farmers.  Since then, founder Pierre S du Pont has transformed this into a majestic property that is enjoyed by more than a million guests each year.


Brandywine Battlefield:  The Battle of Brandywine was the largest single day engagement of the American Revolution.  On September 11, 1777, nearly 11,000 soldiers, commanded by Washington, squared off on a ten square mile (roughly 35,000 acres).  Although a loss, the battle helped convince France that the Americans were resilient and a stubborn force.  


Kennett Underground Railroad Center:  Kennett Square played an important role in the Underground Railroad, the network of meeting places, secret routes and safe houses that were used by slaves to escape into free states and Canada in the early to mid 1800s.  There were dozens of Underground Railroad stations within an 8-mile radius in Kennett Square.