Chester County is well known for its historic buildings, villages, hamlets, and landscapes that reflect and date back to our nation's 18th century founding and early settlements. This web page provides information on Town Tours and Village Walks, historic preservation planning, and historic properties.
We are celebrating the 250th anniversary of the United States and Chester County on July 4, 2026!
For over 25 years, this partnership has provided a series of free summer walking tours throughout the county, from towns and suburban areas to villages and rural farm areas.
Historic resources policy focuses on the County's enduring heritage evident through its diverse cultural history and distinct historic landscapes.
Mapping historic resources raises awareness about various types of resources and how they relate to today's landscape setting.
In partnership with the regional Brandywine Battlefield Task Force since its founding in 1993, the county has been engaged in local and regional planning efforts related to the Philadelphia Campaign of 1777.
The county has played a crucial role in the formation and growth of our nation through its 300 years of iron and steel industry.
Technical assistance regarding historic resources, preservation, and interpretation is available to the public, municipalities, partners, and others interested in the historic resources and heritage of Chester County.
eTools provide a starting point for municipalities seeking to address preservation and reuse of historic properties.
Landscapes3, the comprehensive plan for Chester County, addresses historic preservation primarily in the Appreciate goal area.
There are several key issues and trends related to historic resources planning.
This thematic trail is the keystone connecting the bi-state Harriet Tubman Scenic Byway to Independence Mall in Philadelphia, highlighting the role of the Underground Railroad in Chester and Delaware Counties.
Planning cannot be completed in a vacuum and is only as good as its partners. The County is fortunate to have many active historic resources partnerships.