Thursday, June 29 2023 10:28

Chester County Town Tours & Village Walks

Written by County Lines Magazine

"Our Agricultural Heritage"

Take an evening (or two or three) and enjoy these summer strolls through historic neighborhoods, hamlets, villages and sites throughout the county. You’ll be informed, entertained and have an increased awareness of Chester County’s rich heritage and historic landscape. Tours are from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Kennett Square

July 13 – Kennett Square’s Agricultural Past: It’s Not All About Mushrooms!
The tour begins on the main commercial street with the sites of three historic buildings in Kennett Square. Then the tour meanders through the residential district where our agricultural leaders lived or worked. 120 E. Linden St., exit garage to Genesis Walkway.

July 20 – Spackman-Davis Farm, Caln Township
Tour one of the earliest working farms in Chester County that helped spawn the county’s growth as a leader in agricultural production. Nearly all of Caln was once farmland that produced field crops, dairy and livestock, including the largest chicken farm in Pennsylvania. 3401 E. Kings Hwy. (Rt. 340), Downingtown.

Grove United Methodist Church, West Chester

July 27 – Grove United Methodist Church, West Whiteland Township
Learn about the rich history of the congregation of Grove Church — once referred to as “the country church” — now in its 250th year of worship. 490 W. Boot Rd., West Chester.

August 3 – Historic Farms, Upper Uwchlan Township
Three historic farms will be spotlighted, demonstrating Upper Uwchlan’s agricultural heritage. All three farms include at least one intact historic building dating from the mid-1700s. Tours start at Upland Farm Park, 301 Pottstown Pk., Chester Springs.

August 10 – Yeager’s Farm & Market, East Pikeland Township
At least seven generations of the Yeager family have farmed several parcels in the southwestern corner of the township, and several generations continue the tradition. The tour shows how some family farms have adapted to changes over the past few years as crops have changed. 1015 Pike Springs Rd. (Rt. 113), Phoenixville.

Historic Yellow Springs

August 17 – Historic Yellow Springs, West Pikeland Township
Historic Yellow Springs: Barns Repurposed

Author and barn historian Gregory D. Huber will present a history of Chester County barns and how they evolved. The village of Yellow Springs is home to two such barns, built to store grains and animals. They were adapted to become theaters, fine arts and movie production studios. 1701 Art School Rd., Chester Springs.

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