Historic Preservation

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.

**  Proposals are now being accepted from a Consultant, or team of Consultants, to assist in the preparation of a Heritage Tourism Plan for Chester County, Pennsylvania.  **

America 250

Join us in celebrating the 250th anniversary of the United States and Chester County on July 4, 2026!

Town Tours and Village Walks

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.

Honoring Chester County's Legacy

Historic resources policy focuses on the County's enduring heritage evident through its diverse cultural history and distinct historic landscapes.

Historic Resource Mapping and Atlas Projects

Mapping historic resources raises awareness about various types of resources and how they relate to today's landscape setting.

Campaign of 1777

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.

Iron and Steel Heritage Partnership

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

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 for Historic Preservation

eTools provide a starting point for municipalities seeking to address preservation and reuse of historic properties.

County Historic Preservation Planning Policies

Landscapes3, the comprehensive plan for Chester County, addresses historic preservation primarily in the Appreciate goal area.

Issues and Trends

There are several key issues and trends related to historic resources planning.

Underground Railroad Freedom Trail

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.

Historic Preservation Partners

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.