Measuring Success

How we APPRECIATE

2020

The Landscapes3 Appreciate Goal is to "Preserve the historic resources and landscapes that define our cultural heritage to inspire the future through tangible connections to our shared past." The following success stories represent key examples of how this goal has been realized through the actions of public and private entities throughout Chester County. This listing is not exhaustive and there are many more such success stories to be found around the county.

Kennett Heritage Center

Throughout 2020, planning and design was undertaken for the Kennett Heritage Center in Kennett Square Borough. The Center will encourage visitors to engage in the area's historic landscape through tours, special events, and an educational kiosk. The Center will include displays of the area's history from the 1700s to the 1900s. This initiative helps to implement Landscapes3 Appreciate Recommendation 2, "Expand historic interpretation and education."

PhotoChester County Historical Preservation Network Workshops

In February 2020, the Chester County Historical Preservation Network held the Preservation Leadership Luncheon, and in March they held their Spring Workshop. Presentations addressed demolition review issues, historic resource criteria standards, identifying historic architectural details, and defining historic resources. This training helps to implement Landscapes3 Appreciate Recommendation 4, "Expand preservation training."

PhotoMaster Plan for Birmingham Hill

In May 2020, a town hall meeting was held regarding the master plan for the 113-acre Birmingham Hill preserve in Birmingham Township. The plan addresses historical interpretation for the Battle of Brandywine in 1777. Proposed improvements include trails, parking, a viewing terrace, and a commemorative monument. This initiative helps to implement Landscapes3 Appreciate Recommendation 2, "Expand historic interpretation and education."

Photo2020 Town Tours and Village Walks Virtual Summer Series

In September 2020, the Town Tours and Village Walks program celebrated its 26th year of providing tours to historic sites. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the 2020 season consisted of six "Live at Five" virtual events which focused on Phoenixville, Historic Sugartown, Hibernia Mansion, West Chester, Yellow Springs, and Kennett Square. This series helps to implement Landscapes3 Appreciate Recommendation 2, "Expand historic interpretation and education."

PhotoBrandywine Battlefield Interactive Map

In September 2020, the Chester County Archives and Records Services released an interactive online tool called the 1777 Chester County Property Atlas. This webpage lists who lived on certain properties in Chester County in September off 1777, which was when the Battle of Brandywine occurred along the Brandywine Creek. This mapping resource helps to implement Landscapes3 Appreciate Recommendation 6, "Enhance the historical record of the county."

PhotoLincoln University Receives Grant for Historic Preservation

In April 2020, Lincoln University received a $500,000 grant from the National Park Service's African American Civil Rights Grant Program to renovate their "Amos House" and turn it into a historic Heritage Center. The Heritage Center will promote the preservation and continued study of Lincoln University's rich cultural heritage and legacy, and helps to implement Landscapes3 Appreciate Recommendation 2, "Expand historic interpretation and education."

The Rebranded Chester County History Center

In June 2020, the former Chester County Historical Society in West Chester rebranded itself as the Chester County History Center, while at the same time changing its core exhibits. The changes to the displays required that the exhibit space be closed, which happened to coincide with pandemic restrictions. When COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, the new Center facilities will open to the public. This initiative helps to implement Landscapes3 Appreciate Recommendation 2, "Expand interpretation and education."

PhotoPlanning tools for Historic Resources

During 2020, the Planning Commission posted historic resource related eTools on its municipal assistance web page. Guidance on municipal standards for the protection of historic buildings, structures, neighborhoods, and landscapes have been updated as well as guidance for municipalities to identify policies and measures to achieve cultural and historic resource preservation goals. These tools help to implement Landscapes3 Appreciate Recommendation 4, "Expand preservation training."

2019

During 2019, public and private organizations undertook various initiatives that helped to implement the Landscapes3 Appreciate Goal, "Preserve the historic resources and landscapes that define our cultural heritage to inspire the future through tangible connections to our shared past." The following success stories highlight some of the more notable initiatives.

PhotoTown Tours and Village Walks Celebrates 25th Anniversary

In 2019, more than 2,000 people attended the 25th anniversary of the Town Tours & Village Walks program. These walking tours, held on summer evenings, wind through historic neighborhoods, hamlets, villages, and historic sites and districts. They help the county's historical commissions and societies to showcase local history, particularly new historical research. This initiative helps to implement Landscapes3 recommendation, "Expand heritage tourism programs."

PhotoNational Register Historic Resources Interactive Map

In 2019, the Planning Commission produced a web based interactive map listing all properties that are either listed, or eligible to be listed, on the National Register of Historic Places. The county ranks second in the state for the number of individually-listed properties and districts in the National Register for Historic Places. The map features approximately 635 properties. This initiative helps to implement Landscapes3 recommendation, "Expand historic interpretation and education."

PhotoMunicipal Historic Atlas Maps

In 2019, Municipal Historic Atlas maps were initiated by nine of Chester County's municipalities. These maps are compiled by municipal historical commission members and interested volunteers, to identify historic resources (buildings, structures, sites, and objects) that are at least 50 years old, as a starting point to follow the guidelines of the National Register of Historic Places. This initiative helps to implement Landscapes3 recommendation, "Update historic resource inventories."

PhotoBe Here Brewing in Avondale and the Historic Bull Tavern in Schuylkill Townsip

In 2019, there were two developments that typified adaptive reuse of historic buildings. Avondale's first brewpub, Be Here Brewing, opened in the restored National Bank of Avondale which was built in 1895. Also, the Valley Veterinary Hospital moved their practices to what was once the historic Bull Tavern (built in 1734) located in Schuylkill Township. These initiatives help to implement Landscapes3 recommendation, "Promote adaptive reuse and compatible development."

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