Town Tours and Village Walks — Summer 2020

Beacons of Pride, Architecture, Artistry and Personal Expression

The Chester County Board of Commissioners through the Chester County Planning Commission, Westtown Township, and our sponsors announce the 26th summer of sharing Chester County's heritage during the annual Town Tours & Village Walks.

Town Tours & Village Walks is a series of free summer strolls through historic neighborhoods, hamlets, villages and sites. This summer you can explore Chester County's heritage on Thursday evenings, June 11th - August 20th. Each tour is designed to inform, entertain and increase awareness of Chester County's rich heritage and historic landscape. A number of our sites offer a good selection of restaurants and shops to enjoy after your tour.

Please note: Tours generally last 50 minutes and begin at 5:30 pm with the last tour leaving at 7:00 pm unless otherwise indicated in the brochure. There will be a Kick-Off program on June 11th with pre-registration starting at 5:30 pm. The August 1st and August 20th bus tours and the August 6th supper lecture require advance registration with specific instructions. Specific instructions will be included in the upcoming brochure. Stay tuned!

Congress passed the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 stating that "the spirit and direction of the Nation are founded upon and reflected in its historic heritage and that the historical and cultural foundations of the Nation should be preserved as a living part of our community life…" This is done, it states to give "a sense of orientation to the American people." This recognition of the historic landscape and the cultural legacy it speaks to is the cornerstone of why we preserve and interpret historic structures. Every summer we explore the relationship of our historic built landscape to the meaning our lives today. This summer, we will focus on the part of our cultural legacy that includes artistic and personal expression in our county — both fleeting and lasting — and their relationship with our built history. We will explore fox hunting, cowboys, a Free Love movement, English country house expression, government authority, murals, majolica, and art among our cultural themes.