2022 Town Tours and Village Walks
Explore our Villages "Founding Mothers and Fathers"
Town Tours & Village Walks is a series of free summer strolls through historic neighborhoods, hamlets, villages, and sites to learn about significant founders of these places or institutions and explore what they are today!
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.
This summer you can explore Chester County's heritage on Thursday evenings, June 9th — August 18th. Please note that tours generally last 50 minutes and begin at 5:30 pm with the last tour leaving at 7:00 pm, except for the July 7th bus tour that requires advance registration.
Founded in 1682 by William Penn, Chester County enjoyed fertile soil, moderate climate, abundant natural resources, and access to nearby markets. Here the early settlers quickly realized the quality of the rich soils and the abundant creeks, tributaries and their considerable slope, could power numerous mills which became the early centers of trade. Slowly trails were formalized into dirt roads leading to Philadelphia and vital market and cultural centers. These roads also connected trade centers located at mills and furnaces as well as cultural and social destinations of taverns and sacred places. The names of the majority of roads throughout the county still reflect their original destination of an early business, meetinghouse or tavern. Crucial to economic vitality, villages developed starting in the late 18th century, at the crossroads of early roads and destinations. As technology spurred innovation in the 19th century, canal, railroad and industrial villages grew into towns. By the early 19th century, our boroughs and Coatesville City were well on their way to becoming the cultural and economic centers we know today.
- Sites have limited handicapped access — please contact Chester County Planning Commission for specific needs.
- CDC guidelines for in-person events will be followed.
- As an attendee of this event, you agree to the release of photos that may be taken and used on our website, social media sites, and publications.
- Chester County Board of Commissioners
- Chester County Conference & Visitors Bureau
- Chester County Historic Preservation Network
- Chester County History Center
- Chester County Planning Commission
The Planning Commission is pleased to support the 2022 Town Tours and Village Walks and thanks the many partners and volunteers who make the program an annual success, as we welcome this summer's participants in learning about the county's heritage.
2021 Virtual Town Tours and Village Walks Recordings
The 2021 Town Tours and Village Walks Summer Series took place virtually and in person. View the recordings from 2021.
2020 Virtual Town Tours and Village Walks Recordings
The 2020 Town Tours and Village Walks Virtual Summer Series took place virtually through Zoom, a free video conferencing software for use with computers, tablets and cell phones. View the recordings from 2020.