Welcome to West Chester, Pennsylvania,
a National Trust “Distinctive Destination”
Nearly 90 percent of this picture-perfect borough – with its lovely town center and famed brick sidewalks – is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Nestled in the heart of the Brandywine Valley, downtown West Chester reflects the small-town charm and cosmopolitan tastes that prompted The Philadelphia Inquirer to call West Chester “. . . one of the world’s most perfect small towns”. A walkable community, West Chester was listed by Frommer’s Travel Guide as a Top 10 “Best Small-Town Downtowns” and is home to dozens of outstanding restaurants, art galleries and boutiques. The Chester County Historical Society and YMCA are just steps from the Evans Street Office Complex. West Chester is host to many business and professional associations. The Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce strives to create the best business environment in which to work, live, and prosper.
West Chester is located near three Pennsylvania Revolutionary War historic sites – Brandywine, Paoli, and Valley Forge. Today, West Chester is a university and residential community with fine examples of Victorian and Greek Revival architecture, including the Chester County Courthouse, designed by Thomas U. Walter, one of the architects of the U.S. Capitol. Other major tourist attractions minutes from West Chester include Longwood Gardens, Brandywine Museum, Winterthur Museum and Gardens, Chaddsford Winery, American Helicopter Museum, QVC Studios, and more.
Downtown West Chester has received numerous awards and recognition.
Here are just a few:
- Selected as a Most Livable Place by Livability.com
- Listed in the Top 100 Best Places to Raise a Family and Top Ten for Best Small-town Downtowns by Frommers
- Included in the Top 10 of Money Magazine’s Best Places to Live for America’s Best Small Towns
- Featured on Gozaic.com, a travel heritage website developed by the National Trust for Historic Preservation
- Rated as Walkers’ Paradise by WalkScore.com
- Included in the Top 100 Best Places to Live for Singles by CNN money.com
- Eleven downtown businesses listed on MyFoxPhilly HOT LIST
- Selected as a Distinctive Destination by The National Trust for Historic Preservation
- Designated an Achiever Program by the Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development
- Inducted into the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities
- Recognized as one of four Great Neighborhoods by the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Planning Association
- Included in the Annual Best Places to Live by Main Line Today Magazine
- Listed as one of 25 Best Affordable Suburbs in Business Week Magazine
- One of three winners of the Great American Main Street Award from the National Main Street Center, Inc.
- Selected as a Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation for the 25th year
“This charming, well-preserved county seat in the heart of beautiful Chester County boasts a wonderful array of classical architecture, designed by such notable early Philadelphia architects as Walter and Strickland.”
“You want it? West Chester has it. A host of community events — from the September Chili Cook-off to the May Festival to an Old-Fashioned Christmas to the annual Turk’s Head Music Festival — keeps the family happy.”
MAIN LINE TODAY MAGAZINE
“…the little shops, the restaurants, and the people obviously enjoying themselves – that will hook you, that will make you want to come back to experience more.”
THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER