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Town Tours and Village Walks

Town Tours and Village Walks

Town Tours PhotosThe Chester County Board of Commissioners through the Chester County Planning Commission, the Chester County Historical Society, Westtown Township, the Chester County Historic Preservation Network, and the Chester County Conference and Visitors Bureau announce the 20th summer of sharing Chester County's heritage during the annual "Town Tours and Village Walks."

Town Tours and 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 12 – August 21. Tours begin at 5:30 pm and generally last one hour. The last tour leaves at 7:00 pm unless daylight allows for additional tours. Each tour is sponsored and designed by our municipal historical commissions and organizations 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 will tour the southwest quadrant of West Chester's Historic District, East Pikeland's historic bridges, the Battle of the Clouds at Historic Yellow Springs, the history of the Phoenix Iron Company, the historic villages of Birchrunville, Fricks Locks, Romansville, and Nantmeal Village and the historic districts of Malvern and Oxford Borough. Historic fare tastings, special living history presentations, and three brand new tour sites are all features of this summer's program.

Last year, over 2,000 Chester County citizens and visitors enthusiastically endorsed the assortment of historic evening walking tours! The program is endorsed by Preservation Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.

Important: For everyone who has enjoyed past tours, we remind you there will be no preregistration after the first tour in West Chester. The one exception is tour #8, Malvern Borough. Also, please remember for popular tours there can be a wait of up to 15 minutes.

Weather Updates: For rescheduled tours visit this website or contact Karen Marshall, Heritage Preservation Coordinator, at 610-344-6923 or For weather and other updates, see the specific tour. Weather updates will be posted after 3pm.

Thursdays aren't the only day to be outside enjoying Chester County's unique landscape. Check out our Guide to Local Farm Products in Chester County which offers many ideas for exploring the countryside.