Attractions In and Around West Chester

West Chester enjoys the distinction of being chosen as one of America's Dozen Distinctive Destinations by The National Trust for Historic Preservation in 2006. This colonial town is full of historic sites and its walking tours are worth trying. BBonline has compiled a list of attractions just for you.

West Chester Downtown

West Chester, PA 19380

Downtown West Chester is an award winning kaleidoscope of shopping, fine dining, entertainment and cultural fun - Ghost Tours, Swingin' Summer Thursdays, Fashion Masquerade and more. The Philadelphia Inquirer called West Chester "one of the world's most perfect small towns." It was also the 'Best New Shopping District' in 2003, according to Philadelphia Magazine. One look at downtown with its delightful blend of cosmopolitan and small town charm, and you'll know why. It's a pleasure to walk down the streets here, lined with restored storefronts shaded by trees.

Chester County Historical Society
225 N High Street
West Chester, PA 19380
(610) 692-4800
www.chestercohistorical.org

This venue boasts an extraordinary collection of historic artifacts gathered from the region. Cultural events are hosted at the society year-round, such as the festival of Samuel Barber's music and the festival of quilts.

West Chester Railroad
Market Street
Between Matlack and Franklin
West Chester, PA 19380
www.westchesterrr.net

This railroad, one of the oldest in America, offers themed 90-minute train excursions through the beautiful Chester Creek Valley in Pennsylvania. It even has a fascinating murder mystery dinner train. Try one of their nostalgic trips available throughout the year when you're at your West Chester Bed and Breakfast.

The QVC Studio Tour
QVC Studio Park
1200 Wilson Drive
West Chester, PA 19380

For those who are familiar with this home-shopping network (and even for those who aren't) this tour is the tops. You can sign up to be part of a live audience during one of their shows or watch a live show being broadcast in one of the five studios. You can even do some shopping. Seniors and juniors get a discount on the tour tickets.

William Brinton 1704 House
21 Oakland Road (Old Wilmington-West Chester Pike)
West Chester, PA 19382

This restored historic Quaker home where William Brinton, Jr. used to live, is a museum today run by the Brinton Association of America. Built in the medieval England style, the building offers a visual feast with its period furnishings, an indoor bake oven and 27 leaded casement windows. Tours operate from May through October. A great way to spend the day before getting back to your cozy West Chester Inn.

Franklin Court House
Independence National Historical Park
143 S. Third Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Originally the home of the famous inventor, Benjamin Franklin, the Franklin Court House is a museum with underground and above ground levels, displaying Franklin's inventions and providing glimpses into his life. The exhibits are fun and imaginatively done. Dolls in period costumes discuss the Stamp Act and the English Parliament in 1765.

There are other museums in the area related to Ben Franklin's various avocations as printer, Post Master General and more. There's the Printing Office and Bindery where you can see how books were made at that time, the Benjamin Franklin Post Office with the postal museum above it, and others worth peeping into. The site is about 27 miles from West Chester.