Located in West Vincent Township, Birchrunville and the surrounding countryside lay along the path Washington used to march his troops to Valley Forge, where the army spent the brutal winter of 1777-78.
Consisting of 119 acres of wetlands, woodlands and meadows, Black Rock Sanctuary is dedicated to wildlife habitat and public use.
Constructed circa 1740 with upgrades circa 1840 and 1902, the old Woolen Mill adjacent to Charlestown Road in Charlestown Village has been a land mark for many years.
As one of three original counties founded by William Penn in 1682, Chester County enjoys a rich and vitally important role in the development of this country.
Lost in the deep woods sheltering the Manatawny and Ironstone Creeks is a mythical secret valley. Though today only white-tailed deer, great blue heron, and bald eagles know the beauty of this legendary land, it was once the province of pioneers and patriots.
The historic powder mill was built in 1776, after there was a shortage of gun powder by a proclamation of King George III, which stopped any exports of the powder to America.The mill was established in a remote area, which is now Kimberton near French Creek, and was designed to be able to produce two tons of powder per week.
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Coventryville was founed in 1717 by Samuel Nutt. Coventry Forge was the first iron forge in Chester County as a result of the areas rich deposits of iron and limestone. Iron making continued at the site through the 19th century.
Crow's Nest Preserve is made up of 621 acres of woodlands, meadows, and crop fields along French Creek.
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Downingtown’s origins are of a small village located midway between Philadelphia and Lancaster. The village was first known as Milltown since it was the location of the last mills on the edge of the unsettled western frontier. Thomas Moore erected ‘a water corn mill’ in 1716 and Roger Hunt established a gristmill in 1739.
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East Nantmeal, Chester County, Pennsylvania, began when Welsh Quakers settled in Nantmeal, or Nantmel, as first noted on County tax lists in 1717.
Originally part of West Nantmeal Township, early settlement in the area of present-day Elverson responded to its situation along an established trade route from Lancaster to the French Creek iron furnaces at a location where travelers had access to three strong springs.
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Land in the current hamlet of Ercildoun was first settled by Quaker farmers in the final years of the eighteenth century. In 1801 the current Fallowfield Friends Meeting House was built.

The hamlet of Mortonville was founded between 1767 and 1772 by Thomas Hayes, who erected a grist mill and sawmill where the Strasburg Road crossed the Brandywine Creek, on the east bank. 

Fricks Locks Village began as a family farm.  When the Schuylkill Naviation Company built ‘the locks’ a small village developed supported by the commerce possible due to the canal traffic. 
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A 19th century iron plantation with over 900 acres, including the 90 acre Chambers Lake, Hibernia features historic ruins along with the iron masters mansion redesigned in the early 20th century to emulate a English county house.  
Located on the outskirts of Malvern, Historic Sugartown preserves the 19th-century crossroads village of Sugartown. Originally called "Shugart's Town" after tavern keeper Eli Shugart, Sugartown was a vital stop for weary travelers hauling wagonloads of goods to the markets of Philadelphia and other parts of Chester County.
Historic Yellow Springs is a living village that spans almost 300 years of our nation’s history and is steeped in such distinguished tradition and folklore that it stirs the imagination of all who visit the property.
The last large, unbroken forest left in southeastern Pennsylvania, Hopewell Big Woods is one of the most important natural areas in the region.
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Hopewell Furnace showcases an early American industrial landscape from natural resource extraction to enlightened conservation.

Originally part of Hopewell Furnace and other area iron plantations, today French Creek State Park is an oasis for people and wildlife.  

The history of the Horse-Shoe Trail is closely related to the development of the iron industry in this part of Pennsylvania during the 18th and 19th centuries. The many furnaces and forges were connected by trails leading through the charcoal forests between them. Portions of these trails have survived to become today’s Horse-Shoe Trail.
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Nestled in an area rich with iron ore, abundant woodland for charcoal, limestone, and waterways to provide power, lies Joanna Furnace -- a historic remnant of Berks County's thriving early iron industry.
A full service 18th century village located off Route 113, Kimberton Village is home to the illustrious and historic Kimberton Waldorf School. The Kimberton Historic District includes sixty-two buildings and two structures along three eighteenth and nineteenth century roadways that helped to make the village a local education, market, and transportation center.
Ludwig’s Corner, located in West Vincent Township, stands at the intersection of Routes 100 and 401 which is known as the Conestoga Pike. This was the main path of travel between Philadelphia and western towns and villages as far as Lancaster.
Marsh Creek State Park is in the rolling hills of north central Chester County. The 1,727-acre park contains the 535-acre Marsh Creek Lake, which is a wonderful resource for fishing, sailing and migrating waterfowl.
The village of Marshallton, originally a Quaker settlement, was first settled in the 1760s. Primarily an agricultural community, the settlement flourished as a crossroad village due to its proximity to Strasburg Road and nearby waterways.
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With its beginnings in the early 19th century, the iron and steel industry played a key role in transforming both Pennsylvania and the nation. Coatesville, Pennsylvania is central to this important story. It was here, in 1825, that a female entrepreneur named Rebecca Lukens began managing the mill and created a successful iron-making operation on the Brandywine River.
Revolutionary War Battle site which pitted nearly 4,000 of the best British and American soldiers in a midnight raid where Redcoat atrocities named it the “Paoli Massacre”.
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Originally called Manavon, Phoenixville was settled in 1732 and incorporated as a borough in 1849. In its industrial heyday early in the twentieth century, it was an important manufacturing center and it was the site of great iron and steel mills such as the Phoenix Iron Works.
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In 1715, Thomas Rutter purchased land where he would build his first forge, on or near the present campus of Pine Forge Academy.
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Pottsgrove Manor exemplifies the restrained elegance of early Georgian architecture popular with wealthy English gentry during the mid-18th century. Built in 1752 for John Potts, ironmaster and founder of Pottstown, the mansion was situated on a nearly 1,000 acre plantation, which by 1762 included the town of "Pottsgrove." A forge for refining pig iron was also located on the original property.
Rapp’s Dam Covered Bridge crosses the French Creek on Rapps Dam Road between Routes 113 and 23 in East Pikeland Township. This bridge was constructed in 1866 by Benjamin F. Hartman and is one of 15 surviving covered bridges in Chester County.
Learn about the role the Schuylkill River region played in three revolutions: the American, Industrial and Environmental.
From Valley Forge National Park to the historic City of Reading, the 929,057 acre Schuylkill Highlands of southeastern Pennsylvania and the Schuylkill River watershed comprise a special area of historical, natural, recreational and economic importance!
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The Schuylkill River Heritage Center, which sits on the site of the former Phoenix Iron and Steel Company, is a unique, interpretive way to experience the pictures and pieces of the past to give a better understanding of Phoenixville’s Iron and Steel legacy and its place in the Schuylkill River’s history.
With the 128-mile Schuylkill River as its spine, our Schuylkill River National and State Heritage Area is alive with a remarkable diversity of historic, recreational and cultural attractions. 
Built in 1850, the Sheeder-Hall Covered Bridge is the oldest standing covered bridge in Chester County.
Nestled among many acres of quiet forest Saint Peters Village is home to historic residences and quaint shops and restaurants. This former company town has not changed much since the late 19th century, when they provided housing for the workers of the region's now-silent iron mines and granite quarries.
Nestled along the Pickering Creek in Chester Springs, Pennsylvania, The Mill at Anselma is an extraordinary artifact of 250 years of Chester County’s industrial heritage.
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Valley Forge was the site of the 1777-78 winter encampment of the Continental Army. The park commemorates the sacrifices and perseverance of the Revolutionary War generation and honors the ability of citizens to pull together and overcome adversity during extraordinary times.
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In the 18th and 19th centuries, Warwick’s woodlands provided much of the raw timber used to make charcoal for the region’s iron furnaces and forges. Remains of the iron industry can still be seen at various charcoal hearths along old cart paths and trails.
Welkinweir is a 197-acre oasis of natural beauty located in the pastoral heart of northern Chester County. The former estate features a 55-acre arboretum, historic estate house, and ecologically diverse woodland, wetland, and meadow habitats.
Pine Creek Park at 1488 Yellow Springs Road is a community park open to all. It encompasses 70 acres where you find a playground, nature trails, a creek and sports fields that support the youth of the area.