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Chester County Historical Society

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Address: 225 N High St, West Chester, PA 19380-2658
Phone Number: (610) 692-4800
9:30 am - 4:30 pm
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Wed - Sat 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

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Doing my Family Tree

Very helpful experts and good resources for Family Genealogy. I was able to get what I needed in a few hours

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 19, 2016
Edward R
Boca Raton, Florida
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Boca Raton, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016

Very helpful experts and good resources for Family Genealogy. I was able to get what I needed in a few hours

Thank Edward R
Inwood, West Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2016 via mobile

I visited yesterday to get more information in my Chester county roots ! It was very well organized and loved that they had newspaper articles by surname . It cost $5 to take pictures with my cellphone and $5 to get in - very reasonable for the resources they had! They also had information from other counties and states. I... More 

Thank April R
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016

I was researching family genealogy in Chester County from the 1700s. The Chester County History Society Library has an extensive, well indexed collection. I spent 2 days there and had excellent help from the staff.

Thank Anne R
West Chester, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

The Chester County Historical Society is a wonderful resource for local history. Special exhibits change monthly and run the gamut from the Underground Railroad (West Chester was a prominent part of this route) to historical events. The research library is a great place to locate historical information on the area. Onsite rental spaces host a variety of events.

Thank Virginia Z
West Chester, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2016

It's a rainy day sort of place. I was here to participate in National History Day, one of many special events the Society sponsors. Did you know that penicillin was discovered here in West Chester? Or that the composer Samuel Barber was born here? Frederick Douglass spoke here many times. Baryard Rustin was born here and so was the painter... More 

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West Chester, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

As a teacher, I've enjoyed the "traveling Trunks" and field trip options available for school children. Their staff is very knowledgeable about Chester County. The museum is family friendly and suggest you visit their website for their every changing calendar of events. The Historical Society also rents for private events.

Thank Kathy D
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015 via mobile

My wife took the family here because she wanted to do historical research of her family, with roots in the area. This place us well-designed and quiet- very serious library atmosphere. There is a whole procedure for copying historical dicuments.

Thank Buc_Haish
Blowing Rock, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

Take the Time to visit this Great place, Learn about the history of chester County and the Town of West Chester

Thank Blooms4you
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

We went for the 60's Movie memorabilia exhibit-fun to see how many movies we saw as teens! It's housed i a fun, old building with friendly staff.

Thank GailCooks
Coatesville, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

Well informed guide and wonderful architectural features in this quaint town; tour was about 90 minutes through the down town area

Thank Melody M

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