Early Years

Englishman, Quaker and explorer, William Penn established Chester County in 1682 as one of the first three counties in Pennsylvania along with Bucks and Delaware counties. West Chester, Chester County’s county seat, was originally named “Turk’s Head” and had a population of 374 in 1799. Other remarkable towns in Chester County including Kennett Square, Phoenixville, Coatesville and Malvern have their own unique agricultural, revolutionary and industrial histories. Malvern is home to the Paoli Massacre of 1777, just after the Battle of the Brandywine on September 11, 1777, and General “Mad” Anthony Wayne’s residence, Waynesborough, is just around the corner in Paoli.