About the Downtown
Nestled in the heart of the Brandywine Valley just 2.5 hours from Washington DC, downtown West Chester Pennsylvania reflects the small-town charm and cosmopolitan tastes that prompted The Philadelphia Inquirer to call West Chester ". . . one of the world's most perfect small towns."
The Brandywine Traveler
When staying in downtown West Chester, check out highlights of the more than 100 nearby attractions at the Brandywine Traveler. It includes an itinerary for Scenic Route 52 at Interstate 95.
West Chester is the dining destination for the Brandywine Valley, with more than 75 restaurants offering a menu for every taste and budget. See the new art exhibit by Adrian Martinez at the Chester County Historical Society through December 2017. Shopping is always fun at the dozens of shops and boutiques throughout downtown.
History and Architecture
West Chester's entire downtown district is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Enjoy the Greek Revival architecture along High Street that gave West Chester the nickname Athens of Pennsylvania. Within the Borough limits, there are over 4,200 structures, some dating back to the colonial period.
Stroll along brick sidewalks past the building where Abraham Lincoln began his quest for the presidency and where the great African-American folk artist Horace Pippin lived and painted.