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Take an in-depth look at the oldest record preserved at the Chester County Archives and learn about its significance over 340 years.

On February 14, 1683, local residents assembled at the House of Defense for their regular court session. When the court clerk, Thomas Revell, opened the court docket, however, he did something a little different. Instead of writing “Court of Upland” like he and his predecessors had done for decades since the period of Swedish colonial rule, Revell wrote “Court held at Chester for the County of Chester.” “Chester” had now become the official name of our county government.

This unique program celebrates more than 340 years of Chester County history. It will highlight the political establishment of Pennsylvania and Chester County. It will feature the oldest record preserved at the Chester County Archives, focusing on its origins and significance. The program will premier a new educational video that discusses in detail the specific people, places, and events featured in this court docket.

Attendees can join us virtually through Zoom or by reserving an in-person seat at the Chester County Government Services Center (601 Westtown RD, West Chester, PA 19382). Those interested in attending in person must email CCArchives@Chesco.org to reserve a seat. Space is limited.

The event is free but registration is required.

Register here!


Chester County History Center
225 North High Street
West Chester, PA 19380 United States
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