Historical & Hip, Chester County is one of the three original counties of Pennsylvania created by William Penn in 1682. The County derived its name from a town in England called Cheshire and it is part of the historic and scenic Delaware Valley. It is the only Delaware Valley County that does not border Philadelphia, though it is close and within commuting distance to both the City of Philadelphia and the City of Wilmington, Delaware. Chester County is the highest-income county measured per capita and by median household income in Pennsylvania, and has the 24th highest average per capita income in the nation. Chester County is well-known for its rolling hills, horse farms, quaint towns and thriving boroughs and for being home to a number of corporate centers and business centers, allowing many to work where they live. The scenic Brandywine River runs through Chester County and the county is the home to many internationally-recognized museums, gardens, equestrian events, wineries and recreational sites. Chester County carefully guards the heritage of its open space, old houses, cherished landmarks and scenic river. One thing that strikes visitors about this small river valley is the abundance of quaint villages and hamlets dating back to the 1700’s that are still intact and bustling centers of activity. Mile after mile of rolling hills, etched by streams and creeks; woodlands; horse farms, covered bridges, and covered bridges crossing the many stretches of streams and rivers that meander through the countryside. With a long heritage of the equestrian lifestyle, Chester County is home to the Radnor Hunt, Willowdale Steeplechase and Devon Horseshow. For cyclists there are hundreds of miles of country roads to enjoy and for golfers, some of the finest courses in the country. West Chester is the county seat and home to West Chester University. Outside dining at the many restaurants in West Chester is a popular pasttime throughout the summer months and the nightlife is active year round with music, dancing and local theatre productions. Other towns and boroughs including Downingtown, Phoenixville, Malvern, Kennett Square and others have gone through recent revitalizations and each has its own special and unique attractions. Shopping is convenient and the Lancaster County Outlet Malls and King of Prussia Mall are just minutes away.
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