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Historical Markers and War Memorials in West Chester

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West Chester, Pennsylvania and Vicinity
    Chester County (236)
    Berks County (257)
    Delaware County (196)
    Lancaster County (334)
    Montgomery County (234)
    New Castle County, Delaware (426)
    Cecil County, Maryland (167)
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1Pennsylvania (Chester County), West Chester — 97th Regiment of Pennsylvania Volunteers Memorial
(East Side): Erected by the Surviving Members of the Ninety Seventh Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers to the Memory of Its Dead. Dedicated October 29, 1887 (North Side): Field and Staff Officers at the organization of the . . . — Map (db m41062) HM
2Pennsylvania (Chester County), West Chester — Bank of Chester CountyNational Register Of Historic Places — Historic Site 2 Borough of West Chester —
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places — Map (db m70662) HM
3Pennsylvania (Chester County), West Chester — Barnard Street Public School - Denney Tag CompanyDenney Reyburn Senior Apartments — National Register of Historic Places —
The National Registry of Historic Places Denney Reyburn Senior Apartments 1841-1887 ~ Barnard Street Public School First public school in West Chester 1887-1985 ~ Tag factory of S.L. Denney First automatic tag manufacturing plant . . . — Map (db m108804) HM
4Pennsylvania (Chester County), West Chester — Bayard Rustin(1910 -1987)
Born here, the civil rights leader and pacifist organized the 1963 March on Washington. Head of A. Philip Randolph Institute, 1966-1979. Elected to Henderson High School Hall of Fame. — Map (db m8243) HM
5Pennsylvania (Chester County), West Chester — Chester County
One of Pennsylvania's three original counties, formed 1682 by William Penn. Name derived from Cheshire in England. West Chester, the county seat since 1788, was incorporated in 1799. County was the scene of important military activities in 1777-1778. — Map (db m50505) HM
6Pennsylvania (Chester County), West Chester — Chester County CourthouseWest Chester, PA — Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972 —
The first court house within the limits of the present County of Chester stood at this corner on a plot of ground 115 feet in front by 165 feet in depth The building, begun in 1784 and completed in 1786, was used until 1846 when the present . . . — Map (db m50499) HM
7Pennsylvania (Chester County), West Chester — Chester County World War II Veterans Memorial
Chester County Remembers World War II Veterans Community Commemorative Committee of Chester County (1991 – 1995) November 11, 1995 — Map (db m49253) HM
8Pennsylvania (Chester County), West Chester — David Townsend House — Historic Site 5 - Borough of West Chester —
David Townsend House This Property Devised December 1951 by Marion Hoopes Stevenson To the Chester County Historical Society As a memorial To her Great-Grandfather DAVID TOWNSEND 1787 – 1858 Banker, Botanist, Civic . . . — Map (db m50314) HM
9Pennsylvania (Chester County), West Chester — Disabled Veterans of Chester County Pennsylvania Memorial
To honor all disabled veterans of Chester County who served their country and were wounded or injured in the line of duty DAV 90 — Map (db m49144) WM
10Pennsylvania (Chester County), West Chester — Everhart Grove — Today known as Everhart Park —
EVERHART GROVE Donated to the Borough of West Chester By Dr. Isaiah Everhart In the year 1905 Erected 1920 — Map (db m72833)
11Pennsylvania (Chester County), West Chester — Frederick Douglass(1818 - 1895)
Champion of human freedom, African American abolitionist, newspaper editor, U.S. Colored Troops recruiter, U.S. ambassador to Haiti, and orator, Frederick Douglass gave his last public address "Against Lynch Law" here on February 1, 1895. A frequent . . . — Map (db m8135) HM
12Pennsylvania (Chester County), West Chester — G. Raymond Rettew
A West Chester chemist, he pioneered the mass production of penicillin, the world's first antibiotic. In 1943, with Wyeth Laboratories, his lab (a converted auto repair shop here) made & sent more penicillin to the Armed Forces than any other lab in . . . — Map (db m8153) HM
13Pennsylvania (Chester County), West Chester — Garden of HonorArmy - Marines - Navy - Air Force - Coast Guard — West Chester, PA —
“We, A group of Veterans, their family and friends, have erected this memorial to Honor our Country’s Veterans, living and deceased, from the Greater West Chester area.” — Map (db m49719) WM
14Pennsylvania (Chester County), West Chester — General Lafayette
After visiting the Brandywine Battlefield on July 26, 1825, General Lafayette came to West Chester. From a point half a block west from here, he reviewed troops parading in his honor. — Map (db m50265) HM
15Pennsylvania (Chester County), West Chester — Historic American Structureon East Gay Street in — West Chester, (once called Turk's Head) Pennsylvania —
This Structure Has Been recorded by the HISTORIC AMERICAN BUILDINGS SURVEY of the United States Department of the Interior for its Archives at the Library of Congress — Map (db m92811) HM
16Pennsylvania (Chester County), West Chester — Historic West Chester, Pennsylvania Building — Placed on the National Register of Historic Places —
This Property has been placed on the NATIONAL REGISTER of HISTORIC PLACES by the United States Department of the Interior — Map (db m92812) HM
17Pennsylvania (Chester County), West Chester — Horace Pippin
Born in West Chester in 1888. Pippin occupied this house from 1920 until his death in 1946. A self-taught black artist, he painted while living here such notable works as "Domino Players," "John Brown Going to His Hanging," and the "Holy Mountain" . . . — Map (db m8156) HM
18Pennsylvania (Chester County), West Chester — Joseph T. Rothrock
Conservationist, father of the State Forest idea in Pennsylvania, lived in this house from 1876 until his death in 1922. He pioneered in the development of forest fire control, reforestation, and scientific forestry. — Map (db m8240) HM
19Pennsylvania (Chester County), West Chester — Lincoln BiographyPlaced on the National Register of Historic Places - 1979
The first published biography of Abraham Lincoln was printed in this building on Feb. 11, 1860. It was prepared from Lincoln's own notes, and served to introduce him to the public as a potential presidential candidate. — Map (db m62395) HM
20Pennsylvania (Chester County), West Chester — Marquis De LaFayettestood at this spot during an 1826 visit to West Chester
From this spot July 26, 1826 Marquis De Lafayette Viewed the troops escorting him from a visit to the Brandywine Battle-Field — Map (db m76870) HM
21Pennsylvania (Chester County), West Chester — Marshall Square Park
West Chester’s first public square, dedicated in 1848. Recognized in the late 19th century for having one of the best collections of trees and shrubs with 160 distinct species. Named in honor of Humphry Marshall (1722 – 1801), a world-renowned . . . — Map (db m89945) HM
22Pennsylvania (Chester County), West Chester — Old GloryChester County, PA
[Left Plaque] Erected by The County of Chester In grateful commemoration of the heroism, sacrifices, and patriotism of her soldiers, sailors, and marines displayed during the late war of the rebellion for the preservation of the Union and . . . — Map (db m48892) HM
23Pennsylvania (Chester County), West Chester — Old Main Arch Memorial
Old Main Building, constructed in 1871, served as the principal dormitory and classroom facility for the West Chester Teacher's Normal School. In 1971, faced with prohibitive costs of a facility upgrade, Old Main was torn down by the PA Dept of . . . — Map (db m8136) HM
24Pennsylvania (Chester County), West Chester — Samuel Barber(1910 - 1981)
Boyhood home of this composer of orchestral and vocal works, including the "Adagio for Strings" and Knoxville; Summer of 1915." Won Pulitzer Prizes in music, 1958 & 1963. Graduate, Curtis Institute. He wrote West Chester High's Alma Mater song. — Map (db m8157) HM
25Pennsylvania (Chester County), West Chester — 15 — Simon Barnard Row
Simon Barnard Row 104-116 East Washington Street 227 North Walnut Street These Row Houses were constructed about 1856 by Simon Barnard, local businessman, builder, realtor and Political Activist who was an advocate of the Anti-Slavery . . . — Map (db m90315) HM
26Pennsylvania (Chester County), West Chester — Site of First School House in West Chester
(Turk's Head), built of logs, 1760. Used as a hospital for American wounded after the Battle of Brandywine, Sept, 1777. Some soldiers died and were buried here in the schoolyard. — Map (db m8154) HM
27Pennsylvania (Chester County), West Chester — Site of the First Schoolhousein West Chester, Pennsylvania - c.1760 — A town at that time known as Turk's Head —
Site of First Schoolhouse in West Chester (Turk's Head), built of logs, 1760. Used as a hospital for American wounded after the Battle of Brandywine, Sept, 1777. Some soldiers died and were buried here in the schoolyard. — Map (db m92184) HM
28Pennsylvania (Chester County), West Chester — Star of the West, Tent No. Six
An African American women's community service organization chartered 1865. A part of the United Order of Tents, J.R. Giddings and Jollifee Union, founded in 1847 and named for abolitionist Congressman Giddings and his law partner. — Map (db m8241) HM
29Pennsylvania (Chester County), West Chester — The Dime Savings Bankof Chester County, Pennsylvania — 1890 – 1965 —
Chartered by The State of Pennsylvania on April 22, 1890 this is the only Mutual savings bank in the County and is one of seven in the state. It is owned and operated for the benefit of the depositors. Previous locations of the bank were nearby on . . . — Map (db m49388) HM
30Pennsylvania (Chester County), West Chester — The First National Bank of West ChesterPennsylvania
The First National Bank of West Chester Chartered 1863 Has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places — Map (db m49436) HM
31Pennsylvania (Chester County), West Chester — Thomas S. Butler House — National Register of Historic Places - 1980 —
Thomas S. Butler House This Property Has Been Placed on the National Register of Historic Places — Map (db m54992) HM
32Pennsylvania (Chester County), West Chester — Turk’s Head Tavern1769 – 1964
This Bank occupies the site on which John Hoopes erected the Turk’s Head Tavern in 1769. Much of West Chester’s early history is associated with The Turk’s Head. For nearly 200 years, as tavern and hotel, it was an important center for military, . . . — Map (db m49389) HM
33Pennsylvania (Chester County), West Chester — West Chester- 1788 -
West Chester Originally “Turk’s – Head” Renamed for Chester Founded 1788 — Map (db m49616) HM
34Pennsylvania (Chester County), West Chester — West Chester AcademyCirca 1812 — Precursor to West Chester University —
Erected in 1812 for many years a flourishing classical and mathematical school stood on a site in the rear of this house the first president of the Board of Trustees was John Forsythe the first secretary was Dr. William Darlington. In 1869 this . . . — Map (db m95982) HM
35Pennsylvania (Chester County), West Chester — William Darlington
Physician, congressman, began a service of 33 years as president of Bank of Chester County, in this building, 1830. Especially noted for his many contributions to the science and study of botany in the early 1800's. He died in 1863. — Map (db m8148) HM
36Pennsylvania (Chester County), West Chester — William Darlington M.D.
Eminent Botanist Member of Congress Born in Birmingham Chester County 1792 Died West Chester 1863 Began a service of thirty three years as President of The Bank of Chester County in this building – 1830 — Map (db m62205) HM
37Pennsylvania (Chester County), West Chester — Woman's Rights Convention of 1852
The first Woman's Rights Convention in Pennsylvania was held here, June 2-3, 1852, four years after the famous Seneca Falls, New York, Convention. It adopted resolutions promoting the legal, educational and vocational rights of women. — Map (db m8149) HM
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