Last night, Chester County PA brought the crowds out for the first Town Tour in 3 years. Traditionally opening the series in West Chester with remarks by local officials, this year's special guest was citizen-scientist and Ben Franklin friend, Humphry Marshall who is celebrating his 300th birthday this year. Poor guy had to stand to receive citations while all the officials sat on the platform.
We had a choice of 7 possible tours and presenters who set us on our way on a beautiful evening in West Chester. I chose to tour the northeast quadrant of town, which is loaded with Victorian, Arts and Crafts, Colonial Revival with beautiful grounds around all the houses. I remember seeing the French chateau above several years ago while it was being restored by the last owner--the new people seem to be continuing the investment.
A new one for me was the Friends Meeting House (Quaker) dating from 1810. What an impressive interior with high ceilings and decorative chandeliers! We were told it initially was to have interior balconies (explaining the high ceilings) but they never got around to it. Below you see the tour group outside the Hickman retirement community, a "Storybook" style house and below it the back yard with a chicken coop, and the Doric-columned porch of the Friends Meeting House.
Next Thursday night the tour is in Kennett Square, another one of my favorite Chester County places.