Coatesville is known as a midway point in Chester County, PA as it is halfway between Philadelphia and Harrisburg. Coatesville is currently undergoing a revitalization and refurbishing initiative. Abandoned buildings are being transformed into new recreation centers, single family and townhouse communities. There are beautiful parks outside of downtown, and restaurants tucked away in the rolling countryside.
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Comprised of over 900 acres, Hibernia County Park is filled with hiking trails, open meadows, play areas, pavilions and the popular Chambers Lake for fishing and boating. The campgrounds are open on the weekends starting in May and running through October. Walking tours explore the grounds and the history it holds. Hibernia Mansion is part of the tour and guests get a glimpse into how the Ironmasters lived on this beautiful estate long ago.
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Graystone Mansion was built in 1889 and the owner of Lukens Iron and Steel company resided here until 1938 when it was sold to the City of Coatesville. For 53 years, Graystone Mansion functioned as the City Hall office building until a newer facility was built. Current day, Graystone Mansion is being preserved and restored by the Graystone Historic Society and functions as a historic house museum.
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The National Iron and Steel Heritage Museum is organized and maintained by the Graystone Society. Their mission is to preserve the history of the Iron and Steel Industry and its relevance to Coatesville, PA. Educating audiences of all ages, the Iron and Steel Heritage Museum fosters an appreciation for the early beginnings of Coatesville. Inside the museum, guests will learn how the Lukens Iron and Steel Company right in Coatesville PA impacted the area both regionally and on a national level.
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The Whip Tavern is tucked away in the beautiful countryside of Coatesville, PA. A Chester County gem of a tavern, The Whip has been referred to as an English style pub with comfort food of the highest order. Winner of awards such as best of the main line and favorable zagat reviews, The Whip Tavern is a perfect spot in the heart of horse country to take in a fantastic meal.
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Established in 1979, Stargazers Vineyard overlooks the Brandywine Creek in Chester County, PA. The vineyard is located near “stargazers stone” – a reference used in surveying the line between Pennsylvania and Maryland border.
Stargazers Vineyard prides themselves in the sustainability of the land, using only natural fertilizers to combat disease and withstand the weather, and also catching rainwater in cisterns to feed back into the ground and replenish the vines.
Wine tasting is available on the weekends and the vineyard also has the capacity to host small social events of up to 40 guests.
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Part of the Brandywine Conservancy, Laurels Preserve offers 771 acres for hiking, bird watching and in designated areas – hunting. Laurels Preserve was originally part of Kings Ranch Cattle Farm where cows were free to roam the lush pastures. Today, members of the Brandywine Conservancy and Museum of Art are free to roam the Preserve from dawn till dusk.
The Laurels and surrounding land has been named an Important Bird Area by Audubon Pennsylvania in recognition of its many bird species. Approximately 160 species have been observed nesting in or migrating through the Laurels.
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G.O. Carlson Airport is equipped to handle private and corporate small aircraft for the Chester County area. A popular destination even if you’re not taking to the skies is The Flying Machine Cafe – located right in the airport terminal and open to the public. Watch planes take off and land while enjoying a bite to eat – a favorite for all the future aviators in your family.
Overall, Coatesville has beautiful countryside to explore and a downtown that is in the midst of a revitalization. Downtown, museums and renovated architecture preserve the past and plans for newer construction promise a bright future.
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