Located in Chester County, Pennsylvania, Coatesville has a downtown industrial feel in the borough, as well as gorgeous rolling hills in the countryside. Surrounded by an impressive natural landscape, Coatesville is home to Hibernia State Park which offers camping, fishing, and hiking. Chambers Lake at Hibernia Park is a popular spot for fishing, bird watching and electric powered boating. Hibernia Mansion, a historic site located within the park, offers daily tours to the public.
The Laurels Preserve is a popular attraction in Coatesville. Part of the Brandywine Conservancy, The Laurels preserve offers 771 acres for hiking, bird watching and in clearly marked areas - hunting. The preserve was originally part of Kings Ranch where cattle grazed in lush pastures. 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.
The humble beginnings of this region are preserved by the National Iron and Steel Heritage Museum and the Lukens Historic District, giving residents a glimpse into this region's industrial past.
This diverse area continues to grow and attract builders to handle the demand for affordable housing. Beginning in the early 2000’s, the city of Coatesville has invested in a major revitalization of the town. Abandoned buildings have been replaced with a new recreation center, single family houses and townhouse developments. More retail, office and condominium spaces filled vacant lots. The local Amtrak station was renovated and a new Marriott Courtyard hotel was built along the scenic Route 82 on the outskirts of Coatesville.
Coatesville has one of the largest school systems in Chester County, educating close to 9,000 students. The Coatesville VA Medical Center serves veterans in the Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Southern New Jersey areas. The G.O. Carlson Airport located just west of Coatesville, will accommodate small to medium-sized fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters. Coatesville's centralized location makes it a hop, skip and a jump to Harrisburg, Lancaster, Philadelphia or Wilmington, all within an hour's drive.