Leather Bound Books
  • 4,500+ books on local genealogy & county history

  • 200 original and/or copies of handwritten documents from colonial period

  • William Penn original documents, land grants & wills

  • Family Bible Collection

  • 350,000 historic documents

  • Yearbooks dating back to 1880

  • Newspaper & Census Collection

  • Maps & Atlases


Current Exhibit "Another Glimpse of Delaware County History"

  • 75,000+ Photographs

  • Painting Collection

  • Celebrated Portraits

  • Furniture Collection & Staged Rooms

  • War Artifacts

  • Clothing Collection

  • Farm Equipment Collection

  • Touch & Learn Artifact Table

  • Children experience hands-on educational learning

  • Learn the historic significance of Delaware County through play

  • Discover an 18th century one-room schoolhouse and...

  • Explore a child's bedroom and an adult parlor from colonial times


Book a School or Group Tour!


Delaware County Historical Society plans to re-open Research Library on July 15, 2020.

We thank you in advance for your patience and adherence to the following re-opening guidelines:



  • All research visitors must book an appointment one week in advance of their visit and provide details and focus of their research using the research form

  • Available resources will be pulled ahead of time and placed in the designated guest research area (the records room)

  • Visitors can schedule by phone 610-359-0832 or by email to info@padelcohistory.org to make a reservation and must complete the research form prior to visit.

  • Research appointments are available Wednesday (10:30AM-3:30PM), Thursday (10:30AM-5:30PM) and Friday (10:30AM-3:30PM). DCHS is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays to the public. 

  • Only 2 visitors will be booked at a single time. Research time is limited to three hours per session

Visitor Guidelines:

  • All visitors must wear a mask and gloves (both are available on-site for those who do not have their own)

  • Guests are welcome to bring their own laptop and use the free Wifi available in the building

  • Visitors must ask a staff member for assistance if photocopies are needed

Remote Research Requests

  • Until further notice online remote requests are unavailable to process due to lack of research staff.

The mission of Delaware County Historical Society (DCHS) is to collect, protect and preserve the history and culture of Delaware County, PA making it accessible to all by providing strong educational outreach.  


Since 1895, DCHS has been gathering and sharing the stories of the county and its people. 


Where history comes to life. 



(610) 359-0832


(610) 872-0502


(610) 872-0503




408 Avenue of the States

Chester, PA 19013

(free parking lot located on

W. 4th St. & City Hall Pl.)

Monday, Wednesday & Friday: 10AM - 4PM

Thursday: 10AM - 6:30PM

2nd Saturday of Each Month 9AM - 2PM

(Closed Tuesdays)



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