County unveils interactive map to show 1777 property ownership, battle damage

WEST CHESTER — Just in time for the anniversary of the Battle of the Brandywine this past week, Chester County Archives and Records Services has released a new interactive tool that helps you discover who lived on your property in September 1777. The 1777 Chester County Property Atlas is an interactive map that allows researchers to easily see who owned properties in 1777, and if those owners or...

Black patriot focus of history presentation

Program on Edward ‘Ned’ Hector to be held at Exton library Noah Lewis will present a program at the Chester County Library to celebrate Black History Month. He was a black patriot who fought in the Battle of the Brandywine, and he was held in such high regard by his Conshohocken community that a street bears his name. In honor of Black History Month, the Chester County Library will present “The...

Words, deeds, and misdeeds make county history

Archives celebrating 30-year partnership that has assisted thousands of researchers By Kathleen Brady Shea, Managing Editor, The Times Laurie A. Rofini, director of the Chester County Archives and Records Services, checks a document in the climate-controlled storage area. Confronting the likelihood he would not survive the Civil War, a Chester County native stationed near Hampton, Va., penned a  detailed...