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The abuse attorneys from West Chester bring you this article about the borough of West Chester. We hope you enjoy learning about the many features of the area.

Overview of West Chester

West Chester is a borough in and the county seat of Chester County, Pennsylvania. Part of the Philadelphia metropolitan area, the area was known as Turk's Head after an inn that was located in the center of the present-day borough. In 1799, West Chester was incorporated.

Throughout the centuries, the economy of West Chester consisted of many industries. During the 1700s, the area was a center for clockmaking. The Hoopes, Bro. and Darlington company was a major wheelwork in the late 1800s. In the early 1900s, the Sharples cream separator company was an important industry for the borough. That same center, one of the pioneers of home computers, Commodore International, also had its headquarters in West Chester.

As of the 2010 census, the West Chester Borough has a population of 18,461 people and a total area of 1.8 square miles. Based on the mailing address, it is the 10 largest city in Pennsylvania.

Historic Sites

Within West Chester are several landmarks and properties that hold historically significant value to the borough. These historic sites include:

  • West Chester Downtown Historic District
  • Parts of the West Chester State College Quadrangle Historic District
  • Bank of Chester County
  • Chester County Courthouse
  • First Presbyterian Church of West Chester
  • West Chester Boarding School for Boys
  • Sharples Separator Works
  • Sharples Homestead
  • Buckwalter Building
  • William Everhart BuildingsFarmers and Mechanics Building
  • Butler House
  • Joseph Rothrock House
  • New Century Clubhouse
  • Warner Theater

These establishments and districts have been added to the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) individually.

West Chester University of Pennsylvania

West Chester University of Pennsylvania, or WCU, is a public university on South High Street in West Chester. It was originally a private, state-aided school from 1812 to 1869. However, the school was transformed into West Chester Normal School in 1871 as the state began to take more responsibility for public education. Other former names of the university are West Chester State Teachers College and West Chester State College.

Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, it is the sixth-largest university in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the largest out of the 14 state universities of the Pennsylvania State System of High Education. West Chester University is organized into the College of Business and Public Management, College of Arts and Humanities, College of Education and Social Work, College of Health Sciences, College of the Sciences and Mathematics, and Unversity College. The university is also home to the Wells School of Music. It offers over 118 undergraduate programs, more than 80 graduate programs and four doctoral programs.

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