|William Penn Landing|
and the third most compact. The county was created on September 26, 1789, from part of Chester County, founded in 1682, and named for the Delaware River that defines its southeastern border.
Though small in size, Delaware County is large in history. The William Penn Landing Site Monument at Penn and Front Streets in Chester marks the spot of the first landing of Penn on the territory of Pennsylvania in 1682.
|Old Chester Courthouse, Chester|
Not far from the monument, on the Avenue of the States, sits the Courthouse. It served Chester County until 1790, when Chester and Delaware County split and the Courthouse became the Courthouse of Delaware County.
History is contained within every border of Delaware County. To the east, Swedish immigrants settled in Drexel Hill in 1640, and a Swedish-style cabin, one of the oldest buildings in Pennsylvania has been preserved and is on view as testimony to their settlement.
|Lower Swedish Cabin, Drexel Hill|
…be sure to visit our tours of some of the places that formed our early history. This site contains some of the most popular and accessible attractions along with links for other information, directions and hours open.