The West Goshen Township Historical Commission was established as a commission in January 2017 and aims to share the township’s rich history with residents. The commission is chaired by Kevin Pistiner and the ten members meet monthly.
The commission makes local history accessible in a variety of ways. Each year, they deliver a lecture series featuring experts looking at significant historical events through a local lens. “We like to explore what took place right in our backyard,” says Pistiner. “And we think its pretty cool to give residents this opportunity to hear a quality lecture so close to home.”
In April, author and historian Michael C. Harris delivered a lecture on Chester County during the Revolutionary War. Last fall, the Historical Commission invited Bruce Mowday, Civil War author and expert, to share artifacts and information.
Another way the Historical Commission invites township residents to learn more about their local history is through their Memorial Day Oaklands Cemetery Tour. “We’re pleased by the interest in this and are thrilled that it is turning into an annual township tradition,” Pistiner says.
You can find out about upcoming events by liking the Commission’s Facebook page where they also share historical photos and primary source documents connected to local landmarks.
Take a Summer History Adventure
The West Goshen Historical Commission recommends the follow sites for those who want to soak up some culture this summer. They are all close to the township and each location offers special weekend events throughout the summer.
- Brandywine Battlefield The Brandywine Battlefield was the site of the largest land battle during the Revolutionary War. Visitors can take a tour of two historic houses, including George Washington’s headquarters. (Chadds Ford, PA)
- John Chads House at the Chadds Ford Historical Society Take a tour of the 1725 John Chads House and discover how families once lived. Explore the historical society to learn more about the surrounding community. (Chadds Ford, PA)
- Newlin Grist Mill Families can explore a working grist mill that dates back to 1704. Visitors can see up close how grain, such as corn and wheat, is turned into flour using the power of flowing water. (Glen Mills, PA)
- Chester County Historical Society Learn about the evolution of the county from small villages to thriving communities. Two new temporary exhibits currently on display highlight the county’s steel industry and the Prohibition Era. (West Chester, PA)