West Chester, Pennsylvania

West Chester has been the county seat of Chester County, Pennsylvania since 1788. The entire downtown district is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, with over 3,000 structures dating back to the colonial period. Deep in history, architecture and culture, West Chester offers something for everyone and is considered one of the world’s most perfect small towns. Visit the Chester County Historical Society to learn more about the deep history of this town, including its ties to President Lincoln and the house named for him that still stands today.

There is no need for a car as this is a walking town comprised of three major streets. High Street will bring you past beautiful West Chester University with National Registry buildings on campus dating back to 1812 and are constructed of native Chester County serpentine stone. If you enjoy poetry, The University has received growing recognition as the nation’s center for formal poetry and has established a poetry center for sponsored readings and annual book competition. Want to bring the inner architect out in you, continue down High Street to see the Greek Revival style of the many buildings that gave West Chester the nickname “Athens of the West.”

High Street intersects with the only two streets in and out of downtown, Gay and Market Streets. During the summer months in West Chester, Swingin’ Thursdays are a summer street festival with great food, live entertainment and something for the whole family. Both streets boast over 55 award winning restaurants and pubs, many of which have nightly entertainment. Outside dinning is a must in this beautiful bricked sidewalk atmosphere. Looking for that hard to find gift, with over 60 boutiques in downtown your choices will be endless…jewelry, antiques, books, beads, shoes, clothing and everything in between! Ghost tours, gallery walks, open houses, and endless parades make West Chester alive all through the year.

Until recently, court in West Chester, Chester County was held at the historic Chester County Courthouse built in 1846. In 2008, the Chester County Justice Center was officially opened to the public. The Chester County Justice Center is a modern 7 floor building which houses the Chester County Court of Common Pleas along virtually all other county legal departments and many other government services. The Chester County Justice Center is located in the heart of West Chester on 201 West Market Street, West Chester, PA. The following government agencies are located in the Chester County Justice Center in West Chester, PA*:

  • The Chester County Clerk of Courts is on the 1st floor
  • the Prothonotary's office is the 1st floor
  • The Chester County Public Defender's Office is located on the 2nd floor
  • The Adult Probation Department is located on the 2nd floor
  • The Law Library is located on the 2nd floor
  • the Chester County District Attorney's Office is located on the 4th floor
  • Family Court administration is on the 5th floor
  • Court of Common Pleas courtrooms are on the 6th and 7th floor

*this list is not all-inclusive

My office is a criminal law firm that frequently represents clients in West Chester, We will represent citizens accused of any and all crimes that occur in Chester County and must be fought in West Chester, PA. We litigate sex offenses, theft offenses, crimes against property and white collar crime. I am a former Assistant District Attorney in Chester County Pennsylvania. I worked as an Assistant District Attorney in the old Chester County Courthouse and worked in the Justice Center.

My office is located only 10 minutes from West Chester, PA. From West Chester, simply take Route 202 south, make a right at the Route 1 and 202 intersections and look for a yellow sign on your left that says "Weichert Realtors." My office is located in the Weichert building on the second floor, 1212 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford, PA.