Kennett Square, a borough in Chester County, is located in southeastern Pennsylvania, not far from the Delaware border and about 35 miles east of Philadelphia. History has it William Penn and the Quakers arrrived here in 1682, and shortly after Penn gave his daughter a tract of land which is now known as Kennett Square. Its history continues with British soldiers camping on their way to Philadelphia before defeating George Washington at the Battle of Brandywine, and there was military encampment here during the war of 1812. The town is also known as an important part of the Underground Railroad as many of its prominent citizens helped slaves escape. In August, 1989, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Kennett Square has been known as the birthplace of the mushroom industry when the Quakers grew them successfully in greenhouses over 150 years ago. The town still produces more than half of the nation's mushrooms, and is considered to be the Mushroom Capital of the World, which is celebrated each summer during a popular two-day festival.
Today, the small historic town, with a population of just over 6,000, offers shops, galleries, dining and musuems. It is also home to Longwood Gardens, one of the country's premier horticultural display gardens which is comprised of over 1,000 acres of gardens, woodlands and meadows. Picture of State Street in Kennett Square courtesy of Wikipedia and Coemgenus; picture of Longwood Gardens courtesy of Wikipedia; picture of Old Kennett Meetinghouse, a historic Quaker Meetinghouse and on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, courtesy of Wikipedia and Smallbones.