Today Kennett Square is a historic borough with charming and varied architecture and a bustling, revitalized retail district. Just a mile south of Longwood Gardens it is located along the historic Baltimore Pike which carried traffic from Philadelphia and points north to Baltimore, Virginia, and beyond. The village grew up in the mid-nineteenth century around a tavern known as the Unicorn, and gained some fame when journalist and ambassador Bayard Taylor, famous for his translation of Goethe and his many travel books, wrote
The Story of Kennett
, a semi-fictional account of colonial days in southern Chester County, Pennsylvania. Based loosely upon actual historic characters and real buildings and events, the novel almost became the great American novel instead of Hawthorne's
. It is still a great work to be enjoyed. Kennett Square is one mile square (hence its name) but the neighborhood includes the Chadds Ford region (Andrew Wyeth country and the Brandywine River Museum), New Garden Township (one of the most important mushroom growing regions in the world), and fox hunting country. While in southern Chester County, don't miss the world class Longwood Gardens, a horticultural exhibit without comparison, the covered bridges, or five star dining (Half Moon Saloon & Restaurant, Kennett Square Inn, Newton's on State Street, State Street Grille, Sovano Bistro, Farmhouse Restaurant crab cakes.) Today the Main Street district has several fine used and rare book shops, art galleries, several specialty stores and a variety of restaurants. For more information on Historic Kennett Square visit www.historickennettsquare.com.