Downingtown is actually a borough Chester County area in Pennsylvania. It is 33 miles west of Philadelphia, and as of the 2010 census, the population was around 7700. Downingtown was settled by Europeans and English columnists in the early 18th century and also has a lot of historical structures and buildings. As you can see by the population numbers, it is actually a very small town compared to the bigger towns we are very used to. But, it is a very quaint place, and there are a lot of things you can do here as well. It is not a hillbilly town which means, you can spend a decent time here.
The town was originally named Miltown because of the number of miles along the East branch Creek, the first of which was founded by Daniel Butter. The Butter family was actually the one who had paper mills in the area, and they were from Germany as well. Around the time, the American revolution was around, and Miltown became very commonly known as Downingtown after the prominent businessman Thomas Downing.
The town is actually located along the Lincoln Highway, now it is a part of the US Route 30, and it runs from the East coast to the West coast entirely. It was an early Westwood Road. The Lincoln Highway was also the first paved road across the nation from the Pacific to the Atlantic. The construction of the Pennsylvania Turnpike actually started in the early 1940s and was properly completed in the early 1950s. It runs north of the United States Highway 35, bypassing Downingtown.
From the year 1988 till the year 1990, Downingtown historical Society actually relocated the house, and he did an extensive research station project with a lot of money raised for the project. It now sits at approximately 70 feet west of the original location and 22 feet from Route 30. It is slightly above street level.
The city has actually initiated a widespread and continued renovation in the downtown area, particularly the streetscape. The private owners have also similarly renovated a lot of commercial buildings into it. There has also been residential kind of development on the recovered industrial lands in the southeastern part of the borough.
In the year 1988, a stall in the farmers market was the first place where pretzels were sold, by the founder of Auntie Annes, and it is now a global company with more than 1000 stores and also almost $400 million in annual sales. President Lincoln’s funeral train passed through Downingtown; it was a very well-known day indeed.
As you know, there is a lot to do in this town indeed. You can stay here for a couple of days.