West Chester’s Oldest House


The Dower House is the oldest house in West Chester.

The Dower House is the oldest house in West Chester, a quaint downtown less than 20 minutes from Hamanassett Bed & Breakfast.

The Dower House, an early 1700s farmhouse, is the oldest continually inhabited house in West Chester and only three families have owned the property in nearly 100 years.

Sitting on 1.8 acres in northern West Chester the Dower House is within walking distance to downtown West Chester. It has four bedrooms, two and half bathrooms, four fireplaces and a detached stone carriage house.

During the 1920s-30s, the property was owned by renowned author Joseph Hergesheimer, who memorialized his life there in his 1925 book, From An Old House. The story of the house’s preservation by early 20th century architect Brognard Okie is told in the book The Brandywine, an Intimate Portrait by W. Barksdale Maynard.