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Yellow Springs is a historic village and ghost town between Phoenixville and Downingtown PA off route 113 near Chester Springs. It has a long historic past dating back 300 years when Native Lenape Indians named it ‘Yellow Springs’.

The name was due to the natural mineral springs flowing through the area into Pickering Creek. Its water is rich in iron causing its yellow appearance. Pickering Creek is a 15.3-mile tributary of Schuylkill River, forming the Pickering Creek Reservoir near Phoenixville.

Yellow Springs became a trendy spa village in the 18th century attracting visitors seeking its healing waters. George Washington authorized the first military hospital in the new country during the American Revolution to be built in the village in 1777. It was built as the chief medical facility for the Valley Forge Encampment, which was 17 miles east. George Washington visited the hospital on several occasions.

After the war’s conclusion the village resumed operating as a spa town. Yellow Springs became home to the Chester Springs Soldiers’ Orphans School for children of Civil War veterans, starting in 1868 until 1912. The village was headquarters for the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Country School from 1916 until 1952. The village was also the home of the film studio Good News Productions. It created over 400 films its best known being the 1958 sci-fi original The Blob. This movie was Steve McQueen’s debut in a leading role. Patty Duke, Robert Lansing, and Lee Meriwether also began their film careers at this studio.

This vintage community has churches of German Reformed and Lutheran church members from the 1770’s. Since 1974 Historic Yellow Springs has made an effort to preserve the remaining historic structures with a mission of educating visitors about its notable past. They concentrate on the history, arts, education, and environment of Historic Yellow Springs. The goal is enriching the lives of everyone visiting Historic Yellow Springs.

Grounds are open free of charge to self-guided tours and picnicking. Self-guiding maps are available in the office lobby. Guided tours are given with advanced reservations.

Admission Hours
Grounds open dawn to dusk every day
Monday – Friday 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Closed major holidays
1685 Art School Road
Chester Springs, PA 19425

Chester Springs is one of the most affluent neighborhoods in the country and also has a long historical background. It is less than a mile south of Yellow Springs Village with a population of 7,520.

Historic Yellow Springs is a 5 hour drive of 342 miles from Rochester NY. Drive east on I-90 Thruway to Syracuse then US 81 south towards Binghamton, past the border into Pennsylvania. Continue south on US 81 to Scranton, exiting to US 476 toward Allentown, and then route 29 south
A visit to Historic Yellow Springs can be a delightful experience, learning about its historical background while drinking in the beauty of its scenic location.



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