Kennett Square: Mushrooms, Hills and History

Kennett Square PA

This is a charming little town I remembered as a young kid.  We used to come through here on our way to the Jersey Shore (Sea Isle City) from near Harrisburg, PA.  The one thing I did remember was stopping for mushrooms here.  Phillips Mushroom Farms is still there and you can still stop and buy mushrooms there.  And remember the smell of them from when I was a kid.

It was easy to park along the side of the road in Kennett Square, PA with our motor home.
It was easy to park along the side of the road in Kennett Square, PA with our motor home.

This time, I didn’t smell them. but it was nice to know you could still buy mushrooms at the same place we used to pull into when I was a kid.  I was tempted to stop and get my mother some to see if they were sold in the same cartons that I remembered.  My treat was getting the box once the mushrooms were gone so I could put toy soldiers and things in it.

I thought this tree on the side of a house was so interesting at Kennett Square, PA.
I thought this tree on the side of a house was so interesting at Kennett Square, PA.

Today, Kennett Square is a charming historic town that has plenty to see and do.  I can’t imagine driving through it without stopping.  There’s plenty of parking in the town if you don’t mind walking a few blocks.  We had no trouble parking our thirty foot motor home and taking the bicycles off and riding around.  And you can buy mushrooms in the town!

More shops and sidewalk cafes occupy the streets of Kennett Square, PA.
More shops and sidewalk cafes occupy the streets of Kennett Square, PA.

It is very hilly with the main “square” of the town at the peak of all the hills.  So you want to be select about where you go with your bicycle because if you go down, you eventually got to go up.  But it isn’t all that bad and you can stay on mostly level ground and still see much of the town.

Kennett Square's streets have some charming scenes with sidewalk cafes and boutiques.
Kennett Square’s streets have some charming scenes with sidewalk cafes and boutiques.

In the town there are lots of shops and plenty of great places to grab a bite to eat or something to drink – anything from beer and wine to coffee.  There is at the one end of the town a small supermarket at Liberty Square.  It is actually a number of vendors that together make for a nice market.  There’s ample parking and this is a good place to start a walking tour of the downtown if you were interested in doing that.

This wine shop with tastings is just one of the charming places that are visually appealing as well as tasty in downtown Kennett Square, PA.
This wine shop with tastings is just one of the charming places that are visually appealing as well as tasty in downtown Kennett Square, PA.

We stopped in and grabbed some soda and went on our way but there is a lot to tempt you here.  It isn’t a big store but there is ice cream and some gourmet foods.  We toured around the downtown – again, mostly the two main streets – Union and State Streets.  There’s all sorts of activities downtown too in addition to it just being charming there are events such as art walks and festivals.  It would be nice to time a visit with one of these.

There are plenty of interesting historic homes surrounding the main commercial streets in Kennett Square, PA.
There are plenty of interesting historic homes surrounding the main commercial streets in Kennett Square, PA.

Nearby is Longwood Gardens and if you have time, this would be a great place to stop in addition to the town visit.  We didn’t have time this trip but it is perfect for a several hour stop if you have the time.  For us, its just another reason to visit this quaint town and explore some more!

 

RV Road Trip Note:

This is part of the series of blog posts on a fourteen day road trip from St. Petersburg, Florida to the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania with stops along the way north and south with no real planned itinerary.  We did this trip in our 30 foot class A motorhome in late July/early August with two bicycles strapped to the back.  We traveled to Kennett Square from Assateague Island near Ocean City, Maryland.  We first stopped at New Castle, Delaware before Kennett Square.  We eventually continued on to West Chester, PA where we stayed at the KOA.  All in it made for a fun day of travel between bases.

 

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