Events Calendar

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Planning for Special Events

Make a request to host an upcoming event

To plan an event, please visit City Hall and request the special event forms. All forms and payments must be completed for events to be considered. Please note that each event is subject to approval, and costs may vary. For examples of different events to host, contact the City for details, or, visit our YouTube Channel to check out the latest!

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Community Resources

Explore our diverse and vibrant communities in Coatesville, where you’ll discover essential resources and valuable information to enhance your living experience!

Veteran Resources

Discover the vibrant Coatesville business directory, showcasing a diverse array of local businesses offering unique products and exceptional services. The business directory is perfect tool for getting the best experience from our thriving business landscape.

VA provides health care for Veterans from providers in your local community outside of VA. Veterans may be eligible to receive care from a community provider when VA cannot provide the care needed. This care is provided on behalf of and paid for by VA. Choice allows you to receive care within your own community. Using this program does NOT impact your existing VA benefits or health care.

Learn More About This Program

Visit the website for the Federal Veterans Administration, which offers one place to access all VA benefits and health care services.

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Search for VA Forms. Get access to forms for your VA records, benefit letters, documents, and more online.
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If you are interested in starting a Veteran-Owned Small Business, you may qualify for advantages when bidding on government contracts—along with access to other resources and support—through the Vets First Verification Program. This program is run by the Office of Small & Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU).

Find Out More About the Vets First Program

Senior Resources

The city values the unique needs of seniors and older adults in our community. Find information on healthcare services, social activities, financial assistance, and housing options, all designed to enhance your quality of life. We are here to support you and provide the resources you need to thrive as a senior in our community.

The Aging Waiver programs targets individuals age 60 or older eligible for nursing home placement to be provided alternative community based in-home services in a home environment setting. Consumers must meet medical and financial eligibility requirements, and choose to receive services in their own home.

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Visit the website for the Federal Veterans Administration, which offers one place to access all VA benefits and health care services.

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COMPASS is an online tool for Pennsylvanians to apply for many health and human service programs and manage benefit information. Eligible applicants for these programs can receive benefits such as free meals, emergency rental assistance, and more.

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The Nursing Home Transition (NHT) is designed to provide information and assistance to people currently residing in a nursing home so they may make an informed choice about returning to the community.

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Places to Visit

Explore Parks in Coatesville

Explore Coatesville’s stunning parks, offering nature’s beauty and endless recreational possibilities. From relaxing trails to dynamic event venues, our parks cater to all needs. Enjoy walking, playgrounds, sports fields, and scenic picnic areas amidst Coatesville’s picturesque landscapes. Embrace the outdoors, make cherished memories, and discover the allure of our exceptional parks.

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Parks and Rec

Abdala Park

Abdala Park, located between Olive Street and Lincoln Highway in the East End, offers a range of recreational facilities. Enjoy lighted softball and football fields equipped newly installed benches and children’s play equipment.

Ash Park

Ash Park, located between Walnut and Kersey Streets, one of the main parks in our community has several basketball courts, and areas for baseball, roller hockey, and more with a steel pavilion and grills for outdoor gatherings.

Friendship Park

Friendship Park, located along Lumber Street between 1st and 2nd Avenues, offers a delightful space for relaxation and fun. Enjoy strolling along the 6-8′ wide walkways and admire the beauty of the park’s pergola and well-maintained landscaping.

Gateway Park

Gateway Park, a versatile and dynamic outdoor space, is designed to accommodate a variety of activities and events. With access to electricity and ample room for lawn seating, this park provides the perfect setting for a portable stage setup, community gathering, or any other approved event.

Palmer Park

Palmer Park, located in Coatesville’s Northeast End, is a 1.1 acre green space featuring a community swimming pool, children’s play area, pavilion, bulletin board, and BBQ grills. It’s the perfect spot for outdoor fun and gatherings.

Jeanne Treadwell-James Park

Located in the Northeast End of Coatesville, Jeanne Treadwell-James Park is a charming 1/2 acre green space. This park offers various amenities, such as a basketball court, children’s play area, picnic tables and benches, a gazebo, and beautifully maintained landscaping.

Earl Q Patton Park

Discover Earl Q Patton Park in Coatesville’s West End, a 3.2-acre recreational haven featuring a softball field, play equipment, and more. With amenities like an exterior bulletin board, equipment storage, and new bleachers, it’s an ideal spot for outdoor fun.

Valley View Park

This 5-acre inter-municipal park above Oak Street connects Coatesville and South Coatesville, offering amenities like basketball courts, play areas, a gazebo, pathways, and beautiful landscaping.

Our City’s Demographics

Coatesville’s revitalization vision is to create a healthy and sustainable community for all residents while attracting inspiring entrepreneurs and developers. Further demographic information can be found on the following links: DataUSA or the U.S. Census Bureau.

With 13,316 people, Coatesville’s revitalization vision is to create a healthy and sustainable community for all residents.

The largest Coatesville racial/ethnic groups are Black (40.4%) followed by White (27.6%) and Hispanic (25.5%).

In 2022, the median household income of Coatesville households was $55,989.

The median age for Coatesville residents is 31.0 years young. Coatesville is thriving with inspiring entrepreneurs and developers.

2021 – 37.9% Homeowners

2021- 53.5% Homeowners with Mortgage

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Coatesville through the times

History of the City of Coatesville


The first and only city in Chester County, Coatesville is home to 13,300 neighbors and is undergoing economic and cultural revitalization that integrates innovation, education, and smart economic development. The City is fueled by a lively entrepreneurial spirit, rooted in its rich historic past. Founded in 1915, Coatesville’s Historic District features many resources listed on the National Register of Historic Places, coupled with new restaurants and small businesses in the downtown area. The City is home to the National Iron & Steel Heritage Museum and the nationally recognized Coatesville Invitational Vintage Grand Prix.


The Brandywine Museum is one of Coatesville’s oldest and most historic buildings. This remarkable landmark holds great historical significance, commemorated by a blue and gold marker placed by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission in 1985, celebrating Lukens’ 175th Anniversary.

The origins of this grand structure trace back to the mid-1700s when it was built by the Fleming Family, early owners of the land in what is now Coatesville. In 1787, the property was purchased by Moses Coates, the city’s namesake, who expanded the house to the west. Coates, a farmer, inventor, and the area’s first postmaster, is believed to have entertained President George Washington in this very house during his visit to Philadelphia in October 1794.

In 1810, Coates sold the property to his son-in-law, Jesse Kersey, and Isaac Pennock, Kersey’s partner. Under Pennock’s guidance, a sawmill on the property was transformed into an ironworks called the Brandywine Iron Works & Nail Factory. This marked the beginning of the renowned Lukens Steel Company.

In 1816, Dr. Charles Lukens, who married Pennock’s daughter, Rebecca Webb Pennock, assumed management of the young mill and moved into the house. Dr. Lukens played a pivotal role in the company’s manufacturing of boiler plates around 1818. However, his life was cut short in 1825, leaving Rebecca to take over the mill’s management, despite challenges from family and numerous obstacles. She proved to be an extraordinary businesswoman, and under her capable leadership, the mill thrived, making her Coatesville’s most celebrated historic figure. Rebecca lived in the Brandywine Mansion until her passing in 1854 at the age of 60.

In the early 1920s, a larger commercial section was added to accommodate the Lukens Employees Store, which operated until 1992. Today, the property is owned by the Bethlehem Steel Corporation, preserving the legacy of this significant historical site. Explore the rich history and stories that have shaped Coatesville at the Brandywine Museum, where the past comes alive with each step you take.


The Clock Tower Building has a rich history that dates back to 1889 when a group of individuals came together to establish the National Bank of Coatesville. Located at 204 East Lincoln Highway, the bank opened its doors on March 13, 1889, and quickly grew in size and significance. In 1907, due to its remarkable growth, a larger and more impressive building was constructed, completed in 1909.

This magnificent four-story, three-bay structure, featuring brick and limestone, showcases an eclectic architectural style. One of its most captivating features is the iconic clock tower, which has stood tall for decades, faithfully telling time to thousands of passersby. In 1920, the responsibility for caring for the clock was entrusted to Charles Trunk, a local jeweler, and later passed on to his son, Calvin. The Trunks diligently wound the clock daily with a crank until it was modernized to run on electricity in 1946.

The Clock Tower Building boasts several intriguing architectural details, including the captivating Greek Key, the charming Garlands of Fruit, and the majestic Lions Heads. The architects behind this magnificent structure were Watson and Huckel, and its significance is recognized by its inclusion on the National Register of Historical Places. Discover the captivating story of the Clock Tower Building as you explore its timeless beauty and unique features, preserving the legacy of Coatesville’s past for generations to come.


The Coatesville Train Station holds a cherished place in the city’s history, tracing its origins back to 1865. Nestled at 3rd Avenue and Fleetwood Street, this 137-year-old building initially stood tall as a three-story structure with two wings. The first and third stories served as residences, entirely separate from the second story, which was dedicated to railroad operations.

Over the years, the Coatesville Train Station has played a crucial role in connecting communities and facilitating travel. As early as 1886, the Pennsylvania Railroad Company, with a keen eye on passenger comfort, provided a lamp that burned all night at the station, earning the gratitude of the traveling community. In 1938, the station witnessed the inaugural run of the first electric train on the new electrified system of the Pennsylvania Railroad, marking a significant leap forward in railway technology.

Today, the City of Coatesville is committed to preserving and revitalizing this historic landmark. Pursuing grants and other funding options, the city seeks to undertake a complete refurbishment of the station, breathing new life into its storied walls. Additionally, the city aims to secure leases with commercial, retail, and professional businesses, inviting them to become part of the station’s renewed legacy.

As we embark on this journey of restoration and renewal, we invite you to delve deeper into the history of the Coatesville Train Station and discover the significant role it has played in shaping the city’s past and present. Stay tuned for updates on our progress and learn how you can contribute to the preservation of this cherished symbol of Coatesville’s rich heritage.

Graystone Mansion in Coatesville, Pennsylvania. The manor house was built in 1889 by Abram Francis Huston, son of Dr. Charles and Isabella Huston and the grandson of Rebecca Lukens. A. F. Huston succeeded his father as president of Lukens Iron and Steel Company in 1897. Philadelphia architects Cope & Stewardson designed Graystone and its matching carriage house, employing the Collegiate Gothic Style of architecture for which the firm is famous.

Graystone Mansion, a magnificent architectural treasure, was originally built in 1889 by Abram Francis Huston, a prominent figure in Coatesville’s history. He was the son of Dr. Charles and Isabella Huston and the grandson of Rebecca Lukens, whose legacy played a significant role in the city’s development. A.F. Huston succeeded his father as president of the esteemed Lukens Iron and Steel Company in 1897, solidifying his family’s impact on the region.

Designed by renowned Philadelphia architects Cope & Stewardson, Graystone Mansion stands as Coatesville’s most architecturally significant residence. The mansion showcases the Collegiate Gothic Style of architecture, a signature of the esteemed firm. Its stately exterior, adorned with stone and slate, is matched by an equally elegant interior featuring exquisite wood beams, intricate carved panels, and decorative mantels. Nestled amid a spacious lawn adorned with splendid specimen trees, the mansion’s setting befits its grandeur.

After Abram Huston’s passing in 1930, his widow sold the property to the City of Coatesville in 1938. Subsequently, from 1939 until 1992, Graystone served as the City Hall office building, bustling with civic activities. In 1992, the city moved to a new facility, and Graystone found itself under the ownership of the Graystone Society. This dedicated organization is devoted to the mansion’s restoration and transformation into a captivating historic house museum and a vibrant civic center. As we endeavor to preserve this architectural gem, Graystone Mansion stands as a testament to Coatesville’s rich history and an inspiring symbol of community heritage.

The Historic District of the City of Coatesville is a special area, home to National Historic Landmark properties along South First Avenue, Route 82, and Lincoln Highway. You’ll find a variety of fascinating residential and office buildings with rich historical significance. Detailed maps of these places are available at the National Register of Historic Places. Take a step back in time and explore the unique heritage of Coatesville with these beautifully preserved landmarks right within the city’s limits. Discover the stories that shaped our past as you wander through the Historic District’s charming streets.

Coatesville, Pennsylvania’s, landmark Highbridge, which replaced two earlier crude railroad bridges. The stone masonry arch railroad viaduct crosses the valley of the West Branch Brandywine Creek. Built by the Pennsylvania Railroad between 1902 and 1904, it has ten arches and spans a total length of 934 feet, with wing walls extending it to 1,287 feet. [NOTE TO RESEARCHERS: Highbridge — one word — is correct usage.]


The Historical Highbridge is a testament to the visionary spirit of Rebecca Lukens, who foresaw a day when a bridge would carry a rail line over the valley. Her remarkable vision became a reality during her lifetime.

The journey across the gorge began in 1834 with the construction of the first High Bridge for the Philadelphia-Columbia Railroad. Initially made of stone and timber, it served well until 1867 when a cast iron bridge replaced it. Subsequently, the bridge underwent partial reconstruction with wrought iron in 1883, and eventually, in 1891, a complete replacement was necessary to handle the growing traffic and heavier loads.

In November 1902, preparations commenced for the construction of a new Highbridge, and by January 1904, it proudly stood as a towering structure. Stretching 934 feet in length with an overall span of 1,287 feet, the bridge spans 72 feet above the West Branch of the Brandywine River, boasting an impressive width of 52 feet. While some critics deemed its engineering design retrogressive and extravagant, the Pennsylvania Railroad’s management believed in building for eternity – a belief that time has proven to be true. For nearly a century, the Historical Highbridge has faithfully served its purpose, standing as a magnificent combination of utility, grace, and grandeur.

The bridge’s enduring beauty and significance earned it official landmark designation in both the Pennsylvania and National Historic Registers. Today, it remains a superb symbol of Coatesville’s rich history, a magnificent testament to the visionaries who shaped the city’s progress. As you walk along this historic marvel, you’ll find yourself transported to a bygone era, surrounded by the echoes of the past and the enduring legacy of the Historical Highbridge.


Terracina, an enchanting historic residence, was meticulously built by Rebecca Lukens in 1850-51 for her beloved daughter Isabella and son-in-law, Dr. Charles Huston. Dr. Huston, who later became a partner in the Lukens Iron business, made Terracina their cherished home upon their marriage in 1848, and they resided there until their passing in the late 19th Century.

This distinguished house showcases the captivating country gothic style of architecture. Adorned with a high peaked roof, tall finials on the four peaks, lancet windows on the third floor, and the delicate leaf-like pattern of overhanging “gingerbread” eaves, Terracina exudes timeless elegance. Its large porch, known as the “piazza” to Victorians, is replicated on the north side, featuring lattice work in wood, adding to its unique charm. Over its impressive 148-year history, Terracina has undergone only minor changes and remains remarkably well-preserved.

Today, the Graystone Society, proud owners of this remarkable property, is devoted to restoring the house to its 19th Century splendor. Extensive restoration work, including replacing the old, crumbling stucco with new stucco that perfectly matches the original color and texture, has been undertaken in recent years. As a testament to its historical significance, Terracina welcomes visitors for public tours, thoughtfully conducted by the Graystone Guild, on the first Saturday of each month. Embark on a journey back in time as you explore the lovingly restored interiors of Terracina, where the legacy of the Lukens family and the grandeur of the 19th Century come alive.

Gallery of Historic Photos for Coatesville

Here you can view our captivating gallery of historic photos through the history of Coatesville. Each photograph captures a moment from our storied past, frozen in history, revealing the vibrant stories of the people, places, and events that shaped Coatesville into what it is today. For visitors, we hope this gallery helps you discover the charm the rich heritage our city, as we celebrate the rich heritage and enduring spirit of our beloved community. For residents, we hope these photos bring you nostalgia, as we encourage you to join us in preserving the essence of Coatesville’s history. And for everyone, we hope these photos leave you feeling inspired by the legacy left by those who came before us.