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The Story of Mary Otley

Otley Ghost


Did you know a Goshen Township woman bewitched innocent children during the 1770s? Well, that’s according to J. Smith Futhey and Gilbert Cope’s 1881 History of Chester County. Read our Halloween-themed post on how the records at the Chester County Archives debunk this local legend.  Click the image to the left. 

Published October 30, 2018



Chester County's First Unofficial Archivist

Joseph Parker petition 1737


Why does Chester County have such well-preserved records dating back to the 17th century? Joseph Parker, the Chester County Clerk of Courts in 1737, deserves some credit. Read about his early advocacy efforts in our inaugural blog post. Click the image to the left. 

Published October 2, 2018