1850s Conversation Starter Sits on the Walls of Cafe in West Chester

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three people stand next to each other in Turk's Head Cafe
Image via Bill Rettew, Daily Local News.
Bill Underwood, left, Patti Underwood and Jeremiah Kane.

The owners of the Turk’s Head Café on Church Street were happy to discover that the circa-1850s map of West Chester adorning one of the establishment’s walls has proven to be a great conversation starter, writes Bill Rettew for The Daily Local News

“We enjoy giving our customers something interesting to look at and for them to learn about the history of our hometown,” said Turks Head Café co-owner Jeremiah Kane. 

The map was surveyed and drawn by Martin B. Kennedy. It is around 5-foot-by-5-foot and shows the 19th-century borough in detail. 

The map is owned by Bill and Patti Underwood, whose family owns James Brothers, a plumbing, heating, and air-conditioning company that has been in operation since 1875 and is one of the oldest companies in the borough and still operates under that same name. James Brothers once occupied the building that is now home to the coffee shop. 

“It’s mind-blowing to see the history, to have it on our wall and to share it with local people and customers–it makes us special,” said Turk’s Head Café co-owner Tom Lamont. 

Read more about the map in Turk’s Head Café in The Daily Local News

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in July 2022.

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