"There must be an Underground Railroad around here somewhere"
-Chester County "Slave Hunters" entering the Vickers farmhouse on a hunt, 1800s
In 1823, John Vickers-a skilled potter, fierce abolitionist and one of the most influential voices in the Lionville area-purchased the farmhouse that is now known as Vickers, an award winning restaurant that has delighted Chester County residents with fine food and dining for over three decades.
John Vickers was born in Caln Township on August 8, 1770. His father, Thomas Vickers, was a prominent abolitionist and one of the earliest and most active agents on the Underground Railroad. Like his father, John was a friend to freedom and did whatever he could to abolish slavery and promote equality. Thus, The Vickers farmhouse was the great central station in this part of Chester County.
In 1803, John married Abigail Paxon and established a partnership with his father, carrying on the fine Vickers reputation as accomplished potters. In 1822, John Vickers sold his West Whiteland farm and moved his family to this site. It was here that "Vickers Pottery" would become a landmark for the next 50 years, and span over four generations of the Vickers family.
In 1972, Vickers was refurbished and transformed into a fine dining establishment, keeping the Vickers name on the forefront of the county. Under the skillful eye of owner Arturo Burigatto, Vickers has redefined fine dining and delighted customers with outstanding European service, the finest wines and the crown in continental cuisines for over a quarter of a century.
In 1999 Arturo sold the beloved Vickers leaving behind a legacy and a favorite restaurant to Chester County locals. Not being able to stay away for too long, Mr. Burigatto repurchased the historic Vickers in September 2008. Now, 40 years since its conception, we are bringing back the charm and tradition of fine dining, tableside cooking, premiere elegance and the finest French Continental cuisine to Chester County.
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