Welcome to Chadds Ford Historical Society!

The Chadds Ford Historical Society works to share the history of Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. We have three 18th century buildings that are open to the public seasonally - the John Chads House, the Chads Springhouse, and the Barns Brinton House. Throughout the year, we also offer a variety of fun and educational programs, special events, summer camps, and group tours.  We invite you to visit us at our Barn Visitors' Center to begin your historic experience in Chadds Ford!


Please view our Volunteer Opportunities at upcoming events and educational programs.

This Weekend at the Chadds Ford Historical Society

Saturday, May 26


Barns-Brinton House Guided Tours &

Cooking Demos

11 am - 4 pm

$6 adult/$3 child


Chads House Beehive Oven Baking Demos & 

Self Guided Tour of Chads Springhouse

11 am - 4 pm

Free (Donations Welcome)



Escape Brandywine Historic Escape Room Program at the Chads House

11 am, 1 pm & 3 pm


Advance tickets required

Escape Brandywine

Escape Room Program

Saturdays through Labor Day

11am, 1pm and 3pm





Use the discount code SUMMER to receive your discount




Tickets must be purchased in advance online, as space is limited. 


Our popular Escape Brandywine escape room program returns this Spring!  Escape Brandywine is an escape room experience, set inside the John Chads House, c.1725 historic home located along site of the Battle of Brandywine.   This escape room program is unlike any other, since it places you directly inside an authentic historical space with a Revolutionary War mission! 


Escape Brandywine places participants into roles of spies on the eve of the Battle of Brandywine, and charges them with finding General Howe's battle plans that have been hidden inside the Chads House for safe keeping.   Using real Revolutionary War spy techniques, codes and cyphers, players will have 60 minutes to solve puzzles that will allow them to locate the plans and escape the house to deliver the plans to George Washington!  


Private escape room experiences are available for corporate outings, team building, private parties and special events.  Please email info@chaddsfordhistory.org or call 610-388-7376 to check availability.  

Tavern Talks


$20/General Admission

$15 for CFHS Members

Tavern Talks is a monthly experience (not a lecture!) aimed exclusively for adults 21 and older that focuses on fun topics in early American culture. Guests will experience history with hands-on activities, food and drink tastings, demonstrations and more!  Tickets must be purchased in advance over the phone, in person at the Society or online as space is limited. All attendeees must be 21 and older. 


Tickets on sale now: 
June 21, 2018 - Enlightened!
September 13, 2018 - Liberty or Death
October 11, 2018 - Fermented & Tormented
November 8, 2018 - Sugar & Spice

2018 Exhibit: The "Ford Seasons"

Open Wednesday to Friday 10am to 4pm

Barn Visitor Center

View our exhibit that changes with the seasons! The "Ford" Seasons is a new exhibit that features seasonal photographs from the Chadds Ford Historical Society and other private collections. Every few months the photographs will be replaced to reflect new images from that time of year. Join us for a special reception at each season change! 
Next Exhibit Opening, "Summer": June 20


Music in the Meadow


The Music in the Meadow festival, scheduled for this Saturday, May 19, at the Chadds Ford Historical Society has been cancelled due to expected severe weather through the weekend. The Society apologizes for any inconvenience that this may cause.


Even with advance cancellation of this event, the Historical Society incurred substantial costs. You can help the Society weather the storm by making a donation to offset some of the costs already incurred for this event. To support the Chadds Ford Historical Society, and our mission of historic preservation, please use the “Donate” button below.  Thank you for your support.  

David Auto - Overall Event Sponsor

Many thanks to David Auto for being our generous overall event sponsor of Music in the Meadow!  

Taylor's Music Store & Studios

Thank you to Taylor's Music for their generous support of Music in the Meadow!

Tribe Sound Records

Thank you to Tribe Sound Records for their generous support of Music in the Meadow!