Welcome to the Chadds Ford Historical Society!

For 50 years the Chadds Ford Historical Society has been preserving history, providing education and serving the community. Our three 18th century houses are the central point for living history programs and education. Throughout the year we host a variety of programs including a Spring Lecture Series, Tavern Nights, Escape Brandywine and Plein Air artist Paint Out. Our family oriented events have become a community tradition. In 2019 we are pleased to host three events: Valley Jamboree, Chadds Ford Days and the Great Pumpkin Carve.  The Society also offers educational programs, summer camps and group tours.  We invite you to visit us at our Barn Visitors Centeto view special exhibits and learn more about the Chadds Ford area.

Upcoming Events and Programs

Escape Brandywine

February 2, March 2, April 6
10am, 12pm and 2pm
This unique escape room experience occurs inside an authentic historical house with a Revolutionary War mission! Escape Brandywine places participants into roles of spies on the eve of the Battle of Brandywine.  Using real 18th century spy techniques, codes and cyphers, players have 60 minutes to solve puzzles, locate battle plans, and escape to deliver the plans to General George Washington. Click here to learn more.

11th Annual Plein Air Reception

February 9, 2019

6pm - 8pm


From February 7th - 9th, Plein Air artists will be creating paintings of the Brandywine countryside. Join us for a wine and cheese reception with the artists on Saturday February 9th from 6pm - 8pm.  Admission is $10 per person and can be purchased online or at the event. Paintings will be available for sale during the reception and through March 15. Click here to learn more.



Colonial Courtship & Victorian Valentines

February 15, 2019

7pm - 9pm


Join us for Tavern Nights: a Friday evening gathering (not a lecture!) exclusively for adults that focuses on unexplored aspects of early American history and culture. Held at our historic 18th century Barns-Brinton House, visitors get a real life experience of colonial tavern gatherings. Our February program “Colonial Courtship & Victorian Valentines,” provides an opportunity for you to up your dating game by learning the arts of historic courtship, superstitions, and traditions while getting hands-on with history. Click here to learn more.


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Hannah Freeman aka “Indian Hannah”:  Chester County’s Early “Celebrity” Resident, the Myth and the Reality

March 7, 2019



This is the first of our Spring Lecture Series. Catherine Quillman presents the real story of Hannah Freeman, the 19th century Native American popularly known as “Indian Hannah,” the “Last of Her Race.”   For a time, Hannah lived in the area known today as Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. No images survive of “Indian Hannah” but artist Adrian Martinez’s unfinished portrait here was based on his extensive research of the woman called an important “link” between the native Lenape and early settlers of Chester County.   Image courtesy of the artist.    Click here to learn more.

Travel with the CFHS!

Discover Switzerland, Austria & Bavaria

September 26 - October 5, 2019
10 Days | 12 Meals


Save money and support the Chadds Ford Historical Society by booking a trip through Collette. Travel to Bern, Chateau de Chillon, Montreaux, Lucerne, Innsbruck, Salzburg, Bavaria, Oberammergau and the Austrian Alps! Eat at St. Peter's Restaurant, ride the GoldenPass Panoramic Train, and wander through the Mirabell Gardens. You won't want to miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime experience!



Click here for more information about booking your trip!