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. Our family oriented events have become a community tradition. In 2022 we are pleased to host: Battle at Chadds Ford / Historic 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 Center to view special exhibits and learn more about the Chadds Ford area.

Effective September 1st: We Are Open By Appointment Only!

Starting Thursday, September 1st, the John Chads House and Barn Visitors Center will be open by appointment only.


The Barns-Brinton House will be closed for the Fall and Winter months, but can be toured by appointment only.


Please call 610-388-7376 or email Sandi Johnson at if you are interested in a tour of any of our builings.

Upcoming 2022 Events and Programs

CANCELED Sunday, September 11th

*Due to the rain, we've decided to cancel the event.  We hope to see you all next year at the 2023 Battle at Chadds Ford!

Battle at Chadds Ford

Historic Chadds Ford Days

Saturday, September 10 & Sunday, September 11, 2022

10:00am - 5:00pm


The CFHS is excited to announce that we will be hosting a battle reenactment! Join us for a historical journey back to September 11th 1777, when the British army engaged Washington's troops at Chads' Ford.


Click HERE for more details.

The Great Pumpkin Carve 2022

Thursday, October 20th & Friday, October 21st, 4pm - 9pm

Saturday, October 22nd, 3pm - 9pm


Join us for a three day Chadds Ford tradition where over 70 giant pumpkins are carved by local artists on Thursday and will be lit and displayed on Friday & Saturday. All three nights enjoy a 'kid friendly' Haunted Trail, raffle prizes and live music. Food, local craft beer and wine are available for purchase.


Click here for more Great Pumpkin Carve details...

Brandywine River Museum Critter Sale!

December 1 - 3, 10am - 5pm

December 4, 10am - 3pm


The Brandywine River Museum will be holding their annual Critter Sale at the Chadds Ford Historical Society's Barn Visitors Center this year.  Please stop by to support the River Museum and purchase some cute critters hand-made by their Critter Volunteers.


Come back soon for more details...