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!

Upcoming News & Events:

Tavern Talks: Spirits & Spirits

Thursday, October 12, 7 to 9pm

Barns-Brinton Tavern


During this month’s Tavern Talks at the Barns-Brinton House tavern, spirits of both the supernatural and the fermented will flow freely. Guests will learn about the ways in which Colonists tried to ward off evil spirits, listen to some local ghostly tales and taste some treats that are to die for! Guest participants include Liquid Alchemy Beverages, Chaddsford Winery, Talks by Tammy, who will discuss the meaning behind 18th century tombstones and their symbols, and Delmarva Historic Haunts, a local paranormal investigation team who will answer your spookiest questions.


Tavern Talks is a monthly experience (not a lecture!) aimed exclusively for adults 21 and older that focuses on unexplored aspects of early American history and culture. Guests will experience history with hands-on activities, food and drink tastings, demonstrations, and more. Tavern Talks takes place at the Chadds Ford Historical Society’s Barns Brinton House, an historic 1714 tavern, located next to the Chaddsford Winery at 630 Baltimore Pike. Admission is $20 for non-members and $15 for members. Tickets must be purchased in advance over the phone, in person or online as space is limited. All attendees must be 21 and older.


Paranormal Events This Fall


This fall, we are hosting two paranormal themed events at our site to get you into the "spirit", both Paranormal 101 introductory classes and Paranormal Investigations!


At our Paranormal 101 class, participants will learn about the tools, techniques and process that Delmarva Historic Haunts uses to explore ghostly paranormal activities.  This Paranormal 101 Class will be conducted by Delmarva Historic Haunts and hosted by the Chadds Ford Historical Society.  This class will prepare you to participate in our Paranormal Investigations!


Tickets - $10 per person

October 5 at 6pm and 7:30pm

Paranormal 101 Classes - PURCHASE TICKETS


Do you love history with a dash of mystery?  Come join us for some paranormal fun while we investigate different locations at The Chadds Ford Historical Society! Participants will learn about the tools that Delmarva Historic Haunts uses to explore paranormal activities and will participate in investigations first hand at our historic site.


Tickets - $25 per person

October 14 at 7:30pm and 10:30pm

Paranormal Investigations - PURCHASE TICKETS

The Great Pumpkin Carve 

October 19, 2017 from 5 to 9pm

October 20, 2017 from 5 to 9m

October 21, 2017 from 3 to 9pm 


For detailed event information, visit www.greatpumpkincarve.com


Come join us for seasonal fun at the Great Pumpkin Carve on October 19-21, 2017. The Great Pumpkin Carve is the perfect way to get in the fall spirit and look at wonderful pieces of hand-crafted art.

This open air festival features more than 60 local artists who carve huge pumpkins. These talented carvers sculpt pumpkins that sometimes weigh up to 400 pounds! Live pumpkin carving on Thursday night with lighting at 8pm.  Pumpkins are lit and on display on Friday and Saturday.  Enjoy the fall fun with pumpkin carving, scarecrow display & competition (NEW for 2017!), hayrides, live music, tasty local food!  


Want to participate? You can carve a pumpkin or build a scarecrow!


Event sponsorships still available! View our Sponsorship Information


Want to help behind the scenes?  Consider volunteering!  Click here to sign up

Save the Date!

Candlelight Christmas 

December 2, 2017, 1pm to 5pm


For detailed event information, visit 



It's still summer, but we're already thinking about Christmas!   Do you love the festive holiday season? Are you a historic house fan? Save the date for our annual holiday historic house tour!


COMMITTEE MEMBERS NEEDED!  Consider joining our Candlelight Christmas planning committee!  We're now forming a committee to organize and manage the 2017 Candlelight Christmas house tour, a Chadds Ford holiday tradition! This tour selects several homes and historic sites throughout the area to highlight on a one-day special holiday tour.   Possible roles are event chairs, site/house chairs and other various event planning roles.


If you're interested in being on the planning committee, please Sign Up Here or call us at 610-388-7376. 


Event sponsorships now available! View our Sponsorship Information


Want to help behind the scenes?  Consider volunteering!  Click here to sign up