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

Liberty & Libations

March 22, 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 March program highlights the unexplored history of home brewing in the Colonial era. Guests will have the opportunity to watch beer historian Rich Wagner create a "sixthel" and demonstrate aspects of Colonial brewing, play some Colonial drinking (libation) games, and sample craft beers from local breweries and more! Click here to learn more.


2019 Exhibit Opening Reception

Thrills, Hills and Spills:

Lenape Park & Chadds Peak

April 5
6pm - 8pm
Using a blend of artifacts and photos, learn the story of two popular attractions in the Chadds Ford area which closed in the 1980s. The reception and exhibit are free to the public. We are raffling five original brass rings from the Lenape Park Dentzel Carousel.  Click here to learn more.

Escape Brandywine

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.

Lost Lenape Park: Remembering the Once Bustling Recreation Destination

April 11 at 7pm

by Don McKay


The area currently known as Lenape developed out of a rural agricultural community serviced by a colonial mill that was witness to the British invasion of September 11, 1777. The introduction of a steam railroad in the 1870's opened up new business opportunities for the local residents as well as new avenue to bring visitors to the picturesque region. With the introduction of an early picnic park, the tourism industry was born and enhanced over the years with the recreation and transportation technologies of the times. Take a trip back to simpler times and recall the grandeur of the stop along the Brandywine that we call Lenape.

 Click here to learn more.

Annual Meeting for Members

April 28

4pm - 6pm


Join us Sunday afternoon for our annual meeting where we present updates on the Society's 2018 financials along 2019 planned events and programs. We are returning to the format which includes a short business meeting, guest lecturer and buffet dinner. Gene Pisasale, lecturer, will present "American Revolution to Fine Art: Brandywine Reflections." This presentation delves into more than 300 years of regional history and highlights fascinating people, places and events which shaped our heritage. After the lecture, enjoy a buffet dinner and explore our new exhibit on Lenape Park and Chadds Peak.


Please contact the office if you plan to attend. We need to indicate the number of attendees for the buffet dinner.

A Bite of History

In conjunction with local restaurants, we are pleased to present a new community program. On the last Tuesday of alternating months, we will highlight a different establishment and encourage our members and friends to enjoy a meal there. In return, the establishment will donate a portion of the proceeds to the Society. This is a great opportunity to support local restaurants and the CFHS too! Why slave over the stove and wash dishes when you can relax to a meal prepared by someone else and meet one of our colonial reenactors for some lively conversation.

Chadds Ford Tavern

April 30


"Here at the Chadds Ford Tavern, we thrive on the belief that great service, incredible food and exceptional drinks are the ingredients for a phenomenal night. Whether out with friends, family, or grabbing a bite on your way by, The Tavern has something for everyone!"


 Be sure to identify yourself as being with the CFHS. Please join us for a bite of history!