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.

Escape Brandywine

Escape Room Program

Saturdays through Labor Day

11am, 1pm and 3pm



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.  

Music in the Meadow

Saturday, May 19, 2018

12pm to 7pm



Free for Children 17 and under and 

CFHS Members


Join us for a new music fest with four local bands featuring delicious local food, wine and beer garden, outdoor games and more!   For more information, please view the Music in the Meadow event page.

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: 
May 17, 2018 - To Market, To Market
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! 

Rental Space for Meetings & Parties

For more information about facility rentals and photography use, please visit our Rentals page. 

The Meeting Room at the Barn Visitors Center is available for rental for individual, business or organizational use. The room  is 23 feet by 32 feet and can be configured for your needs.  Generally, up to 40 seated at tables or up to 70 seated lecture or theater style is available.  Parking is available in the rear of the building for your guests.
Business rentals are available for lectures, workshops, and seminars.  Our meeting room is also the ideal space for corporate team building and business meetings.  We can also combine your rental with a private tour for your group or special program, such as the Escape Brandywine escape room for an additional fee.  Special rates for non-profit organizations are available.
We welcome rentals for private events and parties, such as bridal or baby showers, retirement, graduation or birthday parties, luncheons and memorials.  Typically, your rental fee allows use of the room for 6 hours (including setup and cleanup time).