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. 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 Events:

5/28: Historic House Museums Open for the Season

Event Description

The historic John Chads House and Barns Brinton House open for tours on Saturdays beginning on May 28 and continue through September 3. Tours begin at the top of every hour between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Tickets are available at the Barn Visitors' Center. For more information click here.


This Saturday we'll also be featuring living history demonstrations at both of our historic houses! At the John Chads House we'll be baking bread in our beehive bread oven and at the Barns Brinton House we'll be making chocolate. Demonstrations are included as part of the tour admission. Join us other Saturdays throughout the summer for more living history!

6/9: Tavern Talks: Herbs & Potions

Event Description

Did you know that many herbs used to cure illness back in thte Colonial period are still used in modern drugs today? This month we will be exploring the many uses of herbs, such as ones you can eat with food, ones you can use to ward off sickness and ones you can mix in your cocktail!


Guests will have the opporunity to "brew" their own potion, sip on "herby" cocktails by the Mix Specialists, discover herbal remedies, taste some edible flowers, unearth the hidden meanings of plants and more! We can't think of a better way to get in the mood for summer.

Tickets must be purchased in advance online, over the phone or in person as space is limited!

6/12: Dig Into History! Learn How to Grow a Colonial Garden

Event Description

Be a part of history! Jason with Poseidon Ponds & Garden in Chadds Ford will be leading a hands-on workshop about growing your own Colonial garden while installing ours at the historic John Chads House. Learn about herbs and plants that were staples in 18th century kitchen gardens and ones that should be staples in yours! Workshop includes a special take-home herb packet and equipment will be provided. 

Tickets must be purchased in advance online, over the phone or in person as space is limited!