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.

Spring Lecture Series:

Picturing The Past


Our 2018 lecture series uses historic images to discuss a wide variety of historical topics. The series includes four lectures during consecutive weeks: 


Wednesday, March 14, 7:00 p.m.

Eyewitness Images form the American Revolution, Arthur Lefkowitz


Wednesday, March 21, 7:00 p.m.

Pets In America: The Story of Our Lives with Animals at Home, Dr. Katherine Grier


Wednesday, March 28, 7:00 p.m.

Charles Philips: Draftsman, Bicyclist & Photographer, Pamela C. Powell


Thursday, April 5, 7:00 p.m.

Chadds Ford Then and Now II, Phyllis Recca


For more detailed information about each lecture in the series please visit our Spring Lecture Series page.

Guest Bartender Fundraiser

Thursday, March 29 

6 to 9pm


BBC Tavern & Grill

4019 Kennett Pike

Greenville, DE  19807


Raise a glass to history!   CFHS and BBC Tavern invite you to our Guest Bartending Event at BBC on Thurday, March 29 from 6 to 9pm, including silent auction.  100% of your tips are donated to CFHS.  

Escape Brandywine

Escape Room Program

Select Dates added for Spring Break

3/28, 3/29, 3/30, 3/31, 4/4, 4/5, 4/6 & 4/7

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.  

Tavern Talks returns

at the Barns-Brinton Tavern



$20/General Admission

$15 for CFHS Members

New for 2018 - Purchase a subscription to Tavern Talks for the year to ensure your spot every month, including our most popular topics!  


Individual tickets are also on sale now:
March 15, 2018 - Mind Your Pints & Quarts
April 12, 2018 - Law & Order
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
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. 

Now Hiring!

Program Specialists, Part-Time


Do you love history and enjoy sharing you passion for it with others? If so, we are looking for history enthusiasts like you to educate the public about the history of Chadds Ford. Through tours, special programs, school trips, summer camps and other uses of our facilities you can help bring history to life for children and adults alike. 
Training will begin soon for part-time Program Specialists so apply now to become part of the history education team at Chadds Ford HIstorical Society. 


Click here for a complete job posting, position description and instructions to apply. 

CFHS Spring Clean Up Day

Saturday, April 7, 8am to 12pm


We need your help getting our grounds ready for Spring! It's time to beautify the grounds...sweep and pick up, plant some annuals, pull some weeds, and spread some mulch! 

We'll organize volunteers into groups to work together at the Barns Brinton House, The Chads House and around the Barn Visitors Center to get our sites into shape.


If you have a small business or corporate group that is looking for a way to get involved in the community this is a perfect one-day project!   VOLUNTEER HERE