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.

This Weekend at the

Chadds Ford Historical Society

Saturday, June 23


Barns-Brinton House 

Hearth Cooking & Historic House Tours

11 am - 4 pm

$6 for Adults, $3 for children (12 & under)

CFHS Members and children under age 5 are free


John Chads House 

Escape Brandywine

Historic Escape Room Program

11am, 1pm & 3pm

$28/person - Advance tickets required


Barn Visitor Center

Ticketing, Visitor Center & Gift Shop 

11 am - 4 pm


Exhibit: The Ford Seasons: Summer

photographic exhibit that changes with the seasons!  


Philadelphia Water Color Society

Plein Air Art Show & Sale through 7/8

View a selection from 25 plein air artists, who painted on the four Brandywine River Museum of Art properties – the Kuerner Farm, the Andrew Wyeth Studio, the NC Wyeth Studio and the Brandywine River Museum of Art on June 1-3, 2018.   Come view their work on display or purchase one for your collection from this exhibit!

Philadelphia Water Color Society Art Sale


Art Sale: June 8 - July 8, Wednesday to Saturday from 10am to 4pm

Chadds Ford Historical Society

1736 Creek Road, Chadds Ford, PA  19317


Continuing the rich tradition of working outdoors in the Brandywine Valley landscape, a selection of artists juried by the Philadelphia Water Color Society will spend three days painting en plein air at the Brandywine River Museum of Art and its historic properties. Visitors are invited to watch and meet artists at work during their museum visit and on select tours of the N. C. Wyeth House & Studio and the Andrew Wyeth Studio. In case of inclement weather, artists will set up in protected areas (such as porches) for viewing.  


For more information about the event, please visit Philadelphia Water Color Society's event page.


Work created during the event will be available for purchase at the Chadds Ford Historical Society, beginning with a reception on Friday, June 8, from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. and continuing through July 8.  A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Brandywine River Museum of Art and Chadds Ford Historical Society. 

Click here for more information about the On Location: Artists at Brandywine

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: 
Thursday, June 21, 2018 - Enlightened!
Enter the “Age of Reason” with our latest Tavern Talks theme of the enlightenment! To be sure you are well-informed, our notable guests for the evening include inventor Mr. Joseph Priestley (portrayed by Dean Howarth of Living Histories of Science), astronomer Caroline Herschel (portrayed by K. Lynn King), and a horticulturist (portrayed by Chuck Feld). We will also be putting the light in enlightenment with an interactive historical lighting display by demonstrator William Russell. Finally, guests will be immersed into a coffeehouse setting where news of the day would have been discussed in the 18th century.  
Upcoming Tavern Talks:
September 13, 2018 - Liberty or Death
October 11, 2018 - Fermented & Tormented
November 8, 2018 - Sugar & Spice

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.  

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! 
Next Exhibit Opening, "Summer": June 20