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

Candlelight Christmas

December 7

Visit our historic houses decorated for the season as we celebrate the Christmas spirit! Experience the culinary history of colonial America. Sample beverages along with sweet and savory foods from original 18th century recipes. Tours include the John Chads House and Springhouse, Barns-Brinton House along with Visitors Center activities. Click to learn more.

A Bite of History - Brandywine Prime

December 15

Brunch: 10:00am to 1:30pm (last seating)
Dinner: 4:30pm to 8:30pm (last seating)


We are pleased to have our last Bite of History of the year at one of our closest neighbors, Brandywine Prime. We encourage our members and friends to enjoy a meal there on Sunday, December 15th. 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.

Brandywine Prime is described as having: "tasty" steaks, a "decadent Sunday brunch" and more backed by "zinger drinks" and a "sensible" wine program at the "upscale casual" meatery in the "beautifully restored" Chadds Ford Inn; the "down to earth" setting captures the Brandywine/Wyeth area", while the service is "friendly" and "professional"

Be sure to tell your wait staff that you are with the Chadds Ford Historical Society! Please join us - have a nice meal and support two great establishments.

Recent Events

The Great Pumpkin Carve

October 17, 18 & 19

An annual Chadds Ford tradition, the three day event highlights over 70 giant pumpkins carved into spooktacular creations. Click to view the winners and highlights.