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!

Upcoming News & Events:

CFHS Historic Houses Open 

Saturdays in Summer


Join us for historic house tours and living history demonstrations on Saturdays this Summer!   Our historic properties, the John Chads House and Barns-Brinton House are open on Saturdays between Memorial Day and Labor Day.  Houses open Saturdays from 11am-3pm (with tours ending by 4pm).   Tickets can be purchased at the Barn Visitor Center or at each of the houses.  





Schedule for Saturday, August 12


Barn Visitor Center

Open for Exhibit (self-guided, free admission), Ticketing and Museum Shop  (11am - 4pm)


John Chads House

Bread Baking (11am - 4pm, bread available around 3pm)

Escape Brandywine escape room - reservations required (10am, 12pm, 2pm and 4pm)

(arrive at the Barn Visitor Center to check-in)


Barns-Brinton House

Hearth Cooking and Tours (11am - 4pm, last tour begins at 3pm)

Escape Brandywine

A historically immersive escape room experience!

Every Saturday this Summer through 9/2

Select Fridays Added: 7/28, 8/4, 8/11, 8/18, 9/1




Tickets must be purchased in advance online, as space is limited. 


Escape Brandywine is a 60 minute 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 rooms are available for corporate outings, team building, private parties and special events.  Please email info@chaddsfordhistory.org or call 610-388-7376 to learn more.

Tavern Talks: Well Preserved

Thursday, September 14, 7-9pm


How did Colonists prepare for the hard, winter months? During September’s Tavern Talks we'll be exploring the various ways Colonists planned for the winter, such as preserving foods, sewing and spinning, candle-making and more! Guest demonstrators for the evening include herb drying and preservation with Terra Luna Herbals, preparing cheese with Amazing Acres Goat Dairy, spinning wool with Greenbank Mills & Philips Farm, beekeeping with Brandywine Bee Company, and learning about the power of vinegar with Keepwell Vinegar.


Tavern Talks is a monthly experience (not a lecture!) aimed exclusively for adults 21 and older that focuses on unexplored aspects of early American history and culture. Guests will experience history with hands-on activities, food and drink tastings, demonstrations, and more. Tavern Talks takes place at the Chadds Ford Historical Society’s Barns Brinton House, an historic 1714 tavern, located next to the Chaddsford Winery at 630 Baltimore Pike. Admission is $20 for non-members and $15 for members. Tickets must be purchased in advance over the phone, in person or online as space is limited. All attendees must be 21 and older.

Philadelphia Watercolor Society

On Location: Artists at Brandywine, Plein Air Art Show & Sale


Opening Reception
August 25, 2017 5 - 8 pm
Chadds Ford Historical Society Visitor Center

Art Show & Sale

August 25 - September 22, 2017

Chadds Ford Historical Society Visitor Center
Wednesday to Saturday from 10 - 4 pm

For more information visit the Philadelphia Watercolor Society website.

Save the Date for Chadds Ford Days

September 9 & 10, 2017


For detailed event information, visit www.ChaddsFordDays.com


Chadds Ford Days is a 2-day festival commemorating the Battle of the Brandywine, which took place on September 11th, 1777. We offer fun activities for all ages varying from colonial demonstrations, tours of our historical site, Revolutionary War reenactors, military drills, hayrides, antique cars and much more. We will also have a Makers Marketplace, an outdoor open-air market, featuring 40+ boutique & specialty vendors from the area offering various items such as artisan foods, art, handcrafted jewelry, and handmade crafts as well as our Tavern Beer Garden, delicious local food and live music.  Come relive history with your family, friends (and dogs!) right here in Chadds Ford. Don't miss out on joining the community in this family-friendly festival tradition on September 9th & 10th!


Event sponsorships now available! View our Sponsorship Information.

Save the Dates!

The Great Pumpkin Carve 

October 19 - 21, 2017


For detailed event information, visit www.greatpumpkincarve.com


Come join us for seasonal fun at the Great Pumpkin Carve on October 19-21, 2017. The Great Pumpkin Carve is the perfect way to get in the fall spirit and look at wonderful pieces of hand-crafted art.

This open air festival features more than 60 local artists who carve huge pumpkins. These talented carvers sculpt pumpkins that sometimes weigh up to 400 pounds! Pumpkins will be lit and displayed at the end of the carving on Thursday night and then again on Friday and Saturday.


Event sponsorships now available! View our Sponsorship Information.

Save the Date!

Candlelight Christmas 

December 2, 2017, 1pm to 5pm


For detailed event information, visit 



It's still summer, but we're already thinking about Christmas!   Do you love the festive holiday season? Are you a historic house fan? Save the date for our annual holiday historic house tour!


COMMITTEE MEMBERS NEEDED!  Consider joining our Candlelight Christmas planning committee!  We're now forming a committee to organize and manage the 2017 Candlelight Christmas house tour, a Chadds Ford holiday tradition! This tour selects several homes and historic sites throughout the area to highlight on a one-day special holiday tour.   Possible roles are event chairs, site/house chairs and other various event planning roles.


If you're interested in being on the planning committee, please Sign Up Here or call us at 610-388-7376. 


Event sponsorships now available! View our Sponsorship Information.