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 2020 we are pleased to host: 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

2020 'Paint Out Chadds Ford' Plein Air Event


After a wonderful 3 days of hard weather 23 artists created over 100 beautiful works. Come out to our visitor's center and purchase great landscapes of the Brandywine. Artwork will be on display and available for purchase through March 14th, 2019.

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Spring Lecture Series



March 5th at 7pm

Lora Engleheart


Mary Ann Shad Cary (1823-1893) was one of the most accomplished and celebrated women in black history.  She was born in Wilmington, yet few Delaware residents have ever heard of her.  Shad Cary seems more a woman of our times than of her own.  Teacher, journalist, editor, feminist, lawyer, wife and mother…it is easy to imagine her as a modern-day superwoman, preaching and practicing a life committed to racial and gender equality.  It is harder to imagine a woman, especially a woman of color, leading a life so rich with accomplishments 150 years ago. Click here to purchase tickets

American Girl Doll Summer Camps - 2020


We have two American Girl Camps: July 20 - 24 and August 3 - 7. We will be focusing on one era and one or more dolls per day. Your child can bring along their favorite doll to play and learn American History through the eyes of Kaya (1764), Felicity (1774), Josefina (1824), Kirsten (1854), Addy (1864), Samantha (1904), Kit (1934), Nanea (1941), Molly (1944), Melody (1964), and Julie (1974). From the earliest days of the Colonies through the American Revolution, from the Civil War to Civil Rights, the changes that took place for all Americans have had a major impact on our girls’ lives today.

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Escape Brandywine

The Historical Society is offering several chances to come and enjoy our Escape Brandywine escape room. If you and your family are looking for a fun activity to do together during the holiday season come out and escape together! 


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