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Chadds Ford Historical Society Calendar of Events Photos courtesy of Thomas Swift

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Draft of the Village of Chadds Ford Master Plan Draft Master Plan, March 2015

Draft of the Village of Chadds Ford Master Plan 


Attention Chadds Ford Residents: Please join the community as we work to make the Chadds Ford Village a sustainable and walkable place. Read the DRAFT of the Chadds Ford Village Master Plan and send your comments and questions. Comments by the public are solicited from March 18 through April 15. Please either email Beth Burnam at bburnam@brandywine.org<mailto:bburnam@brandywine.org , or call 610-388-8396. The final plan presentation is on May 20th at 7 p.m. here at the Chadds ford Historical Society.

Mark Your Calendars

Come to the Open House on March 28, 2015: THIS SATURDAY!

Living History Camp (Saturdays only for busy young people)


Learn about the summer Saturday program on March 28 starting at 10 am.  See the clothing, learn about the program, and learn how to play several colonial games (from 11:30 - 1 pm)


Explore history at the Chadds Ford Historical Society by learning 18th century crafts and skills. This group of history buffs (aged 11 and up) helps put the "story" back in history during our living history presentations. Each young person is encouraged to learn how people in 18th century Chadds Ford lived. This is accomplished with participation in hands-on activities such as sewing 18th century clothing, producing bracelets, or trim using lucets and tape looms, spinning, growing and processing flax into linen, dipping candles, and learning colonial dances.


Contact the office for details or see our web page under Education: Living History Camp.

Guest Bartender Event featuring Victoria Wyeth

Tuesday, April 14

6pm - 9pm

The BBC Tavern and Grill, 4019 Kennett Pike Greenville, DE 19807


Come see a lineup of guest bartenders including the amazing Victoria Wyeth and the delightful Frank Mendenhall serve up some brew and toast to the Colonials' victory! Join the Chadds Ford Historical Society for dinner at the restaurant and get ready to have more than a few laughs, great drinks and tons of fun! All tips and 10% of food sales will be donated to the Chadds Ford Historical Society.

Historic House Tours, Antiques and Lunch

Benefits  the Chester County Night School

Wednesday, April 15

10:30am - 2pm


Fee is $32. Join the Society’s past president, Dr. George Franz as he guides you on historic tours of the John Chads House & Springhouse, c.1725 and the Barns-Brinton House & Tavern, c.1714. These houses are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Please gather at the Chadds Ford Historical Society's Barn Visitors Center, at 10:30 am. (1736 N. Creek Road). The group will walk over to the John Chads House, located directly across the street, then take a short ride to the Barns-Brinton House (630 Baltimore Pike). Afterwards everyone can enjoy antiques and lunch in the historic White Barn Carriage House: The Mushrooms Cafe, located at 880 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford. Admission, lunch, gratuity and taxes included in the fee.  For more information, please click here!

Massive Barn Market Massive Barn Market

1st Annual Massive Barn Market

Saturday, April 18
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Barn Visitors Center


Co-sponsored by the Chadds Ford Historical Society and the Brandywine View Antiques, Admission is free. Put on your comfy shoes and head down to the Chadds Ford Historical Society for a fun day of shopping. There will be 50 quality vendors offering unique collectables, vintage items and antique goods. Plus a variety of food trucks will be on hand serving up everything from gourmet specialties to all American standards including desserts and other treats. This is an outdoor event that takes place rain or shine on the grounds of the Chadds Ford Historical Society’s Barn Visitors Center.

Special Exhibit: Come to the Faire!

50 Years of Chadds Ford Days

Friday, May 22

5:30 to 8 p.m.

Barn Visitors Center


The Chadds Ford Historical Society is marking its 50th anniversary of the Colonial Faire, Chadds Ford Days. Begun in 1958 as a way to raise awareness of the historical and cultural heritage of the area, the celebration has grown over the years from a one day to a two day event. Throughout the years the event has remained true to preserving the area's colonial roots with revolutionary re-enactors, authentic colonial crafts and demonstrations as well as an art exhibit which exemplifies the unique cultural heritage of Chadds Ford begun by the Wyeths.


This new exhibit will celebrate this birthday. Using objects and photographs from the 50 year history. It will mix one part history and one part nostalgia with some fun thrown in for good measure. The exhibit runs through December 5.

The 3rd Annual Spring Yard Sale will be held Saturday, May 16 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the grounds of the Chadds Ford Historical Society 1736 Creek Road, Chadds Ford. The Society will be accepting donations of household items, kitchenware, china, dishes, jewelry, books, small furniture, tools, artwork, toys with no missing pieces, etc.. Please do not send clothing, encyclopedias, textbooks or reference books, DVDs, computers, TVs, exercise equipment, paints, baby items such as cribs, strollers, car seats, games and toys with broken or missing pieces, bedding and mattresses or any plug-in appliances.

If you have any questions please call the Society at 610-388-7376 

Barn Visitors Center, Meeting Room Rental

The meeting room at the Barn Visitors Center is available to the public for business, individual or organizational use. The room size is 23 feet by 32 feet. Please call (610) 388-7376 or e-mail at info@chaddsfordhistory.org for fee schedule and additional information.