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, August 18
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
Historic Escape Room Program
11am, 1pm & 3pm
$28/person - Advance tickets required
Bread Baking Demonstrations
11 am to 4 pm, Chads House Basement
Barn Visitor Center
Ticketing, Visitor Center & Gift Shop
11 am - 4 pm
Exhibit: The Ford Seasons: Summer
A photographic exhibit that changes with the seasons!
Philadelphia Water Color Society
Plein Air Art Show & Sale through 8/31
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!
The Cannon Ball
50th Anniversary Celebration
Friday, August 24, 2018
7pm to 11pm
The Gables at Chadds Ford
423 Baltimore Pike
Chadds Ford, PA 19317
ADVANCE TICKETS REQUIRED
$85 for CFHS & CFBA Members & $95 for Non-members
A night of delicious food, entertainment and celebration to mark the Chadds Ford Historical Society's 50th Anniversary!
Sponsored by The Phyllis Recca Foundation, Bryn Mawr Trust Company, Pennock Insurance, Inc., Dr. Richard McCurdy Sr & Dr. Richard McCurdy Jr., Levante Brewing Company, & Chaddsford Winery
Travel with the CFHS!
Discover Switzerland, Austria & Bavaria
September 26 - October 5, 2019
10 Days | 12 Meals
Save money and support the Chadds Ford Historical Society by booking a trip through Collette. Travel to Bern, Chateau de Chillon, Montreaux, Lucerne, Innsbruck, Salzburg, Bavaria, Oberammergau and the Austrian Alps! Eat at St. Peter's Restaurant, ride the GoldenPass Panoramic Train, and wander through the Mirabell Gardens. You won't want to miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime experience!
Click here for more information about booking your trip!
Philadelphia Water Color Society Art Sale
Art Sale: Extended Through August, Wednesday to Saturday from 11 am to 4 pm
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 August. 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
Escape Room Program
Saturdays through Labor Day
11am, 1pm and 3pm
ADVANCE TICKETS REQUIRED
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!
2018 Exhibit: The "Ford Seasons"
Open Wednesday to Friday 10am to 4pm