Welcome to Chadds Ford Historical Society

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

Mark Your Calendars

Festive crafts for children Festive crafts for children

New for Kids!

Saturday, August 23

Star-Spangled Crafts for ages 3 and up

2:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Barn Visitors Center

Kids will love showing off their patriotic spirit this summer by creating festive red, white, and blue crafts that are perfect for gift giving, decor, and fashion accessories. Activities include, making flags, star mobile, salt dough ornaments, and fish-tail bracelets using lucets.

Registration is required. Please call the office at 610-388-7376 to register so we can have enough supplies at hand. Free for members, $5 for non members.

RevWar Reenactors during Chadds Ford Days Revolutionary War Reenactors

Saturday, September 6 & Sunday, September 7

The 49th Annual Chadds Ford Days

Celebrating the Battle of Brandywine, September 11, 1777

10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

An outdoor festival on the grounds of the Barn Visitors Center


Chadds Ford Days is a community event that features quality crafters and artists, outdoor activities, live entertainment, tours of the historic John Chads House, and so much more. 

Adult admission is $5; Free to CFHS members. Kids, Dogs, & parking are also free.


Special Thanks to our generous Sponsors! We have sponsorship opportunities available throughout the year, please email nbarakat@chaddsfordhistory.org or call at (610) 388-7376 if you're interested.

Colonial girls holding beehive bread from the John Chads House Colonial girls holding beehive bread from the John Chads House

Visit Our Historic Houses

Now through August 31

 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

John Chads House is open Saturdays & Sundays

Barns-Brinton House is open on Saturdays only . It is closed on Sundays.

$10 for adults (both houses), $5 for adults (1 house), $5 for students over 12.  Free for Members and children 12 & under

Enjoy history-filled tours with costumed guides at our National Register Historic Treasures: The Barns-Brinton House, 1714 located on 630 Baltimore Pike in Chadds Ford and The John Chads' House, c.1725 at 1719 N Creek Road in Chadds Ford. Watch bread baking demonstrations at the John Chads House.

Freshly baked beehive bread will be available for sale.


The John Chads House will be open for tours during Chadds Ford Days on September 6 & 7.


Tours of these historic houses are available for small and large groups year round with advanced scheduling. Please email the education department at education@chaddsfordhistory.org


American Girl TM Camp American Girl TM Camp

Looking for a great summer day camp for your child this summer? Discover what daily life was like in early American time.

American Girl TM Doll Camp

August 18-22.

8:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Members: $200; Non-members: $225


Girls will have the chance to experience early American stories with their dolls. Activities include learning about Native American life, sewing, cooking, weaving, quill pen writing, and enjoying a tea party! Please bring a packed lunch.


Museum Shop at the Barn Visitors Center Appliques by Naomi Grondahl

Visit our Museum Shop

Located inside

The Barn Visitors Center



Please stop by our Museum Shop where you'll find many unique gifts for that special someone on your list. We have a variety of crafts by local artists and an array of gifts and seasonal novelties that highlight the heritage of our region. Click here  to see some of our featured items.

Barns-Brinton House, courtesy of Thomas Swift Barns-Brinton House, courtesy of Thomas Swift

Saturday, September 27

Capturing the Barns-Brinton House on Canvas lecture

2:00 p.m.

Brandywine River Museum

Admission to this lecture is free with museum admission


Amanda C. Burdan, associate curator, will introduce and discuss several paintings depicting this historic home in Chadds Ford. The Barns-Brinton House has been standing on its spot on US Route 1 for 300 years, rescued from demolition and restored by the Chadds Ford Historical Society.


Following the lecture, members of the Chadds Ford Historical Society will serve complimentary tea and cookies.

The Great Pumpkin Carve The Great Pumpkin Carve

Thursday- Saturday, October 23-25

The Great Pumpkin Carve

Co-Sponsored by the Chadds Ford Historical Society & the Concordville Chadds Ford Rotary

5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

An outdoor festival on the grounds of the Barn Visitors Center


Join us Thursday as more than 60 local artists carve huge pumpkins! Pumpkins will be lit and displayed on Friday and Saturday. All three nights, enjoy live music, hayrides, and a haunted trail.

$10 for adults 18 and older; $5 for ages 7 to 17. Free for ages 6 and under. CFHS members are free with membership card.


Sponsorship opportunities are available, please email nbarakat@chaddsfordhistory.org or call at (610) 388-7376

Candlelight Christmas Tour 2014 Candlelight Christmas Tour 2014

Saturday, December 6

The 29th Annual Candlelight Christmas Tour

1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Tickets are $20 per  person in advance or

$25 per person on the day of the tour


The 2012 tour celebrates the 300 - year history of the 1714 Barns-Brinton House. This self-guided tour includes over 15 beautiful homes and historic sites in Pennsbury and Kennett townships.



Advertising and sponsorship opportunities are available, please email nbarakat@chaddsfordhistory.org or call 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.