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

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Spring Lecture Series

Gary Pendleton, 100 Plein Air Painters of the Mid Atlantic

7:30 p.m.

Barn Visitors Center

Admission is $10;  Free for members of CFHS. Please call 610-388-7376 to reserve a seat. Seating may be limited.


Gary Pendleton is a noted plein air painter and illustrator. He has a passion for art, nature and art history. He combined these three passions into a magnificent book: 100 Plein Air Painters of the Mid Atlantic. 

Gary began exploring painting outdoors, en plein air, and the scenes he saw everyday around the countryside and the Chesapeake Bay inspired him to join the Mid Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association. In 2010 he was elected president of the association. He has participated in numerous plein air events across the Mid Atlantic including the Chadds Ford Historical Society’s annual winter plein air event.

Signed copies of this wonderful book will be available for sale following the lecture.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Spring Lecture Series

Chuck Feld, The History of Horticulture in America, Part II

7:30 p.m.

Barn Visitors Center

Admission is $10;  Free for members of CFHS. Please call 610-388-7376 to reserve a seat. Seating may be limited.


Chuck Feld will give an insight into horticulture in America from 1750-1825. By the mid 1700s the wealthy were planting gardens with native plants and new plants from Europe. Nurseries were becoming big business, supplying fruit trees, vegetable seeds, and ornamentals. McMahon Nursery in Philadelphia was one of the leaders in the seed and nursery business. Lewis and Clark returned from the West with new plants and seed which McMahon propagated and sold to the influent gardener.

In the post-revolutionary period, Washington and Jefferson were leaders in new agricultural practices including composting, and using manure as fertilizer. Perhaps the greatest progress in agriculture in the first third of the nineteenth century was the westward spread of the industry.The lecture will include Mount Vernon, Monticello, the mulberry and the silk worm, the Shaker’s seed business (and many nursery and seed companies of that period), and gardens of the wealthy in the Philadelphia area.

Come to the Open House on March 28, 2015!


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

Tuesday, April 14

6pm - 9pm

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


Join our staff and friends of the CFHS and watch them 'serve it up' at our first Guest Bartending Event! There will be prizes, raffles to win, and fun and cheer! Not to mention, 10% of food sales will be donated to the CFHS!

History Tour through the Chester County Night School

Wednesday, April 15

10:30am - 2pm


Join Dr. George Franz, retired history professor from Penn State, as he takes you on a tour of the John Chads House and the Barns-Brinton House.  His in-depth knowledge of  history will dazzle and amaze you! Class price also includes lunch, gratuity, and tax at Mushrooms Cafe in Chadds Ford. For more information, please click here!


1st Annual Massive Barn Market

Saturday, April 18
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Featuring unique collectables, vintage and antiques; food trucks and more!
Admission: Free
Barn Visitors Center; Outdoors: Rain or shine.

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.