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!

Upcoming News & Events:

The Great Pumpkin Carve 

1736 N. Creek Road

Chadds Ford, PA 19317


October 19, 2017 from 5 to 9pm

October 20, 2017 from 5 to 9m

October 21, 2017 from 3 to 9pm


Admission: $10 adults

$5 children ages 7-17, Free - under 6

Free for CFHS Members


For detailed event information, visit www.greatpumpkincarve.com


Come join us for seasonal fun at the Great Pumpkin Carve on October 19-21, 2017. The Great Pumpkin Carve is the perfect way to get in the fall spirit!


Want to help behind the scenes?  Consider volunteering!  Click here to sign up


This open air festival features 70 local artists who carve huge pumpkins. These talented carvers sculpt pumpkins that sometimes weigh up to 400 pounds! Live pumpkin carving on Thursday night with lighting at 8pm.  Pumpkins are lit and on display on Friday and Saturday.  Enjoy the fall fun with pumpkin carving, scarecrow display & competition (NEW for 2017!), hayrides, live music, tasty local food!  

2017 Pumpkin Carve Winners (Photos Coming Soon!)

2017 Pumpkin Carver Winners

Best Overall - #56 – Patrick Cabry

Andy's Spookiest - #8 – Carol Gorham

Best Carving - #5 – Jeff Brown

Best Use of Pumpkin - #42 – Chris Belton

Most Halloween - #64 – Raymond Bieg

Most Original - #29 - Greg Schneider

2017 Pumpkin Carver Honorable Mention

HM-Best Overall - #1 - Jennifer MacNeil

HM-Andy's Spookiest - #73 – Liza Antley

HM-Best Carving - #17 – John Bilek

HM-Best Use of Pumpkin - #12 - Paul Bement

HM-Most Halloween - #11 – Joseph Suto

HM-Most Original - #22 – Paula Miller 

Congratulations to our winners and thank you to the talented artists that carved!

Tavern Talks: Feast Mode!

Thursday, November 9, 7 to 9pm

Barns-Brinton Tavern



This is the last Tavern Talks of 2017!


We'll have your taste buds tingling for this month’s food-centric Tavern Talks: Feast Mode! On Thursday, November 9th from 7-9 PM, become a historical foodie as we delight in the delicacies of 18th Century cooking through several interactive stations. Learn about tavern fare with historic foodways historian Susan Plaisted and cheer on TV host, podcaster and competitive food eater Monty "Moe Train Eats" Wiradilaga as he does the “Colonial Food Tasting Challenge.” Other guest participants include Saint Benjamin Brewing Company and Chaddsford Winery


Tavern Talks is a monthly experience (not a lecture!) aimed exclusively for adults 21 and older that focuses on unexplored aspects of early American history and culture. Guests will experience history with hands-on activities, food and drink tastings, demonstrations, and more. Tavern Talks takes place at the Chadds Ford Historical Society’s Barns Brinton House, an historic 1714 tavern, located next to the Chaddsford Winery at 630 Baltimore Pike. Admission is $20 for non-members and $15 for members. Tickets must be purchased in advance over the phone, in person or online as space is limited. All attendees must be 21 and older.