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:

CFHS Historic Houses Open 

Saturdays in Summer


Join us for historic house tours and living history demonstrations on Saturdays this Summer!   Our historic properties, the John Chads House and Barns-Brinton House are open on Saturdays between Memorial Day and Labor Day.  Houses open Saturdays from 11am-3pm (with tours ending by 4pm).   Tickets can be purchased at the Barn Visitor Center or at each of the houses.  


Schedule for Saturday, July 22


Barn Visitor Center

Open for Exhibit (self-guided, free admission), Ticketing and Museum Shop  (11am - 4pm)


John Chads House

Bread Baking (11am - 4pm, bread available around 3pm)

Escape Brandywine escape room - reservations required (10am, 12pm, 2pm and 4pm)

(arrive at the Barn Visitor Center to check-in)


Barns-Brinton House

Hearth Cooking and Tours (11am - 4pm, last tour begins at 3pm)

American Girl Summer Camp

Just a few spots remain!

August 7-11

9am to 3pm




Camp is held at Chadds Ford Historical Society, 1736 N. Creek Road, Chadds Ford, PA  19317


Learn about history through the eyes of  Kaya, Felicity, Josefina and Addy! Experience how they would have lived through crafts, foods, and activities from the early American time period. Camp activities could include dress-up, candle making, quill pen writing, Colonial games, sewing, weaving, woodworking, open hearth cooking and more!

Escape Brandywine

A historically immersive escape room experience

Every Saturday this Summer through 9/2

Select Fridays Added: 7/28, 8/4, 8/11, 8/18, 9/1




Tickets must be purchased in advance online, as space is limited. 


Escape Brandywine is a 60 minute 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! 


Private escape rooms are available for corporate outings, team building, private parties and special events.  Please email info@chaddsfordhistory.org or call 610-388-7376 to learn more.

Exhibit: Wanton Waste: Chadds Ford & the Battle of Brandywine

Now open at the Barn Visitor Center


What would you do if you woke up to a battle in your backyard? Learn how villagers in Chadds Ford reacted when fighting erupted on the morning of September 11, 1777.  This self-guided exhibit is open at the Barn Visitors Center during regular operating hours. Admission to the exhibit is free. The exhibit runs April 2017 through February 2018. 

Philadelphia Watercolor Society

On Location: Artists at Brandywine, Plein Air Art Show & Sale


Opening Reception
August 25, 2017 5 - 8 pm
Chadds Ford Historical Society Visitor Center

Art Show & Sale

August 25 - September 22, 2017

Chadds Ford Historical Society Visitor Center
Wednesday to Saturday from 10 - 4 pm

For more information visit the Philadelphia Watercolor Society website.

Save the Date for Chadds Ford Days

September 9 & 10, 2017

For detailed event information, visit www.ChaddsFordDays.com


Chadds Ford Days is a 2 day festival commemorating the Battle of the Brandywine, which took place on September 11th, 1777. We offer fun activities for all ages varying from colonial demonstrations, tours of our historical site, Revolutionary War reenactors, military drills, hayrides, antique cars and much more. We will also have a Makers Marketplace featuring 40+ boutique & specialty vendors from the area offering various items such as artisan foods, art, jewelry, clothing, and handmade crafts as well as our Tavern Beer Garden, delicious local food and live music.  Come relive history with your family, friends and dogs right here in Chadds Ford. Don't miss out on joining the community in this family-friendly festival tradition on September 9th + 10th!


Event sponsorships now available! View our Sponsorship Information.

Join the Candlelight Christmas Planning Committee


It's almost July, but we're already thinking about Christmas!   Do you love the festive holiday season? Are you a historic house fan? Consider joining our Candlelight Christmas planning committee!  We're now forming a committee to organize and manage the 2017 Candlelight Christmas house tour, a Chadds Ford holiday tradition! This tour selects several homes and historic sites throughout the area to highlight on a one-day special holiday tour.   Possible roles are event chairs, site/house chairs and other various event planning roles.



If you're interested in being on the planning committee, please Sign Up Here or call us at 610-388-7376.