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:

Escape Brandywine

A historically immersive escape room experience!

Select Saturdays this Summer



Tickets go on sale Friday, May 26th at 10 am

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


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!  To purchase your tickets, click here.


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

CFHS Historic Houses Open 

Saturday, May 27


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 will reopen 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.  

Tavern Talks: Quacking Up! 

     18th Century Medicine
Thursday, June 15th, 7-9 PM




What would you do if you became sick during the 18th century? Join us for this month’s Tavern Talks as we explore various aspects of 18th century medicine, health and hygiene through hands-on activities, living historian demonstrations, food tastings and more. While Colonial America did have skilled physicians and midwifes that would have prescribed remedies useful for today, fake or quack doctors also were prominent. A quack doctor may be lurking around during the event, so be careful of the bizarre and strange remedies he may prescribe for what ails you! 

Tavern Talks is a monthly experience (not a lecture!) aimed exclusively for adults 21 and older that focuses on fun topics in early American culture. Guests will experience history with hands-on activities, food and drink tastings, demonstrations and more! 

Tickets must be purchased in advance over the phone, in person at the Society or online as space is limited. All attendeees must be 21 and older. 

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.