Celebrate Chadds Ford Days! September 12 & 13

Advance Ticket Sales:

"I Paint My Life" A special evening with Victoria Wyeth: Tickets are currently on sale!  Refer to November events below for more details on this special event.

Upcoming Events at CFHS!

2014 Chadds Ford Days Reenactors

Chadds Ford Days

September 12-13, 2015

10 am to 5 pm
Barn Visitors Center

1736 Creek Road

Chadds Ford, PA

 

Chadds Ford Days began as a way to commemorate the Revolutionary War Battle of Brandywine that was fought on September 11, 1777.  This important battle played a pivotal role in shaping our nation's future. Although the battle was lost, it helped improve military tactics that resulted in winning the War of Independence and saving America.

As the years went by, the Chadds Ford Days festival grew to include over 60 of the region's finest craftsmen and colonial demonstrators, Revolutionary War reenactors, an array of culinary fare from local restaurants, brewers and vintners, antique cars, children's activities, live music, special exhibits, historic tours of the John Chads House and so much more.

 

Admission is $10 for adults 18 and older; free for children under 17. CFHS members are free with membership card. Dogs are welcome too!

 

Sponsorship opportunities are available! Contact Nadia Barakat at nbarakat@chaddsfordhistory.org or at (610) 388-7376.

 

Visit our blog to learn more about the exciting line-up for this year's 50th anniversary celebration! 

The Great Pumpkin Carve

October 22, 23, 24, 2015

5 pm to 9 pm
Barn Visitors Center

 

Co-sponsored by the Chadds Ford Historical Society and the Concordville Chadds Ford Rotary, The Great Pumpkin Carve is a treasured Chadds Ford tradition that began in the early 1970's when Jimmy Lynch convinced the renowned artists Andrew and Jamie Wyeth to carve pumpkins for decorating the inside of the Chadds Ford Inn (now the Brandywine Prime Restaurant in Chadds Ford). 

 

This open air festival features more than 60 local artists who carve huge pumpkins. Pumpkins will be lit and displayed at the end of the carving on Thursday night and then again on Friday and Saturday. All three nights, guests will enjoy live music, a haunted trail, raffle prizes, festival food, hayrides and fun activities,

 

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

Kuerners, 1970 drybrush watercolor, Copyright Andrew Wyeth, Private Collection Evening At Kuerners, 1970 drybrush watercolor, Copyright Andrew Wyeth, Private Collection

"I Paint My Life" 

A special lecture by Victoria Browning Wyeth

November 21, 2015

6;00 to 7:30 pm: Exclusive Preview Party

7:30 to 8:30 pm: General Admission
Westtown School

975 Westtown Road, West Chester, PA

 

Victoria Browning Wyeth will give an intimate look into her grandfather Andrew Wyeth's paintings. The lecture will focus on works from his entire career. Special attention will be given to artistic technique models and the context surrounding the paintings. Ms. Wyeth will share family photos and special memories of her time spent with her grandfather. She will unveil a slide of a never before seen early painting by Andrew Wyeth. This image will appear during the lecture. During the VIP Party, guests will have the opportunity to meet Victoria Browning Wyeth one-on-one and to partake in a reception filled with local autumn favorites. 

 

Ticket Details:

 

VIP Ticket: $50 per person.

-Includes private preview reception with Victoria Wyeth from 6:00-7:30pm.  Autumn themed refreshments reminicent of Wyeth's iconic art will be served.

 

Lecture Only: $30 per person 

 

Purchase advance tickets online or in person at the Society's headquarters located at 1736 Creek Rd. in Chadds Ford.

Online through evenbrite: Please click the "Buy Tickets" button at the top of this page 

By Check: Please make payable to Chadds Ford Historical Society. Please return to Chadds Ford Historical Society; P.O. Box 27, Chadds Ford, PA 

 

For more details, please call the Society at 610-388-7376.

 

Please Note: The image of Evening At Kuerner's is copyright. No reproduction of this image is allowed without the prior authorization of the Andrew Wyeth Office. 

Special Exhibit

Chadds Ford Days, courtesy of Theodore Brinton Hetzel Photo courtesy of Theodore Brinton Hetzel

Special Exhibit: Come to the Faire!

Celebrating 50 years of Chadds Ford Days

May 28 - December 5, 2015
Barn Visitors Center

 

The Chadds Ford Historical Society is celebrating the Colonial Faire, Chadds Ford Days. Begun in 1958 as a way to raise awareness of the historical and cultural heritage of the area, the celebration has grown over the years from a one day to a two day event. Throughout the years, the event has remained true to preserving the area's colonial roots with revolutionary re-enactors, authentic colonial crafts and demonstrations as well as an art exhibit which exemplifies the unique cultural heritage of Chadds Ford begun by the Wyeths.

 

This new exhibit will showcase objects and photographs from the last five decades of history. It will mix one part history and one part nostalgia with some fun thrown in for good measure. The exhibit runs through December 5.

Historic House Tours

Tours of the John Chads House and the Barns-Brinton House
2015 Season: May 23 through September 5 (Labor Day Saturday)

Saturday tours at 11 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm

 

The John Chads House and the Barns-Brinton House are available for public guided tours every Saturday during the summer. They are also open year-round by appointment. Colonial tour guides offer visitors a glimpse of life in the 18th century at both locations. You can also enjoy bread baked in the original beehive oven at the John Chads House. If you have any questions or would like to make a reservation, please call the Society at 610-388-7376.