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!

Now Hiring!

Program Specialists, Part-Time


Do you love history and enjoy sharing you passion for it with others? If so, we are looking for history enthusiasts like you to educate the public about the history of Chadds Ford. Through tours, special programs, school trips, summer camps and other uses of our facilities you can help bring history to life for children and adults alike. 
Training will begin soon for part-time Program Specialists so apply now to become part of the history education team at Chadds Ford HIstorical Society. 


Click here for a complete job posting, position description and instructions to apply. 

Paint Out Chadds Ford

A Plein Air Event

Sat., February 3, 2018

Reception & Wet Paint Sale 6-8pm

CFHS Barn Visitor Center


The Chadds Ford Historical Society is hosting its 10th annual Plein Air art event, Paint Out Chadds Ford from February 1 to 3, 2018. Artists from the Mid-Atlantic region will be painting outside around the Chadds Ford area as well as at the Barns Brinton House, John Chads House and along Brandywine Creek.


The Society will host a special art exhibition at the CFHS Barn Visitors Center that will be open on Saturday evening, February 3. From 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. there will be an Artist Reception and Wet Paint Sale, where guests can view and purchase artwork made during the event. Tickets are $15 per person ($30 for Chadds Ford Historical Society members) and includes light refreshments. Guests can view and purchase displays of the work just completed by the artists for the plein air event as well as other plein air paintings of the Brandywine Valley.  Tickets are available using the link below or at the door.


Please help support local artists by joining us for this fun event that steps back into time when early American illustrators and painters such as Howard Pyle, Bayard Berndt, and N.C. Wyeth were inspired by the beauty of our region and painted outdoors.


Breakfast at Hank's Place

Sunday, February 11

7am to 3pm


Hank's Place

1625 Creek Road

Chadds Ford, PA  19317


Join us for Breakfast at Hank's!   This annual event raises funds for Chadds Ford Historical Society. Enjoy a delicious home-cooked meal while helping preserve local history!  A portion of the day's proceeds will benefit the Chadds Ford Historical Society. A huge thank you to our neighbor, Hank's Place, for their generosity!

Tavern Talks set to return in 2018

at the Barns-Brinton Tavern



$20/General Admission

$15 for CFHS Members


New for 2018 - Purchase a subscription to Tavern Talks for the year to ensure your spot every month, including our most popular topics!  


Individual tickets are also on sale now:
February 15, 2018 - Chocolate & Courtship
March 15, 2018 - Mind Your Pints & Quarts
April 12, 2018 - Law & Order
May 17, 2018 - To Market, To Market
June 21, 2018 - Enlightened!
September 13, 2018 - Liberty or Death
October 11, 2018 - Fermented & Tormented
November 8, 2018 - Sugar & Spice
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.