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. 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 Events:

Historic House Museums Now Open Saturdays, 11am - 4pm

Event Description

The historic John Chads House and Barns Brinton House open for tours on Saturdays beginning on May 28 and continue through September 3. Tours begin at the top of every hour between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Tickets are available at the Barn Visitors' Center. For more information, click here.


This Saturday we'll also be featuring living history demonstrations at both of our historic houses! At the John Chads House we'll be baking bread in our beehive bread oven and at the Barns Brinton House we'll be making chocolate. Demonstrations are included as part of the tour admission. Join us other Saturdays throughout the summer for more living history!

9/10 & 9/11 - Chadds Ford Days

Chadds Ford Days is a 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 homes, war reenactors, local music and much more. We will also have over 60 vendors from the area offering various items such as artisanal foods, craft beers, clothing, and handmade crafts. 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 September 10th-11th!  Admission: $10 for adults, children and CFHS members are FREE!


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9/15 - Tavern Talks: Creating the Perfect (Colonial) Selfie

Event Description

Held at the CFHS' Barns Brinton House (630 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford)

7-9 pm
$10/CFHS members and $15/non-members
*Must be 21 and older to participate*


You think selfies are all the rage today? 18th century portraiture has nothing on that! Come learn about the various ways people took “selfies”, from watching a live portrait painting take place to creating your own silhouette and even posing for your own Colonial "selfie". Guests will also learn about (male and female) fashions and hairstyles from the period and why makeup back then was often deadly!

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 $15 for non-members and $10 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.


9/24 - Paranormal Investigations with Delmarva Historic Haunts

Do you love history with a dash of mystery?  Come join us for some paranormal fun while we investigate four different locations at The Chadds Ford Historical Society!  Participants will learn about the tools that Delmarva Historic Haunts uses to explore paranormal activities and will participate in investigations first hand at our historic site. Investigations will be conducted on the field surrounding the Chadds Ford Historical Society, which lies on the trail of the Revolutionary War Battle of BrandywineJohn Chads HouseJohn Chads Springhouse, and the DHH mobile investigation lab.  There will be two times to attend: September 24, 2016 at 7:30pm and 10:30pm.  This Paranormal Investigation will be conducted by Delmarva Historic Haunts and hosted by the Chadds Ford Historical Society.  


Admission: $25 per person (ages 12+ through adults)



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