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!


Please view our Volunteer Opportunities at upcoming events and educational programs.


This Weekend at the

Chadds Ford Historical Society

Saturday, August 18


Barns-Brinton House 

Historic House Tours

11 am - 4 pm

$6 for Adults, $3 for children (12 & under)

CFHS Members and children under age 5 are free


John Chads House 

Escape Brandywine

Historic Escape Room Program

11am, 1pm & 3pm

$28/person - Advance tickets required


Bread Baking Demonstrations

11 am to 4 pm, Chads House Basement



Barn Visitor Center

Ticketing, Visitor Center & Gift Shop 

11 am - 4 pm


Exhibit: The Ford Seasons: Summer

photographic exhibit that changes with the seasons!  


Philadelphia Water Color Society

Plein Air Art Show & Sale through 8/31

View a selection from 25 plein air artists, who painted on the four Brandywine River Museum of Art properties – the Kuerner Farm, the Andrew Wyeth Studio, the NC Wyeth Studio and the Brandywine River Museum of Art on June 1-3, 2018.   Come view their work on display or purchase one for your collection from this exhibit!

The Cannon Ball

50th Anniversary Celebration

Friday, August 24, 2018

7pm to 11pm

The Gables at Chadds Ford

423 Baltimore Pike

Chadds Ford, PA  19317

Cocktail Attire




$85 for CFHS & CFBA Members & $95 for      Non-members


A night of delicious food, entertainment and celebration to mark the Chadds Ford Historical Society's 50th Anniversary!


Sponsored by The Phyllis Recca Foundation, Bryn Mawr Trust Company, Pennock Insurance, Inc., Dr. Richard McCurdy Sr & Dr. Richard McCurdy Jr., Levante Brewing Company, & Chaddsford Winery


Chef Stations  |  Libations  |  Silent Auction  |  Music & Dancing |  Sponsorships available

Travel with the CFHS!

Discover Switzerland, Austria & Bavaria

September 26 - October 5, 2019
10 Days | 12 Meals


Save money and support the Chadds Ford Historical Society by booking a trip through Collette. Travel to Bern, Chateau de Chillon, Montreaux, Lucerne, Innsbruck, Salzburg, Bavaria, Oberammergau and the Austrian Alps! Eat at St. Peter's Restaurant, ride the GoldenPass Panoramic Train, and wander through the Mirabell Gardens. You won't want to miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime experience!


Click here for more information about booking your trip!


Philadelphia Water Color Society Art Sale


Art Sale: Extended Through August, Wednesday to Saturday from 11 am to 4 pm

Chadds Ford Historical Society

1736 Creek Road, Chadds Ford, PA  19317


Continuing the rich tradition of working outdoors in the Brandywine Valley landscape, a selection of artists juried by the Philadelphia Water Color Society will spend three days painting en plein air at the Brandywine River Museum of Art and its historic properties. Visitors are invited to watch and meet artists at work during their museum visit and on select tours of the N. C. Wyeth House & Studio and the Andrew Wyeth Studio. In case of inclement weather, artists will set up in protected areas (such as porches) for viewing.  


For more information about the event, please visit Philadelphia Water Color Society's event page.


Work created during the event will be available for purchase at the Chadds Ford Historical Society, beginning with a reception on Friday, June 8, from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. and continuing through August.  A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Brandywine River Museum of Art and Chadds Ford Historical Society. 

Click here for more information about the On Location: Artists at Brandywine

Escape Brandywine

Escape Room Program

Saturdays through Labor Day

11am, 1pm and 3pm




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


Our popular Escape Brandywine escape room program returns this Spring!  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!  


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.  

2018 Exhibit: The "Ford Seasons"

Open Wednesday to Friday 10am to 4pm

Barn Visitor Center

View our exhibit that changes with the seasons! The "Ford" Seasons is a new exhibit that features seasonal photographs from the Chadds Ford Historical Society and other private collections. Every few months the photographs will be replaced to reflect new images from that time of year. Join us for a special reception at each season change! 
Next Exhibit Opening, "Summer": June 20