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:

Small Business Saturday 

Saturday, November 25, 10am to 2pm

Museum Store at Barn Visitor Center


Still got some items to check off your holiday shopping list? Let us help you with providing a selection of unique, locally-made items in our museum store!   Whether you're looking for a special present, stocking stuffer, hostess gift or even a treat for yourself, the Society's Museum Store has something you'll love! Our specialty items include handmade soaps, books on local history, historically inspired treats like jams, chocolate, and beverages, vintage home décor, greeting cards by local artists...and much more!   


We're also offering a few great sales on the 25th:

  • From 10:00 am to 12 noon, the CFHS member discount is increased to 15% off on ALL merchandise!
  • From 12 noon to 1:00 pm, all specialty papers are 15% off including greeting cards, journals, prints, and scrapbooking/ephemera papers! (CFHS members get a total of 25% off!)
  • From 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm, all holiday merchandise is 10% off! (CFHS members get a total of 20% off!) 
While you're in Chadds Ford be sure to visit the other small businesses in the area - unique gift shops, museum shops, antique shops and restaurants. Make a whole day of it in Chadds Ford!  So make your holiday gifts ones to remember, and don't forget to shop smart and Shop Small on Saturday, November 25 at the Chadds Ford Historical Society's Museum Store!

Twilight Tidings at the Tavern

Saturday, December 2

4 to 5:30 PM and 6 to 7:30 PM

Barns-Brinton Tavern


$20/General Admission ($15 for CFHS Members)


Please note the two admission times!


We're introducing a new event for the holiday season, Twilight Tidings at the Tavern, on Saturday, December 2 at our Barns-Brinton House.
Celebrate the season with a historic look at the four major holidays of the 18th century winter season: Christmas, New Year's, Twelfth Night and Candlemas. Similar to our popular Tavern Talks format, Twilight Tidings at the Tavern will be a 90-minute open house where you can explore the 1714 tavern at your own pace, meet guides in authentic colonial clothing, learn about holiday celebrations of the 18th century, and enjoy samples of historic holiday foods and complimentary beverages like wassail, mulled wine and punch.
Winter in colonial America gave people a chance to relax and unwind following the harvest and butchering seasons. People often took time to travel and visit friends and relations during the winter months. Unlike the 21st century, the winter calendar of the 18th century was not dominated by the celebration of Christmas. New Year's and Twelfth Night were often more festive, and raucous, holiday celebrations that may last for days. Twilight Tidings at the Taverns is a unique historic experience in which you'll participate in the recreation of four distinct 18th century holiday celebrations.

Tickets are $20 ($15 for CFHS Members), and must be purchased in advance. Space is limited, and these tours will sell out!
Twilight Tidings at the Tavern is a 21-and-over event at the Barns-Brinton House, 630 Baltimore Pike (U.S. Route 1), Chadds Ford, PA 19317. There are two tour times available: 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm. Tickets can also be purchased in person at the Society's office, which is open Monday through Friday from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm, and is located at 1736 N. Creek Rd. in Chadds Ford.

Holiday Bread Baking



$6 per loaf


Order by 12/11/17

Pickup 12/18-12/21 at the Barn Visitor Center


Our breadbaker Lise thinks you "knead" to ease your holiday stress with some delicious beehive oven bread baked right here on site! Choose between four of our most popular loaves: french, herb, cinnamon dot and orange cranberry.  Bread is $6/loaf and must be ordered and paid for in advance (cash/check/credit card). 

Orders must be placed by Monday, December 11th. Bread will be available for pick-up during the week of December 18th (Monday-Thursday) 10 am to 3 pm.
Sign up on our online form below, in person or over the phone:

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 entire year to ensure your spot at our most popular topics!  


Individual tickets are 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.