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:

Battle of Brandywine:
Twitter Reenactment!

We've all heard of battle reenactments but what about a Twitter reenactment? 
On Monday, September 11th from 6 am until 7:30 pm, join the Chadds Ford Historical Society and the Brandywine Battlefield Historic Site as they do a Twitter reenactment of the Battle of Brandywine in real time!
How does this work you ask? Easy! Just follow along on Twitter* with the hashtag #BoB1777 to see all the tweets from our cast of soldiers, generals and civilians on both sides of the war. Each of these "characters", based on real life people, will have their own Twitter page or "handle."
Get a sneak preview of the action as we "set the tone" for the battle on Sunday, September 10th from 6:30 - 7:30 pm
*You don't have to have a Twitter account to participate. Simple go to www.Twitter.com and search for the hashtag #BoB1777.*

Tavern Talks: Well Preserved

Thursday, September 14, 7-9pm


How did Colonists prepare for the hard, winter months? During September’s Tavern Talks we'll be exploring the various ways Colonists planned for the winter, such as preserving foods, sewing and spinning, candle-making and more! Guest demonstrators for the evening include herb drying and preservation with Terra Luna Herbals, preparing cheese with Amazing Acres Goat Dairy, spinning wool with Greenbank Mills & Philips Farm, beekeeping with Brandywine Bee Company, and learning about the power of vinegar with Keepwell Vinegar.


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 $20 for non-members and $15 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.

Philadelphia Watercolor Society

On Location: Artists at Brandywine, Plein Air Art Show & Sale


Art Show & Sale

August 25 - September 22, 2017

Chadds Ford Historical Society Visitor Center
Wednesday to Saturday from 10 - 4 pm

For more information visit the Philadelphia Watercolor Society website.


Paranormal Events This Fall


This fall, we are hosting two paranormal themed events at our site to get you into the "spirit", both Paranormal 101 introductory classes and Paranormal Investigations!


At our Paranormal 101 class, participants will learn about the tools, techniques and process that Delmarva Historic Haunts uses to explore ghostly paranormal activities.  This Paranormal 101 Class will be conducted by Delmarva Historic Haunts and hosted by the Chadds Ford Historical Society.  This class will prepare you to participate in our Paranormal Investigations!


Tickets - $10 per person

September 21 & October 5 at 6pm and 7:30pm

Paranormal 101 Classes - PURCHASE TICKETS


Do you love history with a dash of mystery?  Come join us for some paranormal fun while we investigate 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.


Tickets - $25 per person

September 23 & October 14 at 7:30pm and 10:30pm

Paranormal Investigations - PURCHASE TICKETS

The Great Pumpkin Carve 

October 19 - 21, 2017


For detailed event information, visit www.greatpumpkincarve.com


Come join us for seasonal fun at the Great Pumpkin Carve on October 19-21, 2017. The Great Pumpkin Carve is the perfect way to get in the fall spirit and look at wonderful pieces of hand-crafted art.

This open air festival features more than 60 local artists who carve huge pumpkins. These talented carvers sculpt pumpkins that sometimes weigh up to 400 pounds! Pumpkins will be lit and displayed at the end of the carving on Thursday night and then again on Friday and Saturday.


Event sponsorships still available! View our Sponsorship Information


Want to help behind the scenes?  Consider volunteering!  Click here to sign up

Save the Date!

Candlelight Christmas 

December 2, 2017, 1pm to 5pm


For detailed event information, visit 



It's still summer, but we're already thinking about Christmas!   Do you love the festive holiday season? Are you a historic house fan? Save the date for our annual holiday historic house tour!


COMMITTEE MEMBERS NEEDED!  Consider joining our Candlelight Christmas planning committee!  We're now forming a committee to organize and manage the 2017 Candlelight Christmas house tour, a Chadds Ford holiday tradition! This tour selects several homes and historic sites throughout the area to highlight on a one-day special holiday tour.   Possible roles are event chairs, site/house chairs and other various event planning roles.


If you're interested in being on the planning committee, please Sign Up Here or call us at 610-388-7376. 


Event sponsorships now available! View our Sponsorship Information


Want to help behind the scenes?  Consider volunteering!  Click here to sign up