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:
American Girl™ Summer Camp
2 sessions available
Space is limited!
9am to 3pm
Chadds Ford Historical Society's Barn Visitor Center
1736 N. Creek Road, Chadds Ford, PA 19317
Learn about history through the eyes of Kaya, Felicity, Josefina and Addy! Experience how they would have lived through crafts, foods, and activities from the early American time period. Camp activities could include dress-up, candle making, quill pen writing, Colonial games, sewing, weaving, woodworking, open hearth cooking and more!
CFHS Historic Houses Open
Saturdays in Summer
Join us for historic house tours and living history demonstrations on Saturdays this Summer! Our historic properties, the John Chads House and Barns-Brinton House are open on Saturdays between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Houses open Saturdays from 11am-3pm (with tours ending by 4pm). Tickets can be purchased at the Barn Visitor Center or at each of the houses.
Schedule for Saturday, June, 24
Barn Visitor Center
John Chads House
Bread Baking (11am - 4pm, bread available around 3pm)
Escape Brandywine escape room - reservations required (10am, 12pm, 2pm and 4pm)
Hearth Cooking and Tours (11am - 4pm, last tour begins at 3pm)
A historically immersive escape room experience
Every Saturday this Summer through Sept. 2
TICKETS ON SALE NOW!
Tickets must be purchased in advance online, as space is limited.
Escape Brandywine is a 60 minute 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!
Exhibit: Wanton Waste: Chadds Ford & the Battle of Brandywine
Now open at the Barn Visitor Center
What would you do if you woke up to a battle in your backyard? Learn how villagers in Chadds Ford reacted when fighting erupted on the morning of September 11, 1777.
This self-guided exhibit is open at the Barn Visitors Center during regular operating hours. Admission to the exhibit is free. The exhibit runs April 2017 through February 2018.
Join the Candlelight Christmas Planning Committee!
It's almost July, but we're already thinking about Christmas! Do you love the festive holiday season? Are you a historic house fan? 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.
Hanks for the Memories
A Farewell Thank You for Peter and Voula Skiadas
Thank you to all that joined us Friday, June 16, 2017 at the
Chadds Ford Historical Society's Barn Visitor Center for "Hanks for the Memories". We wish Peter & Voula all the best in their future!
Presented by Chadds Ford Historical Society and
Food generously provided by Brandywine Prime
Wine generously provided by Chadds Ford Winery
Sangria generously provided by The Gables at Chadds Ford