Programs for Schools and Youth Groups
Come experience the 18th century and have fun exploring it!
We offer school programs for groups of 10 to 60 students. On-site programs are available year-round (based on staff availability).
To schedule a tour or for more information, contact the office at 610-388-7376 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Pricing varies per program (based on group size, time on site and programs) but they typically run between $5-$14 per participant.
Tour Our Historic Houses:
Our historic home sampler programs feature our two main historic buildings: the John Chads House and the Barns-Brinton House. The John Chads House (at the site of the Visitor Center) was built for local entrepreneur and farmer John Chads, who created among many things a ferry-system to allow residents to cross the Brandywine River. When visiting the Chads' house, students will also have the chance to view our One-Room Schoolhouse/Springhouse structure. The Barns-Brinton House was originally created to be a tavern and a living space for William Barns and his family. It later became owned by a Quaker family, the Brintons, for nearly a century. At both sites, guides in Colonial garb will transport children back in time to experience life in the 18th century. Guided tours of the houses, focus on the domestic and private side of colonial life, use hands-on artifacts and demonstrations. Programs with a different focus are available upon request.
1-Home Sampler Tour
Explore your choice of our historic houses (The Barns-Brinton House tavern or the John Chads House & Springhouse) as well as participate in a hands-on activity or demonstration from our list of choices.
2-House Sampler Tour
Explore both of our historic houses (The Barns-Brinton House tavern and the John Chads House & Springhouse) and enjoy two activities or demonstrations from our list of choices. A great way to understand the history and heritage of Chadds Ford and Chester County.
Crafts and Activites:
These can be added to any house sampler tour or done on their own:
Archaeology/artifacts, calligraphy, candle-making, chocolate-making, clay marble-making, Colonial-era games, cross-stitch, 18th century dancing*, dress-up, fire starting*, hearth-cooking*, herbs and gardens**, papermaking, Revolutionary War soldiers*, schoolhouse scenario, silhouettes, tin-punching, weaving, and woodworking.
*Based on outside staffing availability
**Dependent on specific times of the year
Specific Educational Programs:
These programs are all created under Pennsylvania Educational Standards and can be combined with tours of our historic homes. Pricing will be determined based on group size, time at the site and programs selected. These can be combined with a house tour, used as an outreach program or done on their own at our site.
Historical Currency (runs around 50-60 minutes)
-Making Money (2nd and 3rd grade classes)
Students will learn through interactive activities and discussion the history of American money, how money was made, and the basics of economics.
-Show Me the Money! (4th and 5th grade classes)
Students will learn through interactive activities the history of American money, how bartering and trading worked and the basics of economics.
Tea (runs around 30-45 mins)
-ParTEA! (K-2nd grades)
Learn about manners, customs and tea.
-LiberTEA! (2nd-4th grades)
This program teaches about the events leading up to the American Revolutionary War. Kids will more specifically learn about: the British imposed taxes (mainly on tea), the Boston Tea Party, and enjoy their own “tea party”.
-EqualiTEA! (4th-5th grades)
This program teaches about the roles of women and the idea of equality during the Revolutionary War.
"Write On!" (Calligraphy) (runs around 30-40 mins)
-The Art of Handwriting (recommended 2nd-5th grades)
Students will learn through interactive activities and discussion how colonial people learned penmanship, why it was important to learn, and will practice writing with different kinds of pens.
Pennsylvania Quakers: Then & Now
-Recommended for grades 3rd-5th
Students will learn through interactive activities and discussion about the Quakers, a religious group that had a key role in the history of Pennsylvania, and how their lives impacted the state as we know it today. Both of our historic sites (the John Chads House and the Barns-Brinton House) were once owned by Quaker families.
-Includes storytime, Colonial games, coloring/craft activity (see above) OR open-hearth cooking.
* We have a limited number of scholarships available for visits to our site. To be eligible for scholarships, schools or groups must serve economically disadvantaged children. Application for financial assistance should be made as soon as possible after making your reservation. Funding is limited and will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis. Funding is not guaranteed.
Contact the office for more information: 610-388-7376 or Education@chaddsfordhistory.org.