School Programs:

Join us at the Chadds Ford Historical Society for an 18th century day of exploration and fun! We offer several curriculum-based school field trip programs for K-6th grade students.

Living History House Tours, Craft Making, and Primary Source Activities


ArtiFACTUALLY: You Are the Historians & Archaeologists 

(K-6th grades; 60-90 minutes for one house, 120-180 minutes for two houses)

What is that?! Learning through objects is one of the best ways to engage our young scholars who visit the John Chads & Springhouse (1724) and the Barns-Brinton House (1714). Students will become archaeologists and historians utilizing their intuition and skill in discovery of objects, primary source documents and maps to reconstruct the who, what, when, where, and how of life in Pennsylvania throughout the Colonial Period. Students will see a wealthy man (Chads) vs. an indebted man (Barns), which may not be apparent by the homes that they built. Students will develop concepts of wants and needs, learn about resources and scarcity, and the production of goods and services during the Colonial era, for an individual, family, and the community in the small country town of Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. (Activities and crafts are hands-on and tailored to grade level.) 

SAS: Civics 5.1; Economics 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.5; Geography 7.1, 7.2; History 8.1, 8.2


Everyday Colonial Life: John Chads House & Springhouse Tour 

(K-6 grades; 60-90 minutes) 

Tour the home and springhouse (1724) that started the legacy of John Chads, the namesake of our town of Chadds Ford, PA. Focusing on the Colonial architecture of the house, and its 18th century Springhouse built over a natural spring, students will see where the family tried to keep food fresh cold storage was kept for crocks with preserves, milk, butter, meats, and other perishable foods. In the house students will learn about the man who owned the ferry that forded the Brandywine River and his wife Elizabeth with whom he lived in this home until his death in 1760, students will have the opportunity to decipher entries from his last will, and learn about the necessities and luxuries he left to his wife Elizabeth who survived the American Revolution and the building of the United States of America. 

SAS: Civics 5.1; Economics 6.1, 6.5; Geography 7.1, 7.3; History 8.1, 8.2

The Chore of Toil and Travel in Colonial America: Barns-Brinton House & Tavern Tour

(K-6th grade; 60-90 minutes) 

Tour the home (1714) and tavern business of William Barns. Focusing on the Colonial architecture, the daily chores that would have been performed by the adults and five children in the family: gardening, cooking, cleaning, fiber making, weaving, and Barns’ artisanal trade as a blacksmith. Students will learn about Colonial dress and home life of both children and adults. They will also learn about travel and lodging in Early America.

SAS: Civics 5.1; Economics 6.1, 6.5; Geography 7.1, 7.3; History 8.1, 8.2


American Revolution Era Programming 

EqualiTEA: Women in the Age of the Revolution! 

(4th-6th grades; 90 minutes)

Students will visit the home of Elizabeth Chads, who was present for the Battle of the Brandywine during the American Revolution, where they will compare and contrast a traditional 18th century home with their home today, as they learn about the history of a women’s movement, and exceptional patriotic female spies, midwives, first ladies, and even female soldiers; the struggle for Equality, Justice, and Liberty started hundreds of years ago; now that’s the TEA!

SAS: Civics 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4; Economics 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.4; Geography 7.2; History 8.1, 8.2, 8.3, 8.4 


PatRIOTS: Riots, Boycotts, & Designing a New Government! 

(4th-6th grades; 90 minutes) 

Students will visit the Barns-Brinton House/ Tavern, a family home and a place for food, drink, and even lodging for travelers. Students will learn about the unrest that existed in the colony of Pennsylvania in the 1700s, taxation without representation, the Boston Tea Party, and battles that led to the American Revolution. Taverns were the traditional place for local political meetings and discussions of this new Democracy, which can be seen through both conflicts and compromises of civilians and soldiers during the revolution.

SAS: Civics 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4; Economics 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.4; Geography 7.2; History 8.1, 8.2, 8.3, 8.4


Schoolhouse Programming

Get Schooled in Pennsylvania

(K-3rd grades; 45-60 minutes)

Students will visit a one-room school house where they will learn about the symbols of Pennsylvania, the importance of rules and fairness, and the art of recitation and copy as children of the 1800s would have at Birmingham School No. 1. Students will dress for a school day, write on a slate board, and participate in child’s play and chores. Children will compare and contrast life then to life now as students, teachers, parents, and children. 

SAS: Civics 5.2; Geography 7.1; History 8.1, 8.2, 8.3


Escape the Schoolhouse: historically schoolhouse themed escape room

(2nd-5th grades; 45 minutes) 
Our teacher has had enough of the daily pranks from these pupils! It is high time that the students learn their lesson! Students will not be permitted to have recess or go home for lunch unless they find the key to the schoolhouse door, and we are not giving too many hints or clues. Students will solve a series of math problems, puzzles, and riddles to escape the schoolhouse! 

SAS: Geography 7.1; Mathematics CC2.; Approaches to Learning through Play AL.1, AL.3, AL.4; History 

School Program Pricing for 2018-2019
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