Events and Programs - 2019

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Escape Brandywine

Jan 5, Feb 2, Mar 2, Apr 6, May 4
10am, 12pm and 2pm
This unique escape room experience occurs inside an authentic historical house with a Revolutionary War mission! Escape Brandywine places participants into roles of spies on the eve of the Battle of Brandywine.  Using real 18th century spy techniques, codes and cyphers, players have 60 minutes to solve puzzles, locate battle plans, and escape to deliver the plans to General George Washington. Click here to learn more.

11th Annual Paint Out Chadds Ford: Plein Air Reception

Feb 9
6pm - 8pm


On February 7, 8 and 9, Plein Air artists will be painting along the Brandywine countryside. Join us for a wine and cheese reception with the artists on Saturday February 9 from 6pm - 8pm.  Admission is $10 per person and can be purchased online or at the door. Paintings will be available for sale during the reception and through March 1st. Click here to learn more.

Tavern Nights

Feb 15, Mar 22, Oct 4, Nov 1
7pm - 9pm

Join us for a Friday evening gathering (not a lecture!) exclusively for adults 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 Nights takes place at the Chadds Ford Historical Society’s Barns-Brinton House, an historic 1714 tavern. Click here to learn more.

Spring Lecture Series

Mar 7, Apr 11, May 9

Each Spring the Society host a series of lectures on historic and cultural topics. This year we have three speakers discussing Indian Hannah; Lost Lenape Park: the Once Bustling Recreation Destination; and Seized in September: Delaware's Role in the Philadelphia Campaign. Click here to learn more.

2019 Exhibit: Thrills, Hills and Spills

Apr 5 - Dec 31

Our 2019 Exhibit uses a blend of artifacts and photos to tell the story of two popular attractions which closed in the 1980s: Lenape Park and Chadds Peak. There will be an Opening Reception on April 5th from 6pm - 8pm. The reception and exhibit are free to the public. Click here to learn more.

Valley Jamboree

May 18 & 19

Our Spring event is a great way to welcome in the warmer weather. Enjoy a live bands throughout each day. Kids will love the wide range of activities including a giant 60' house bounce, petting zoo, crafts tent, lawn games and scavenger hunt. Food, wine and beer will be served by a number of different vendors. Grab a hamburger, kick back and relax to the 'sounds of music'!Click here to learn more.

Chadds Ford Days

September 14 & 15

Welcome to a colonial festival celebrating the history of Chadds Ford. This event has been a community tradition since 1958 and features colonial demonstrators, craft vendors, artists, barn market vendors and Revolutionary Reenactors. Enjoy live music throughout the day, food vendors and an outdoor tavern serving wine and beer. The Kids Korner features fun activities for children including house bounces, crafts and games. Click to learn more.

The Great Pumpkin Carve

October 17, 18 & 19

An annual Chadds Ford tradition, the three day event highlights over 70 giant pumpkins carved into spooktacular creations. Guests can view the carvers at work Thursday and the finished products Friday and Saturday. In addition to the pumpkin patch, there is a giant 'kid friendly' Haunted Trail, hayrides and live music. Food and Fall treats are offered by area eateries along with local craft beer and wine. Click to learn more.