Events and Programs - 2021

Past and Cancelled Events - 2020

2020 'Paint Out Chadds Ford' Plein Air Event

February 8th, 6pm to 8pm


The Chadds Ford Historical Society is hosting its 12th annual Plein Air art event from February 6th though 8th. During each day, Mid-Atlantic artists will brave the chilly weather and paint scenes around the Brandywine Valley. On Saturday, they will frame the 'still wet' paintings and hang them in the Visitor Center exhibit and meeting rooms. That evening from 6pm - 8pm, the Society will host a special Artist Reception where guests can meet the artists, discuss their creations and purchase the artwork. Light refreshments, wine and beer are being served. Artwork will be on display and available for purchase through March 14th, 2020.


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2020 Spring Lecture Series

Each Spring the Society host a series of lectures on historic and cultural topics. This year we have three speakers discussing the underrepresented history in our area.  Lectures are held in the Visitors Center meeting room. Coffee, tea and light desserts are served. Free for CFHS members!


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2020 Spring Lecture Schedule 

March 5th- Lora Englehart: Mary Ann Shadd Carey; Delaware’s Forgotten Daughter.


April 9th- Noah Lewis: Ned Hector Canceled due to COVID-19


May 7th- Adrian Martinez: Where Two Worlds Meet, Quakers and Indians in Pennsylvania 1700-1720 Canceled due to COVID-19

Yard Sale - Due to COVID - 19 we are postponing the yard sale date

8:00am - 1:00pm


Are you looking for a way to support Chadds Ford Historical Society while shopping for great deals? This is the event for you! Come out on May 2nd and shop for some hidden treasures at our yard sale. All the money that you spend will go to support the society. Click here for more information


If you would like to donate to the yard sale we have several dates where you can drop off stuff. We will sell it with 100% of the proceeds going to the historical society. 

Chadds Ford Days - Canceled Due to COVID-19

September 19 & 20

Welcome to a colonial festival celebrating the history of Chadds Ford. This event has been a community tradition since 1958 and features historic house tours, Revolutionary Reenactors, colonial demonstrators, craft vendors, artists and children's activities. Enjoy live Bluegrass music throughout the day. Food, wine and beer available for purchase. Click to learn more.

Kennett Occupation Day

September 10th


The Chadds Ford Historical Society and the Kennett Heritage Center present the re-enactment of the Occupation of Kennett Square by the British Army on it's 243rd anniversary.


Join us as we recreate the Occupation of Kennett Square in the streets of the town and in the local Taverns as General Howe and Cornwallis deliver the detailed battle plans for the next day. Hear first hand accounts of local towns people who describe the events they witnessed and the hardships endured. This is a day to remember, learn, reflect and have fun celebrating the history and resilience of Kennett Square and our Continental ancestors. Learn more HERE

The Great Pumpkin Carve


After much feedback from the community, staff and Board, it has been decided to change the decision of a "Drive Thru" to a "Virtual Pumpkin Carve".  This will now allow for anyone to participate in this wonderful event.  Those that are local or distant, that may have been nervous to carve in front of a crowd, or would like to work in the comfort of their home, can all participate in groups of any size. Click Here to learn more

Candlelight Christmas:

Canceled Due to COVID-19

December 3

"Virtual" Gingerbread House Contest

November 26th - December 27th


In continuing the fun with "at home" activities, we decided to have an online Gingerbread House Making Contest.  Everyone can participate, it's free to enter, and an activity that can be done in the safety of your own home.


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Christmas at the Barns-Brinton House Webinar

December 17th at 5pm


On Thursday, December 17, 2020, at 5:00pm, we will be webinar broadcasting live from the 1714 Barn-Brinton House


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