Battle at Chadds Ford ~ Historic Chadds Ford Days
Saturday, September 10th and Sunday, September 11th, 2022
10:00am - 5:00pm
The CFHS is excited to announce that we will be hosting a battle reenactment on September 10th and 11th. Join us for a historical journey back to September 11th 1777 when the British army engaged Washington's troops at Chads' Ford. Two timed skirmishes and a firing demo will take place each day. Additionally, reenactors, camp followers, demonstrators and other historians will be on site for all to engage with. Live music, food, and beverages will be available.
Mark your calendars for this wonderful event!
AUTHORS and ARTISANS who would like to attend the event, please click here
REENACTORS and DEMONSTRATORS interested in taking part at the event, please click here
September 10th & 11th: 10am - 5pm
The Chadds Ford Historical Society
Barn Visitors Center
1736 Creek Road, Chadds Ford, PA 19317
Admission is available at the gate on the day of the event (no pre-sale tickets are available):
$10 for adults 18 and older
$5 for children 7 - 17
FREE for ages 6 years & under and CFHS members (please show your membership card)
Note: we will NOT have an ATM at the event. We will be accepting Cash & Credit Cards at Admissions and our Bread Sales booth, as will the food & drink vendors.
Dogs are welcome and must be on a leash - Please clean up after your pet. Please note: noise levels will be high during the skirmishes at 11:30 a.m. and 3:30p.m., also during the firing demo at 1:30 p.m., so be aware when you bring your furry family member.
Interested in volunteering? Stay tuned for a sign up link...
Parking is located in a field adjacent to the festival on N. Creek Road. Police and attendants will be onsite to guide you. Please park only in lots designated for event parking. Please DO NOT PARK along Route 1 (Baltimore Pike), Creek Road (Route 100), in nearby business parking lots or neighborhoods.
As of this writing, the organizers of this event will follow current CDC guidelines.
*Please Note: 2021 information listed below is for informational purposes only.
The 2022 Event will be updated as it becomes available.
Monday, August 9, 2021
PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Join Us! SEPTEMBER 11, 2021, BATTLE AT CHADDS FORD
A colonial festival and reenactment celebrating the Sept. 11th, 1777, anniversary of the
Battle of Brandywine hosted by the Chadds Ford Historical Society.
This one-day festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021, on the
grounds of the Historical Society at 1736 N. Creek Road, Chadds Ford, PA 19317.
For the first time in its long history, the Chadds Ford Historical Society will host a colonial-centric day and battle reenactment complete with a battlefield encampment, military drills, and mock skirmishes. Get a glimpse of what it was like to experience the largest single-day battle of the
American Revolution, the Battle of Brandywine. On Sept. 11th, 1777, an estimated 30,000 American
and soldiers with the Royal Army reconvened in Chads! Ford, then a crossing along the Brandywine
While the society's Chadds Ford Days (a community tradition since 1958) is on a hiatus
due to Covid restrictions earlier this year, the Battle at Chadds Ford will give visitors a unique opportunity to enjoy a family- friendly event. This event is designed to be part colonial festival and part "living history” since it will feature not only authentic 18th-century reenactors, but colonial craft
demonstrators, and military encampment activities bringing one back to the year 1777.
Enjoy traditional festival food such as funnel cake and barbecued turkey legs from local
food vendors, such as Fletcher's Kitchen, as well as wine and beer from the Chadds Ford Winery,
Stolen Sun Brewing and Roasting, and Deer Creek Malt, all while listening to live music from
Rockdale Boys and others in the outdoor seating area.
Explore the grounds and see such tasks as beer making, candle making, tape weaving,
chair caning, portrait painting, woodcarving, printing, blacksmithing, and cooking over an open fire.
Enjoy the sounds of an 18th century dulcimer, join in with colonial dancers, converse with peddlers,
sutlers and reenactors such as "Ned Hector,” one of a handful of Black soldiers who fought Washington's Army at Chadds Ford. Local non-profits will be present, and authors will be on hand to sign their latest books.
There will also be plenty of children's activities including colonial "dress-up”, candle and
marble-making. As a special treat, reenactors from the Brandywine Battlefield Park Associates will
guide children in two interactive "field” drills using mock muskets and water-balloon cannons.
Additional reenactors will play the part of camp followers so visitors will have a chance
to learn what life was like "on the road,” trailing behind Gen. Washington's army and setting up
camp to assist in the daily needs of the troops.
Reenactors from the 1st Delaware and 2nd Pennsylvania regiments of the Continental
Army as well as the 43rd Regiment of Foot, or armed minutemen (militia) in the King's Army will take part in skirmishes and firing demonstrations. Experience the sights and sounds of a booming
cannon and musket fire: skirmishes take place at 11:30 a.m. and at 3:30 p.m. in the open fields behind the historical society's headquarters.
The firing demo will take place at a 1:30 p.m. utilizing muskets and cannon; observe
reenactors load, prime, and fire these weapons. Learn about the drilling, training and military techniques used at that time and speak with the reenactors following their drills.
At 4:30pm, during the days events, the Battlefield Park Associates will present a memorial to commemorate the Battle of Brandywine from September 11, 1777. Join representatives from the Chadds Ford Historical Society, Brandywine Battlefield Park Associates, Brandywine Conservancy, and the North American Land Trust as we celebrate
"Unity and Preservation"
within the battlefield community and commemorate the anniversary
of the largest land battle of the American Revolution!
LECTURE SERIES (each lecture will run roughly 20 minutes)
There will be a series of lectures by noted historians throughout the day. The lecturers include the following:
Bruce Mowday, author of numerous regional books, will speak about his new book on the Marquis de Lafayette, the 19-year-old "hero” of the Battle of Brandywine.
Renowned artist and historian Adrian Martinez, who will give an illustrated lecture titled, "The
Artist Eye - A short history of paintings depicting the Battle of the Brandywine.”
entitled "The Aftermath of the Battle - Wanton Waste.”
Experienced lecturer and author Barksdale Maynard will present an illustrated lecture on his new
book (his eighth) "Artists of Wyeth Country.” Available for sale at the event, this first-ever guidebook includes in-depth tours for walking or driving that allow the reader to see the places that inspired the artists Howard Pyle, N. C. and Andrew Wyeth.
Jim Christ, board president of the Paoli Battlefield Preservation Fund, Inc, who will speak on the
infamous 1777 battle known as the "Paoli Massacre.”
Author Catherine Quillman will give an illustrated program titled "The Untold Story of the Battle
of Brandywine, and Other Anecdotes related to Sept. 11, 1777."
You won't want to miss this unique celebration of the Battle of Chadds Ford!
Join us and have a historically good time.
Come celebrate "Occupation Kennett, ” a reenactment that will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 10th, 2021 in the heart of Kennett Square. "Redcoat” reenactors will take over the hamlet as they did on Sept. 10th, 1777. The free event is co-hosted by the Kennett Heritage Center.