Chadds Ford Days - September 14 & 15, 2019

2016 Chadds Ford Days Reenactors

Welcome to a colonial festival celebrating the history of Chadds Ford. This event has been a community tradition since 1958 and features Revolutionary Reenactors, encampments, colonial demonstrators, artisan booths and children's activities. Enjoy live Bluegrass music along with food, wine and craft beer vendors. Tours of our historic John Chads House and Springhouse are free and available throughout the day. Stop in the Visitor Center to view our 2019 exhibit "Thrills, Hills and Spills: Lenape Park and Chadds Peak". Join us and have an historically good time!

Hours:

September 14: 10am - 5pm

September 15: 10am - 5pm

 

Location:         

Barn Visitors Center

1736 Creek Road, Chadds Ford, PA 19317

 

Admission:

Admission is available at the gate on each day of the event: $10 for adults 18 and older; $5 for children 6 - 17; Free for children under 6 and CFHS members with membership card.

 

Dogs are welcome, but must be on a leash. Please clean up after your pet.

 

Volunteer:

Interested in volunteering? Click here to learn more and sign up.

 

Parking:

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.

 

Crafters and Artisans:

Crafters and artisans interested in setting up a booth at the event should click here to access information and application forms. We are still accepting applications until August 28 or when all spaces are filled!

 

General businesses cannot set up a booth unless they are a sponsor. Click to review sponsorship levels and benefits: Sponsorship Opportunities

Thanks to our Sponsors!

 

Battle of the Brandywine

 

Continental Army

 

Hearth Cooking

 

 

Hearth Cooking

 

 

 

Hearth Cooking

 

Musket Ball

Music

 

 

 

Rockdale Boys

Reenactors & Encampments

2nd Pennsylvania Regiment Schedule (same both days)

11:30 am  Infantry & Artillery (cannon fire)

  1:30 pm  Infantry & Artillery (cannon fire)

  2:30 pm  Artillery (cannon fire)

  3:30 pm  Infantry & Artillery (cannon fire)

Colonial Demonstrators

New Attraction: Historic Lectures

This year we will have a large tent on the field where you can enjoy a variety of lectures on local historical topics. Lectures will begin on the top of each hour and last about 20 minutes. See below for the schedule. 

 

"Knowledge is of two kinds. We know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information upon it."  Dr. Samuel Johnson  (1704-1784) 

Saturday September 14

11 am  Wesley Sessa: a visual presentation on the region’s colonial vernacular architecture

12 pm   Noah Lewis: Ned Hector, an African-American soldier with Proctor’s 3rd Pa. artillery regiment

  1 pm   Adrian Martinez: the artistic process in creating historical paintings of colonial figures

  2 pm   Chuck Feld: the history of horticulture in colonial America

  3 pm   Jim Christ: “Remember Paoli!,”  the story about the ninth bloodiest battle of the Rev War

  4 pm   Catherine Quillman: “Hannah Freeman” aka  “Indian Hannah” and her Chadds Ford roots. 

 

Sunday September 15

11 am   Phil Duffy: “The Battle of the Brandywine : A Tragedy of Errors” 

12 pm   Michael Harris: his latest research on the Philadelphia campaign of 1777

  1 pm   Adrian Martinez: the artistic process in creating historical paintings of colonial figures

  2 pm   Chuck Feld: the history of horticulture in colonial America

  3 pm   Jim Christ: “Remember Paoli!,”  the story about the ninth bloodiest battle of the Rev War

  4 pm   Noah Lewis: Ned Hector, an African-American soldier with Proctor’s 3rd Pa. artillery regiment

Historic John Chads House Tours and Beehive Oven Bread Baking

Craft and Artisan Booths

Classic Elegance, LLC

Sword and Plough

Inger Basketry

Holy City Art Glass

S-H Jewelry Design

Woodturning by Jim Brewley

Everything Leather and Fabric

River Road Candleworks

Sticky Bucket Maple

Strega Designs

Little Shop Next Door

Rough N' Rowdy Honey

Crystal Climbers

Deramics Clay Studio

Brandywine Bee Company

Emkay Bead Designs

Brooks Family Threads

Mare's Chalk Couture

Lingerlong Woodworking, LLC

John Bryer Woodworking

OWreath Design

Susan Kent Pottery

Sons of Liberty

Center Point Studio

Plainwork

Focal Point Handmade Jewelry

Vintage Silverplated Flatware

Kitch N Stuff

Greg Flegal, WoodWright

Petey Possum's Hangout

Ryan Vai Fine Art & Wreaths

Jersey Jerry Broomsquire

Sootwhiskers Shop

Handmade by Bee

Too Fat Cats Quilting

Old Dog Forge

Sidds Welding

Brandywine Bowls

 

Art and Photography Booths

Authors & Book Sales

Gene Pisasale

Bruce Mowday

Michael Harris

John Ebenareiter

Non-Profit Information Booths

The Christian Sanderson Museum

The Paoli Battlefield

Brandywine Battlefield

Birmingham Meetinghouse

Anselma Mill

Tyler Arboretum

Delaware State Parks

Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County

Chadds Ford Baptist Church

Children's Activities

Colonial Games & Dress-up

Scavenger Hunt

Musket Drills

Water Balloon Launch

Straw Maze

Candle Making

Crafts Table

Marble Making

Stockade & Colonial Cut-outs

Hayrides

Food & Beverage Vendors

The Meat House

Plum Pit

Fletcher's Kitchen

Bailey's Dairy Ice Cream

Funnel Cakes

Chadds Ford Winery

Artillery Brewing