Escape Brandywine - Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need a reservation?
Yes, an advance reservation is necessary, but you can book online easily by clicking the Purchase Tickets Link and then "Select a Date" button. We do not take walk-ins. All escape room events must be scheduled online in advance. If you don't see an event time that suits you, you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Society Office at 610-388-7376 to schedule a private booking time. Private room booking rates will apply. For more information on our events and programs, please visit www.ChaddsFordHistory.org.
Are there age limitations to participate?
You can purchase tickets for anyone, however, the recommended age for participating is 16 and older. There is not inappropriate material, however participants should be mindful and respectful of the historic nature of the site and the nature of the puzzles involved. We do not recommend bringing children under the age of 8 years. All individuals in the Chads House MUST have tickets, including children. The Society does not have a daycare onsite, so please do not leave children in the Visitor Center unattended.
What will we do in Escape Brandywine?
Escape Brandywine places visitors into roles of spies inside the Chads House on the eve of the Battle of Brandywine, and challenges them to find General Howe's battle plans that have been hidden inside the Chads House for safe keeping. Using real Revolutionary War spy techniques, codes, puzzles and cyphers, players will have 60 minutes to locate the plans and escape the house to deliver the plans to George Washington - The fate of the Revolution is in your hands!
You'll be "locked" inside the Chads House with your wit, teamwork and knowledge (and maybe even some escape room experience) to help you. Please be mindful, this is a historic house - there is no need to force anything or break anything, but you do need to be curious and explore. There will be a CFHS team member in the room with you in case of emergency or to give you a clue or two, if needed. For safety reasons one door of the Chads House will remain unlocked. Leaving through that door is for emergencies only. To win the game you must find the key to unlock the front door of the House. If you use the emergency exit, you will not be allowed back in to complete the game.
When should I arrive?
Please plan to arrive 10-15 minutes (but no more) ahead of your start time. This is essential - You must arrive on time to participate. Once the entire group arrives, you will receive a quick briefing on the game at the start your reservation time. Restrooms are available before and after your escape room experience at the Barn Visitor Center.
How long should I allow for the Escape Brandywine program?
Plan to spend a total of 90 minutes at the Chadds Ford Historical Society. This includes a 15-minute introduction. You'll have up to 60 minutes to attempt to escape from the room and after your escape (or lack thereof), leave some time afterwards for FUN photo ops and shopping in our museum store.Restrooms are available before and after your escape room experience at the Barn Visitor Center.
What happens if I am late?
These are live-action events. You must arrive on time in order to participate and we cannot wait for latecomers. The introduction begins at the start time you signed up for. The introduction and walking time to the Chads House takes about 15 minutes. If you arrive after the group has entered the House and started playing you will not be permitted to participate. Leave ample time to allow for traffic and parking.
There are no refunds or exchanges for participants who arrive past their booking time.
Is there parking on-site? Where do we go?
Parking is available at the Barn Visitor Center, 1736 N. Creek Road, Chadds Ford, PA 19317. Check-in and orientation begins inside the Barn Visitor Center. Once you've been prepped on the rules and your mission, you will proceed with an escape room representative to the Chad House, where your escape room adventure begins!
Will I know everyone in my group?
Escape Brandywine is set for up to 8 participants. If you purchase less than 8 tickets, you MAY be paired with other visitors. However, don't be discouraged by this! Some puzzles may need an extra set of eyes or different thought process to solve these puzzles. Remember to work together and share any clues you find!
Interested in hosting a private escape room for ONLY your group? You can either purchase all 8 of the slots for an event time - allowing you to ensure your members are the ONLY participants for that time (only if available - remaining available tickets is shown on each time slot's ordering page). Alternatively, if these times don't work for you, we can arrange a private escape room for your team or group (additional fee may apply). We can create packages for corporations, businesses and private parties, combining the use of our Meeting Room space and the interactive, team-building escape room experience! For special pricing for corporate outings, team building, private parties and special events, please email email@example.com or call 610-388-7376 to check availability.
Is Escape Brandywine scary?
No. Nothing is designed to scare you in the experience. The game takes place in two adjacent rooms so there is ample room for all players.
What can I bring (or NOT bring) into the escape room?
Players are not permitted to use outside tools or technology to assist with solving the puzzles. This means no cell phone use, outside tools or flashlights. Remember, this takes experience place in 1777 – these things did not exist! Use of these tools constitutes forfeiture of the game for your entire group and the game will cease immediately.
Come as you are - no baggage needed! We ask that you refrain from bringing large bags or backpacks to the event. There will be an area for you to stash your small personal belongings (purses, phones, etc.) at the John Chad House, however, please only bring essentials. Also, please NO food or drink.
You only need to
bring your best wits and puzzle-solving ability. All items needed for solving the puzzles will be included in the room. Wear anything you are comfortable in, however you may be squatting down or
getting on your knees to look under or to get a closer look at something. If you wear reading glasses, bringing them along would be recommended.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
You do NOT have to bring your printed ticket, we'll have the reservation list when you check in.
Can I update/change, reschedule or cancel my reservation?
UPDATING RESERVATION NAME: If you need to change the name on your reservation or transfer to another person, please use the link on the confirmation email you received when you first booked.
CANCELLATIONS/RESCHEDULING: If you cancel within 72 hours of your scheduled start time you will receive a full refund of your purchase price. There are no refunds or exchanges for participants who cancel less than 72 hours before their start time or arrive late for their session. To request a refund, please use the link on the confirmation email you received when you first booked. Alternatively you can transfer your reservation to another person. If you need to change the name on your reservation, please use the link on the confirmation email you received when you first booked.
If you'd like to reschedule, please forward your confirmation to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and include your requested new date and time. We will accomodate your request if space is still available. Please note, we can only accomodate rescheduling 72 hours or more before the event.
How can I contact you with any questions?
Email email@example.com or call the Society Office at 610-388-7376. For more information on our events and programs, please visit www.ChaddsFordHistory.org.