2019 Spring Lecture Series

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 Area; and Seized in September: Delaware's Role in the Philadelphia Campaign. Lectures are held in the Visitors Center meeting room. Coffee,tea and light desserts are served.

2019 Spring Lecture Schedule 

Mar. 07 “Indian Hannah”: Chester County’s Early “Celebrity” Resident by Catherine Quillman

Apr. 11 Lost Lenape Park, remembering the bustling recreation destination by Don McKay

May 09 Seized in September: Delaware's Role in the Philadelphia Campaign by Kim Burdick

Lecture Hours:

7pm - 8:30pm



Barn Visitors Center

1736 Creek Road, Chadds Ford, PA 19317



Admission is $10 per person at the door. CFHS members are free.



Visitors Center parking lot behind building. Enter at the front door by Creek Road.

Hannah Freeman aka “Indian Hannah”: Chester County’s Early “Celebrity” Resident, the Myth and the Reality

March 7 at 7pm

by Catherine Quillman


Spend an evening during Women’s History Month getting to know the real story of Hannah Freeman, the 19th century Native American popularly known as “Indian Hannah,” the “Last of Her Race.”   For a time, Hannah lived in the area known today as Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. Catherine Quillman’s illustrated lecture will also highlight William Penn’s influences on the local attitudes about Native Americans and how they may have changed the course of Hannah’s life.


No images survive of “Indian Hannah” but artist Adrian Martinez’s unfinished portrait here was based on his extensive research of the woman called an important “link” between the native Lenape and early settlers of Chester County.   Image courtesy of the artist.  


Lost Lenape Park: Remembering the Once Bustling Recreation Destination

April 11 at 7pm

by Don McKay


The area currently known as Lenape developed out of a rural agricultural community serviced by a colonial mill that was witness to the British invasion of September 11, 1777. The introduction of a steam railroad in the 1870's opened up new business opportunities for the local residents as well as new avenue to bring visitors to the picturesque region. With the introduction of an early picnic park, the tourism industry was born and enhanced over the years with the recreation and transportation technologies of the times. Take a trip back to simpler times and recall the grandeur of the stop along the Brandywine that we call Lenape.

Seized in September: Delaware's Role in the Philadelphia Campaign

May 9 at 7pm

by Kim Burdick


Delaware’s role in the Philadelphia Campaign is not to be underestimated, even if it is lesser known. Kim Burdick presents Seized in September, which recounts original first-hand stories and letters written by colonists, detailing what happens when two opposing armies occupy your town. Our location is perfect for telling this story at the center of the conflict of the Battle of the Brandywine, here in Chadds Ford.