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 1) Indian Hannah: Chester County’s Early “Celebrity” Resident; 2) Lost Lenape Park: the Once Bustling Recreation Destination; and 3) 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.”  Hannah lived for a time with her husband Andrew Freeman on the east side of the Brandywine in Chadds Ford.   

Catherine Quillman’s illustrated lecture will also highlight William Penn’s influences on the  local attitudes about the Native Americans and his work in giving land back to the Brandywine River tribe known as the Leni-Lenape. Later described as “reservations,” the one near Northbrook, Pa. was Hannah’s traditional homestead.

By the late 1790s, her tribe was forced to abandoned Northbrook  and  Hannah spent several years moving  from farm to farm according to a written agreement signed by more than 30 local residents, many of them members of Bradford Friends Meeting.

Catherine will draw upon her more than 15 years of research as well as her collection of vintage postcards and old photographs to tell the story about “Indian Hannah.” In addition, the artist Adrian Martinez, whose portrait of Indian Hannah is shown here, will be present  after the lecture to share his research and insights on the early colonists who supported Hannah.

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.