Tavern Nights

Join us for a Friday evening gathering (not a lecture!) exclusively for adults that focuses on unexplored aspects of early American history and culture. Guests will experience history with hands-on activities, food and drink tastings, demonstrations, and more. Tavern Nights takes place at the Chadds Ford Historical Society’s Barns-Brinton House, an historic 1714 tavern, located next to the Chaddsford Winery at 630 Baltimore Pike. Admission is $20 for non-members and $15 for members. Tickets must be purchased in advance over the phone, in person or online as space is limited. All attendees must be 21 and older.


Tavern Nights is a variation of our popular Tavern Talks. The event has been moved to Friday nights and includes a variety of themes for the season.

2019 Season
February 15 - Colonial Courtship & Victorian Valentines
March 22 - Liberty and Libations
October 4 - Very Superstitious - Cancelled
November 1 - The Art of the Book - Cancelled


7pm - 9pm



Barns-Brinton House

630 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford, PA 19317



Admission is $20; $15 for CFHS member. Guests must be 21 years or older



Parking is available behind the Barns-Brinton House or in the lot behind the businesses next door. To access parking, enter at the light at Ponds Edge Road, then turn right into the first parking area. Drive to the back of the lot.

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Explore Colonial and Victorian courtship rituals; watch historical chocolate making demonstrations, participate in Colonial English Country Dance, eat Dark Chocolate Cherry Bread baked fresh from the hearth, delight in tastings of chocolate from Neuchatel Chocolates and wine from Chadds Ford Winery, learn the language of the Victorian fan and flowers as you create your own tussie mussie with fresh flowers and your own special calligraphy love notes.



Learn about Colonial beer making while sampling some brew from Artillery Brewery and food cooked fireside at the hearth. Stroll through our historic 1714 Barns-Brinton House and enjoy presentations on the unexplored history of women’s work in home brewing in the Colonial era. Guests will have the opportunity to watch beer historian Rich Wagner create a "sixthel" and demonstrate aspects of Colonial brewing with his "barrel of fun," try a hand at playing Colonial drinking games, watch beer soap making by Rachel of Rocker Soaps (at 7:30pm and 8:15pm), discuss the history of women brewsters with beer historian John Medkeff in the spirit of Women's History Month.