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January 2017

Breakfast at Hank's Place

Sunday, January 15, 2017

7am to 3pm

 

Join us for Breakfast at Hank's!   This annual event raises funds for Chadds Ford Historical Society. Enjoy a delicious home-cooked meal while helping preserve local history!  A portion of the day's proceeds will benefit the Chadds Ford Historical Society. A huge thank you to our neighbor, Hank's Place, for their generosity!

 

Hank's Place

1625 Creek Road

Chadds Ford, PA  19317

 

THANK YOU TO HANK'S PLACE FOR ANOTHER WONDERFUL FUNDRAISER!

February 2017

Tavern Talks: Chocolate & Courtship
Thursday, February 16th, 7-9 PM

 

The Chadds Ford Historical Society kicks off another year of Tavern Talks with "Chocolate & Courtship"! If you are looking to bring dating back to the basics - 300-year-old basics - then you will not want to miss out. Guests will have the opportunity to sample edible "aphrodisiacs", learn how to compose a love letter from a calligrapher, watch chocolate-making demonstrations by Mars' American Heritage Chocolate, and more! 

Tavern Talks is a monthly experience (not a lecture!) aimed exclusively for adults 21 and older that focuses on fun topics in early American culture. Guests will experience history with hands-on activities, food and drink tastings, demonstrations and more! 

Tickets must be purchased in advance over the phone, in person at the Society or online as space is limited. All attendeees must be 21 and older. 

 

March 2017

Plein Air Paint Out Chadds Ford

Saturday, March 4, 2017

 

The Chadds Ford Historical Society hosts its 9th annual Plein Air art event called Paint Out Chadds Ford on Saturday, March 4, 2017. Artists from the Mid-Atlantic region will be painting around the Chadds Ford area as well as at the Barns Brinton House, John Chads House and along Brandywine Creek. 

 

The Society will host a special art exhibition at the CFHS Barn Visitors Center on Saturday evening. From 5 pm to 6 pm join us for an exclusive preview party for art lovers that want to view and purchase from the best selection of plein air artwork. Tickets for the preview are $35 per person ($30 for CFHS members) and includes a $15 credit towards your painting purchase, heavy hors d'oeurves and drinks. From 6 pm to 8 pm, join us for a wine and cheese reception where you can see and purchase the artwork as well as meet the artists. Tickets are $15 per person ($10 for CFHS members). 

 

EVENT INFORMATION   |   PURCHASE TICKETS  |  ARTIST REGISTRATION

 

 

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Tavern Talks: Colonial "Cocktails"

Thursday, March 23, 2017

 

Did you know that rattle-skull, syllabub, and bogus were all names for mixed drinks in the 18th century? Join us for this month’s Tavern Talks as we cover the topic of Colonial “Cocktails”. Guests will sample a variety of “cocktails” from the 18th century, sing along to tavern drinking songs with local Irish band Seven Rings, watch a Colonial brewer at work and more! 

 

Tavern Talks is a monthly experience (not a lecture!) aimed exclusively for adults 21 and older that focuses on fun topics in early American culture. Guests will experience history with hands-on activities, food and drink tastings, demonstrations and more! 

Tickets must be purchased in advance over the phone, in person at the Society or online as space is limited. All attendeees must be 21 and older. 

 

 

Spring Lecture Series

Commemorating the 240th anniversary of the Philadelphia Campaign of 1777

 

Wednesday, March 22 - To The Last Extremity: Fort Mifflin's Last Stand, Elizabeth Beatty

Wednesday, March 29 - The Battle of Brandywine, Mike Harris

Thursday, April 6 - Remember Paoli, Jim Christ

Wednesday, April 12 - Present But Not Accounted For: Women at the 1777-1778 Valley Forge Encampment, Dr Nancy Loane

 

All lectures begin at 7 pm at the Society's Barn Visitors Center, 1736 Creek Road (Rt. 100), Chadds Ford, PA 19317.

 

Admission to lectures: Free for CFHS Members; non-members $5. All tickets are available at the door. 

 

Guest Bartending Event at BBC Tavern & Grill in Greenville

Thursday, March 30, 2017 from 6 to 9pm

 

CFHS and BBC Tavern invite you to our Guest Bartending Event at BBC on Thurday, March 30, 2017 from 6 to 9pm. 100% of your tips are donated to CFHS.   

 

BBC Tavern & Grill

4019 Kennett Pike

Greenville, DE  19807

 

 

THANK YOU TO ALL OUR PARTICIPANTS, OUR GUEST BARTENDERS, ESPECIALLY VICTORIA WYETH AND TO BBC TAVERN & GRILL FOR ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL FUNDRAISER!  WE'LL SEE YOU NEXT YEAR!

April 2017

Spring Lecture Series

Commemorating the 240th anniversary of the Philadelphia Campaign of 1777

 

Thursday, April 6 - Remember Paoli, Jim Christ

 

Wednesday, April 12 - Present But Not Accounted For: Women at the 1777-1778 Valley Forge Encampment, Dr Nancy Loane

 

All lectures begin at 7 pm at the Society's Barn Visitors Center, 1736 Creek Road (Rt. 100), Chadds Ford, PA 19317.

 

Admission to lectures: Free for CFHS Members; non-members $5. All tickets are available at the door. 

 

New Exhibit!

Wanton Waste: Chadds Ford & the Battle of Brandywine

 

Opening April 19, 2017

Exclusive Member Preview, April 18

 

What would you do if you woke up to a battle in your backyard? Learn how villagers in Chadds Ford reacted when fighting erupted on the morning of September 11, 1777. 

 

Open at the Barn Visitors Center during regular operating hours. Admission to the exhibit is free. The exhibit runs until February 2018. 

Tavern Talks: Tavern Night
Thursday, April 20th, 7-9 PM

 

Experience what a night at an 18th century tavern would have been like. Chow down on some tavern fare, learn about the latest politics of the day with Ben Franklin, try your hand at some Colonial games, and more!

Tavern Talks is a monthly experience (not a lecture!) aimed exclusively for adults 21 and older that focuses on fun topics in early American culture. Guests will experience history with hands-on activities, food and drink tastings, demonstrations and more! 

Tickets must be purchased in advance over the phone, in person at the Society or online as space is limited. All attendeees must be 21 and older. 

 

May 2017

Spring Cleanup Day at CFHS

Sunday, May 7, 8 am - 12 pm

 

Calling all Weekend Warriors!!  We need your help getting our grounds ready for Spring! It's time to sweep and pick up around the grounds, plant some annuals, pull some weeds, and spread some mulch...you know, all the things you hate to do at home! So instead, you should come out and help us do them here!

 

We'll organize volunteers into groups to work together at the Barns Brington House, The Chads House and around the Barn Visitors Center to get our sites into shape. 

 

If you have a small business or corporate group that is looking for a way to get involved in the community this is a perfect one-day project!

 

Call us at 610-388-7376 or Sign up here to volunteer!

CFHS Fundraiser at Talbots, Glen Mills

Friday, May 12, 2017

 

Join us on Friday, May 12 for a shopping day at Talbots in Glen Mills! Talbots will donate 10% of pre-tax sales to CFHS. Just let them know you are there to support the Chadds Ford Historical Society. The Society's president will be in the store to greet you from 1 pm to 4 pm. 

 

Talbots

The Shops at Brinton Lake

957 Baltimore Pike

Glen Mills, PA

484-840-1500

 

THANK YOU TO TALBOTS GLEN MILLS FOR A WONDERFUL FUNDRAISER!

Tavern Talks: Spy Games
Thursday, May 18th, 7-9 PM

 

Would you have survived as a spy during the Revolutionary War?  Find out at this month's Tavern Talks!

Tavern Talks is a monthly experience (not a lecture!) aimed exclusively for adults 21 and older that focuses on fun topics in early American culture. Guests will experience history with hands-on activities, food and drink tastings, demonstrations and more! 

Tickets must be purchased in advance over the phone, in person at the Society or online as space is limited. All attendeees must be 21 and older. 

 

CFHS Historic Houses Open For Summer Saturdays

Saturday, May 27, 2017 through Saturday, September 2, 2017

 

Join us for historic house tours and living history demonstrations on Saturdays this Summer!   Our historic properties, the John Chads House and Barns-Brinton Tavern will reopen on Saturdays between Memorial Day and Labor Day.  Houses open Saturdays from 11am-3pm (with tours ending by 4pm).  Tickets can be purchased at the Barn Visitor Center, 1736 Creek Road, Chadds Ford, PA  19317.

 

Our exhibit, "Wanton Waste: Chadds Ford and the Battle of Brandywine" will also be open on Saturdays at the Barn Visitor Center.

June 2017

Tavern Talks: Quacking Up! (18th Century Medicine)
Thursday, June 15th, 7-9 PM

 

SAVE THE DATE!  More detailed event information coming soon.
 
Tavern Talks is a monthly experience (not a lecture!) aimed exclusively for adults 21 and older that focuses on fun topics in early American culture. Guests will experience history with hands-on activities, food and drink tastings, demonstrations and more! 

Tickets must be purchased in advance over the phone, in person at the Society or online as space is limited. All attendeees must be 21 and older. 

 

Escape Brandywine: Historic Escape Room Experience at the Chads House

Select Summer Saturdays - June 3 & 17, July 8 & 15

 

Tickets on sale Friday, May 26 at 10am

 

Escape Brandywine is a new historically immersive escape room presented by Chadds Ford Historical Society.   Your experience is set inside John Chads House, c.1725 historic home located along site of the Battle of Brandywine.   This escape room program is unlike any other, since it places you directly inside an authentic historical space with a Revolutionary War mission!  
 
Escape Brandywine places participants into roles of spies on the eve of the Battle of Brandywine, and charges them with finding General Howe's battle plans that have been hidden inside the Chads House for safe keeping.   Using real Revolutionary War spy techniques, codes and cyphers, players will have 60 minutes to solve puzzles that will allow them to locate the plans and escape the house to deliver the plans to George Washington!
 
 

 

Tickets must be purchased in advance online, as space is limited. 

 
Interested in hosting a PRIVATE escape room for your group?  You can either purchase all of the slots for an event time - allowing you to ensure your members are the ONLY participants for that time (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 info@chaddsfordhistory.org or call 610-388-7376 to check availability.  

July 2017

Escape Brandywine: Historic Escape Room Experience at the Chads House

Select Summer Saturdays - June 3 & 17, July 8 & 15

 

Tickets on sale Friday, May 26 at 10am

 

Escape Brandywine is a new historically immersive escape room presented by Chadds Ford Historical Society.   Your experience is set inside John Chads House, c.1725 historic home located along site of the Battle of Brandywine.   This escape room program is unlike any other, since it places you directly inside an authentic historical space with a Revolutionary War mission!  
 
Escape Brandywine places participants into roles of spies on the eve of the Battle of Brandywine, and charges them with finding General Howe's battle plans that have been hidden inside the Chads House for safe keeping.   Using real Revolutionary War spy techniques, codes and cyphers, players will have 60 minutes to solve puzzles that will allow them to locate the plans and escape the house to deliver the plans to George Washington!
 
 

 

Tickets must be purchased in advance online, as space is limited. 

 
Interested in hosting a PRIVATE escape room for your group?  You can either purchase all of the slots for an event time - allowing you to ensure your members are the ONLY participants for that time (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 info@chaddsfordhistory.org or call 610-388-7376 to check availability.  

Chester County Town Tours & Village Walks

Saturday, July 17, 3pm - 6:20pm

 

Chester County Town Tours and Village Walks: Advance with the Hessians! 

Sponsored by Pennsbury Historical Commission, Chadds Ford Historical Society, Brandywine Battlefield Park, Brandywine Battlefield Task Force, & Old Kennett Meeting

 

On the morning of September 11, 1777, the Royal Army advanced in a second column east along the Great Nottingham Road straight at Washington's defenses. Led by General Wilhelm von Knyphausen, they were tasked with engaging the Continental forces along the Brandywine until they heard General Howe's guns from the north indicating that the flanking maneuver had been successful. As they approached today's Longwood Gardens, they were attacked by soldiers commanded by American General William Maxwell. Despite the American delaying tactics, the enemy advanced to the river. Follow the route by bus and hear the description of the battle as well as the role historic resources along the route played. Brandywine Battlefield interpreters will be on each bus. Open House at Brandywine Battlefield Park beginning at 4:30 pm.

 

Parking: Bus tours begin at 3 pm. Chadds Ford Elementary School, 3 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford.

 

Cost: FREE, Advance timed reservations required.  

To register go to  http://battlefieldtour2017.eventbrite.com

For questions call 610-459-3342.

 

For more information about the Chester County Town Tours and Village Walks, visit:  http://www.chescoplanning.org/HisResources/TownTours.cfm

August 2017

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September 2017

CFHS Historic Houses Open Through Saturday, September 2, 2017

 

Join us for historic house tours and living history demonstrations on Saturdays this Summer!   Our historic properties, the John Chads House and Barns-Brinton Tavern will reopen on Saturdays between Memorial Day and Labor Day.  Houses open Saturdays from 11am-3pm (with tours ending by 4pm).  Tickets can be purchased at the Barn Visitor Center, 1736 Creek Road, Chadds Ford, PA  19317.

 

LAST DAY FOR PUBLIC TOURS: SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2017

 

Our exhibit, "Wanton Waste: Chadds Ford and the Battle of Brandywine" will also be open on Saturdays at the Barn Visitor Center.

Chadds Ford Days

Saturday & Sunday, September 9 & 10

 

Save the date for our annual event, Chadds Ford Days!   Click here to read about the history of Chadds Ford Days and past events.  More detailed event information coming soon.  

 

CRAFTERS/VENDORS: Click here for applications

Tavern Talks: Well-Preserved
Thursday, September 14th, 7-9 PM

 

SAVE THE DATE!  More detailed event information coming soon.
 
Tavern Talks is a monthly experience (not a lecture!) aimed exclusively for adults 21 and older that focuses on fun topics in early American culture. Guests will experience history with hands-on activities, food and drink tastings, demonstrations and more! 

Tickets must be purchased in advance over the phone, in person at the Society or online as space is limited. All attendeees must be 21 and older. 

 

Paranormal 101 Class

Thursday, September 21

 

Save the date for our our new Paranormal 101 class this fall!


TICKETING & EVENT INFORMATION COMING SOON!

Paranormal Investigation of the John Chads House

Saturday, September 23

 

Save the date for our our popular Paranormal Investigation of the Chad House this fall!


TICKETING & EVENT INFORMATION COMING SOON!

October 2017

Paranormal 101 Class 

Thursday, October 5

 

Save the date for our our new Paranormal 101 class this fall!


TICKETING & EVENT INFORMATION COMING SOON!

Tavern Talks: Spirits & Spirits
Thursday, October 12th, 7-9 PM

 

SAVE THE DATE!  More detailed event information coming soon.
 
Tavern Talks is a monthly experience (not a lecture!) aimed exclusively for adults 21 and older that focuses on fun topics in early American culture. Guests will experience history with hands-on activities, food and drink tastings, demonstrations and more! 

Tickets must be purchased in advance over the phone, in person at the Society or online as space is limited. All attendeees must be 21 and older. 

 

Paranormal Investigation of the John Chads House

Saturday, October 14

 

Save the date for our our popular Paranormal Investigation of the Chad House this fall!


TICKETING & EVENT INFORMATION COMING SOON!

The Great Pumpkin Carve 2017

Thursday, Friday & Saturday,

October 19, 20 & 21

 

Save the date for our annual event, The Great Pumpkin Carve!   

Click here to read about the history of the Great Pumpkin Carve and past events.  More detailed event information coming soon.  

November 2017

Tavern Talks: Feast Mode!
Thursday, November 9th, 7-9 PM

 

SAVE THE DATE!  More detailed event information coming soon.
 
Tavern Talks is a monthly experience (not a lecture!) aimed exclusively for adults 21 and older that focuses on fun topics in early American culture. Guests will experience history with hands-on activities, food and drink tastings, demonstrations and more! 

Tickets must be purchased in advance over the phone, in person at the Society or online as space is limited. All attendeees must be 21 and older. 

 

December 2017

Candlelight Christmas

Saturday, December 2

 

SAVE THE DATE!  

More detailed event information coming soon.