We are planning for Candlelight Christmas to return in 2018! Check back next year for additional details. We hope you will join us this year for a special holiday experience at the Barns-Brinton House!


Twilight Tidings at the Tavern

Saturday, December 2

4 to 5:30 PM and 6 to 7:30 PM

Barns-Brinton Tavern


$20/General Admission ($15 for CFHS Members)


Please note the two admission times!


We're introducing a new event for the holiday season, Twilight Tidings at the Tavern, on Saturday, December 2 at our Barns-Brinton House.
Celebrate the season with a historic look at the four major holidays of the 18th century winter season: Christmas, New Year's, Twelfth Night and Candlemas. Similar to our popular Tavern Talks format, Twilight Tidings at the Tavern will be a 90-minute open house where you can explore the 1714 tavern at your own pace, meet guides in authentic colonial clothing, learn about holiday celebrations of the 18th century, and enjoy samples of historic holiday foods and complimentary beverages like wassail, mulled wine and punch.
Winter in colonial America gave people a chance to relax and unwind following the harvest and butchering seasons. People often took time to travel and visit friends and relations during the winter months. Unlike the 21st century, the winter calendar of the 18th century was not dominated by the celebration of Christmas. New Year's and Twelfth Night were often more festive, and raucous, holiday celebrations that may last for days. Twilight Tidings at the Taverns is a unique historic experience in which you'll participate in the recreation of four distinct 18th century holiday celebrations.

Tickets are $20 ($15 for CFHS Members), and must be purchased in advance. Space is limited, and these tours will sell out!
Twilight Tidings at the Tavern is a 21-and-over event at the Barns-Brinton House, 630 Baltimore Pike (U.S. Route 1), Chadds Ford, PA 19317. There are two tour times available: 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm. Tickets can also be purchased in person at the Society's office, which is open Monday through Friday from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm, and is located at 1736 N. Creek Rd. in Chadds Ford.