Visiting The Chadds Ford Historical Society

The Barn Visitors' Center

The Barn Visitors' Center is the home of the Chadds Ford Historical Society. Stop in for museum admission, tickets for upcoming programs and events, to shop in our museum store.  To make an appointment to utilize our research library and archives or rent our meeting room, please call 610-388-7376 or email  



1736 Creek Road

P.O. Box 27

Chadds Ford, PA 19317

Visitors' Center

Wednesday - Friday10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Please note, we are closed in observance of the following holidays: New Year's Day, Easter, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Administrative Office


Monday - Friday, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM


Please call ahead to 610-388-7376 or email if you plan to visit to ensure the appropriate staff will be available for your needs.  To arrange an appointment to utilize our Research Library and Archives, rent our meeting room for private events or to arrange a group tripplease call 610-388-7376 or email


WEATHER: In inclement weather, we follow the schedule of the Unionville Chadds Ford School District.

The Barns Brinton House

The Barns Brinton House was built in 1714 by blacksmith William Barns as a tavern on a major route between Maryland and Philadelphia. He operated it for a few years beginning in 1722. Barns died in 1731. It was later owned by James Brinton. 


Today, the house is owned by the Chadds Ford Historical Society and operated as a museum. It is open for tours and special educational programs and events. 

The John Chads House

The John Chads House was built in 1725 for John Chads - a Quaker that owned a tavern and operated a ferry across the Brandywine River. John is the namesake of Chadds Ford. His wife Elizabeth lived here alone following John's death in 1760. The house was in the midst of the Battle of Brandywine in September 1777. 


Today, the John Cads House is owned by the Chadds Ford Historical Society and operated as a museum. It is open for tours, baking demonstrations and special educational programs and events. 

Historic House Tours


Tours of our historic houses are available Saturday, from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend. 


Tours begin at the top of every hour from 11 am to 3 pm (last tour begins at 3 pm). Allow 30-40 minutes per house for guided tours. Preview our historic houses with the slideshow below. 


Tickets for Historic House Tours are available at the Barn Visitors' Center. 

Admission Prices:

Adults and Children      Ages 13 and up

One House: $6.00 / person

Both Houses: $10.00 / person



Children                      Ages 5-12

One House: $3.00 / person

Both Houses: $5.00 / person



Children Under 5 and CFHS Members

One House: FREE

Both Houses: FREE



Tours can also be scheduled year-round for schools, scouts, seniors, families, and community groups. For arrangements for groups of 8 or more, please:

Call: 610-388-7376 
Fill out our online School Group Tour Form:

Fill out our online Adult Group Tour Form:


Plan Your Visit to the Brandywine Valley


The Brandywine Valley has so much to see and do that planning your visit may seem overwhelming! 


For help, we recommend the Brandywine Valley 2017 Tourism Guide. A digital version is available here

For more information you can also visit


For information about nearby attractions in Delaware County please visit