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, utilize our research library and archives, or rent our meeting room.  



1736 Creek Road

P.O. Box 27

Chadds Ford, PA 19317

Visitors' Center

Wednesday - Friday10:00 AM - 04:00 PM

Administrative Office


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


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


Meeting Room


The Meeting Room of the Barn Visitors' Center is currently available for private events. Please contact our office at 610-388-7376 or email for more information. 



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. 




One House: $6.00

Both Houses: $10.00


Children (Ages 5-12)

One House: $3.00

Both Houses: $5.00


CFHS members and children under 5 years of age are 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: