Visiting The Chadds Ford Historical Society

Covid-19 FAQ

When will the Chadds Ford Historical Society reopen?

We will be re-opening by July 1, 2021.  Please email us at to inquire about tours.

What is the Society doing to keep visitors, volunteers and staff safe?

Following guidelines set by the CDC and WHO, we will be implementing a variety of safety protocols including:

  • At the end of the day, all handles, switches and handrails will be wiped down.
  • During work hours as many doors as possible will be propped open.
  • All visitors are required to wear masks when inside the Visitor’s Center or on tour. They can remove them while on the grounds by themselves.
  • All staff must wear a mask in the building and when interacting with visitors.
  • Tours of the Chads House are limited to 4 people, or 6 people of the same group
  • The Kitchen is off limits to the visitors.
  • The library and offices are off limits to the visitors.

Do I need to wear a face mask during my visit?

Yes, all visitors (over the age of two) and staff will be required to wear a face mask covering their mouth and nose during visits inside our visitors center or on tour.

I have medical condition and cannot wear a face mask. Can I still visit?

Face masks will be required for all visitors over the age of two. For your safety and the safety of our visitors and staff, we recommend that those who are unable to wear a mask due to medical conditions do not visit the Museum at this time.

Will you be taking my temperatures when I arrive to the Museum?

No. While Museum visitors will not have their temperatures checked, all visitors are instructed to stay home if they have an elevated body temperature, are feeling unwell or have symptoms of COVID-19.

Do I need to buy my tickets in advance?

No, Tickets to tour the John Chads House can be purchased on site.

The Barn Visitors Center

The Barn Visitors Center is the home of the Chadds Ford Historical Society. The facility houses our staff offices, meeting room, museum store and public exhibits. Please stop by during normal business hours and we will be happy to help. You can also make an appointment to utilize our research library or rent our meeting room. For appointments, please call 610-388-7376 or email  




1736 Creek Road

P.O. Box 27

Chadds Ford, PA 19317





Visitors Center Hours


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

The John Chads House

The John Chads House was built in around 1725 for John Chads - a Quaker that 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 Chads House is owned by the Chadds Ford Historical Society and operated as a museum. It is open seasonally for tours, baking demonstrations and special educational programs and events. 

The Barns-Brinton House

The Barns-Brinton House was built in 1714 by blacksmith William Barns as a tavern on "Ye Great Road to Nottingham" (a major route between Maryland and Philadelphia). He operated the tavern for a few years beginning in 1722. After Barns died in 1731, the property was purchased by the Brinton family, who owned it for 100 years. 


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

Historic House Tours


The John Chads House and Springhouse are open for tours on Saturdays year round with the exception of the first Saturday of each month from January to May, when the house is reserved for Escape Brandywine. Tour hours are 10am - 4pm.


The Barns-Brinton House is open for tours on Saturdays between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Tour hours are 1pm - 6pm.

Admission Prices:

Adults and Children      Ages 13 and up

One House: $6.00 / person



Children Ages 6 - 12

One House: $3.00 / person



Children Under 5 and CFHS Members

One House: 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 


Plan Your Visit to the Brandywine Valley


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


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