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 or 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 - Saturday10:00 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.

Museum Store


Wednesday - Friday, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM


Our Museum Store is open during normal visitor center hours.  We offer a selection of local books, souvenirs and historical toys.

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 seasonally for tours, historical demonstrations, 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 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. 

Historic House Tours - 2018


Tours of our historic houses have ended for the season. Tours are available for adult and youth group by appointment by contacting the Society at


Our Escape Brandywine Historic Escape Room is also available in the John Chads House on Saturdays through the end of September. This is a separately ticketed event and advance tickets are required and are $28 per person for this immersive history experience.

Admission Prices:

Adults and Children      Ages 13 and up

One House: $6.00 / person



Children                      Ages 5-12

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 
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 2018 Tourism Guide.

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