Visiting The Chadds Ford Historical Society
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visitors Center Hours
|Tuesday - Saturday||10:00 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.|
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.
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:
Fill out our online School Group Tour Form: http://www.chaddsfordhistory.org/education/school-and-youth-programs/
Fill out our online Adult Group Tour Form: http://www.chaddsfordhistory.org/education/adult-programs-and-tours/
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 more information you can also visit www.brandywinevalley.com.
For information about nearby attractions in Delaware County please visit www.destinationdelco.com.