For 50 years the Chadds Ford Historical Society has been preserving history, providing education and serving the community. Our three 18th century houses are the central point for living history programs and education. Throughout the year we host a variety of programs including a Spring Lecture Series. Our family oriented events have become a community tradition. In 2024 we are pleased to host: Battle at Chadds Ford / Historic Chadds Ford Days and the Great Pumpkin Carve.  The Society also offers educational programs, summer camps and group tours.  We invite you to visit us at our Barn Visitors Center to view special exhibits and learn more about the Chadds Ford area.

We Are Closed for the Fall/Winter Season

As of Labor Day weekend, our Barn Visitors Center is closed till Spring 2024.  The John Chads House and Barns-Brinton Houses will be available for guided tours by appointment only for large groups, based on staff availability.


Please call 610-388-7376 or email Sandi Johnson at if you have questions or would like to inquire about a guided tour of our historical houses.


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Upcoming 2024 Events and Programs

Lecture Series

Feb 1st, April 4th, May 9th

7:00pm - 8:30pm


Each Spring the Society host a series of lectures on historic and cultural topics. This year we have three speakers discussing the "Importance of food in the 18th Century".  Lectures are held in the Visitors Center meeting room. Coffee, tea and light desserts are served.


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Paper Marbling Workshop

Saturday, June 8th, 2024,  10:00am - 4:00pm


Paper Marbling is an ancient method of painting by floating color on a viscous solution and transferring the color onto paper or fabric.  Each print is unique.



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Hands on History ~ CFHS Summer Camp 2024

June 17 - 21, July 15 - 19 or August 5 - 9

9:00am - 3:00pm


Chadds Ford Historical Society invites campers entering 3rd to 6th grade to join our Hands on History  Summer Camps.  Each day campers will explore the 18th century through nature, the arts, and colonial life.


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Battle at Chadds Ford 2024

Historic Chadds Ford Days

Saturday, September 14th, 10:00am - 5:00pm

Sunday, September 15th, 10:00am - 4:00pm


The CFHS is excited to announce that we will be hosting a battle reenactment! Join us for a historical journey back to September 11th 1777, when the British army engaged Washington's troops at Chads' Ford.


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The Great Pumpkin Carve 2024

Thursday, October 17th & Friday, October 18th, 4pm - 9pm

Saturday, October 19th, 3pm - 9pm


Join us for a three day Chadds Ford tradition where over 70 giant pumpkins are carved and lit by local artists on Thursday and will be lit and displayed on Friday & Saturday. All three nights enjoy a 'kid friendly' Haunted Trail, raffle prizes and live music. Food, local craft beer and wine are available for purchase.


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