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 2023 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 2023 Events and Programs

The Great Pumpkin Carve 2023

Thursday, October 19th & Friday, October 20th, 4pm - 9pm

Saturday, October 21st, 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.


CLICK HERE for more details about Pumpkin Carve

Brandywine River Museum Critter Sale!

Member Preview Sale

(Brandywine River Museum & CFHS Members ONLY)

Wednesday, November 29, 2023 10am - 5pm


Public Sale

November 30 - December 2, 2023, 10am - 5pm

December 3, 2023, 10am - 3pm


The Brandywine River Museum will be holding their annual Critter Sale at the Chadds Ford Historical Society's Barn Visitors Center this year.  Please stop by to support the River Museum and purchase some cute critters hand-made by their Critter Volunteers.


Please go to theBrandywine River Museum website for more details: Critter Sale



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