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  




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 by appointment only year round.


The Barns-Brinton House is open for tours by appointment only between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

Admission Prices:

$40 for a private tour, 1 house up to 4 people

(The John Chads House & Springhouse are shown together)


Additional individuals over 4 people are $10 per person

Kids Ages 7-17 $5 each


Members & Children age 6 & under are FREE


Member House Tour Days: Thursdays & Fridays (to make a tour appointment, call 610-388-7376)

Tours can also be scheduled year-round for schools, scouts, seniors, families, and community groups. For arrangements please contact us:

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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