Chadds Ford Historical Society
1736 Creek Road
Chadds Ford, PA 19317
(610) 388-7376 Historical Society (The Barn)
388-1132 Chads House • 388-1120 Barns Brinton House

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Beautiful Chadds Ford has much to offer in the way of culture and history. The Chadds Ford Historical Society maintains several sites that present the area's past through exhibits, activities, and the homes of two early residents.

The Barn is the Historical Society's Headquarters. Here visitors can enjoy the Museum Room with its changing exhibits relating to local history. An educational video presentation, "Sharing the Spirit," can also be seen.

The Historical Society offers a variety of family programs on summer weekends, including Colonial skills and crafts demonstrations such as Baking in the Beehive Oven. Call for a current calendar of events.

School Programs of similar content are also scheduled. Teachers should call for a current schedule. Any individual or group, however, can tour one or both of the following houses without taking a program. All tours are Guided by a knowledgeable docent dressed in Colonial garb who will answer any questions and describe 18th century life in the hamlet of Chadds Ford.

John Chads House

This beautiful house was built around 1725 and was the home of John Chads, the ferryman and farmer for whom Chadds Ford was named. An outstanding example of 18th century architecture, the house features a continuous cornice, and the original oak floors, paneling and woodwork.

The house has been fully restored and is furnished to reflect the 18th century lifestyle.

Barns-Brinton House

Located a mile and a half west of John Chads House, the Barns-Brinton House was originally a tavern built in 1714 by William Barns. The structure is quite pleasing to the eye and features Flemish Bond brickwork accentuated by black headers.

Inside, visitors will appreciate the handsome woodwork and paneling, as well as the 18th century furnishings.

Hours: Visitors Center is open weekdays 9am - 5pm, as well as summer weekends. Call for details. Closed Thursdays and Fridays in December and January. The historic houses are open for tours on weekends only, around May through August, from 1 - 5pm. Call to confirm hours or visit the official website linked above.
Groups, including School Groups, can tour either site at other times by appointment.
Guided Tour of both houses
Adults $5.00
Children 7 - 17 $3.00
Children 6 and under FREE
Call to confirm.
Groups of 10 - 70 people:
Group Guided Tours/School Programs cost between $5.00 and $10.00 per person.
Group Reservations: At least 4 weeks in advance for programs is suggested.
Lunch: Nearby restaurants.
Handicapped Access: Barn is accessible, houses are not.
Directions: Rt. 1 South/West to Chadds Ford. For Chads House and the Barn turn north onto Rt. 100 and go ¼ mile. For Barns-Brinton continue west on Rt. 1 for 1½ miles. 30 minutes west of Philadelphia.

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