A view of the 2018 tour
CFHS Visitors Center
Begin your tour at the Chadds Ford Historical Society Visitors Center. Located in a recreated bank barn built on the foundation of an old dairy barn, our Visitors Center is the place to pick up your admission ticket. Join the Heritage Dancers as they make merry with traditional colonial dances amongst trees trimmed in dried flowers, bird's nests and natural materials. Partake of some pound cake and other desserts. The halls of the barn will be decked in holiday decor including our museum store. Public restrooms are available here.
Inside our Springhouse, once a schoolhouse in the early 1800s, you'll see Christmas books from the past and present.
John Chads House
Cross the road and join the celebration in the John Chads House, home of John and Elizabeth Chads in the mid-1700s. This fully restored stone house radiates the spirit of Christmas with rooms of live greens and various symbols of the season including stockings, arks, creche sets and toys. Hear stories from guides in colonial garb while sampling Portugal cakes, Stolen (German bread with dried fruit and candied peels) and spiced tea cooked on the kitchen hearth.
Barns - Brinton House
A short drive away, our Barns-Brinton House allows visitors to grab a glass of wine and toast to the season in this tavern and home dating back to 1714. As a fiddler entertains colonial revelers, have a chat with Alexander Hamilton. Warm yourself by the open hearth with smells of roasting chicken, soup and bread wafting through the air. Each historic room will be decorated with individual themes including Santas, gingerbread, wreaths and handmade ornaments. Enjoy homemade soup, bread, Spritz cookies and hot chocolate. You are sure to leave having experienced the true warmth and spirit of the season.