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Chadds Ford in Delaware County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

John Chads House

c. 1725

 

óNational Register of Historic Places ó

 
John Chads House - Pennsylvania Keystone Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith S Smith, November 30, 2011
1. John Chads House - Pennsylvania Keystone Marker
Inscription.
JOHN CHADíS HOUSE

Proctorís American Artillery
Occupied Several Redoubts Near
This House at the Battle of
Brandywine, September 11, 1777

 
Erected 1915 by The Pennsylvania Historical Commission and the Chester and Delaware County Historical Societies.
 
Location. 39° 52.49′ N, 75° 35.497′ W. Marker is in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, in Delaware County. Marker is on Creek Road, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. This marker is on Creek Road just North of U.S. Route # 1 across from the Chadds Ford Historical Society, at 1736 Creek Road, 19317. Marker is in this post office area: Chadds Ford PA 19317, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Chads Springhouse (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named The John Chads House (a few steps from this marker); Battle of Brandywine (approx. 0.2 miles away); To Honor All Who Served in the Founding, Defense, and Preservation of Our Great Country (approx. 0.7 miles away); Christian C. Sanderson (approx. 0.7 miles away);
John Chads House from the Street image. Click for full size.
By Keith S Smith, November 30, 2011
2. John Chads House from the Street
a different marker also named Battle of Brandywine (approx. ĺ mile away); In Memory of Those Who Served in the Armed Forces (approx. one mile away); Gideon Gilpin House (approx. 1.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Chadds Ford.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. .
 
Also see . . .
1. John Chads House - Wikipedia. (Submitted on December 2, 2011, by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania.)
2. The Brandywine Area Web. (Submitted on December 2, 2011, by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania.)
 
Additional comments.
1. Brief History of John Chads House
The house was built in 1725, possibly by John Wyeth, Jr. In 1729, John Chads married Elizabeth Richardson. The couple occupied the home together until John Chads died in 1760. Elizabeth remained in the house for over 60 years, and according to reports, observed Hessian and Continental troop movements from the attic windows.

The house is on the National Register of Historic Places, as part of the Chadds Ford Village Historic District and an element of the Brandywine Battlefield
Side view of the John Chads House image. Click for full size.
By Keith S Smith, November 30, 2011
3. Side view of the John Chads House
The white round object visible on the porch is actually the back of a beehive oven.
National Historic Landmarks.
    — Submitted December 2, 2011, by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania.

 
Categories. Colonial EraIndustry & CommerceNotable BuildingsWar, US Revolutionary
 
Information signpost Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Keith S Smith, November 30, 2011
4. Information signpost Plaque
The John Chads House

WELCOME to the 1725 John Chads House,
the home of the ferryman and farmer for whom Chadds Ford was named. In 1968 Chadds Ford Historical Society purchased this charming bluestone building and has authentically restored it.

Having fallen heir to his fatherís five hundred acre “plantation” along the Brandywine, John Chads was already a man of some importance when he had a house built on the banks of the creek. The houseís style and appointments suggest moderate wealth; itís simplicity reflects Chadsí Quaker heritage.

In 1729, Chads took Elizabeth Richardson as his bride and this became their home. By 1736 Chads had successfully petitioned for a license to operate a tavern and, about the same time, began a ferrying service.

Today the houseís pleasing proportions with continuous cornice, and its original oak floors, paneling, and woodwork make it a fine example of early 18th century Pennsylvania architecture.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Chadds Ford House is the anchor In the Chadds Ford Village Historic District. The Chads House is also a contributing element of the Brandywine Battlefield National Historic Landmark.

The John Chads House is open weekends May 7 through September 4, 1 to 5 p.m. Group Tours are available throughout the year by appointment. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 821 times since then and 257 times this year. Last updated on , by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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