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Chadds Ford in Delaware County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
John Chads House
c. 1725

— National Register of Historic Places —
 
John Chads House - Pennsylvania Keystone Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Keith S Smith, November 30, 2011
1. John Chads House - Pennsylvania Keystone Marker
 
Inscription.
JOHN CHAD’S HOUSE

Proctor’s 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, as the crow flies. Battle of Brandywine (approx. 0.2 miles away); Christian C. Sanderson (approx. 0.7 miles away); Washington’s Headquarters (approx. 0.7 miles away); a different marker also named Battle of Brandywine (approx. ¾ mile away); Gideon Gilpin House (approx. 1.1 miles away); Casimir Pulaski (approx. 1.1 miles away); The National Arborist Association (approx. 1.1 miles away); Lafayette’s Headquarters (approx. 1.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Chadds Ford.
 
Related marker
 
John Chads House from the Street Photo, Click for full size
By Keith S Smith, November 30, 2011
2. John Chads House from the Street
 
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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 National Historic Landmarks.
    — Submitted December 2, 2011, by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania.
 
Side view of the John Chads House Photo, 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.
 
 
Information signpost Plaque Photo, 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 father’s 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 house’s style and appointments suggest moderate wealth; it’s simplicity reflects Chads’ 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 house’s 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 December 2, 2011, by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 315 times since then. Last updated on December 2, 2011, by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 2, 2011, by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
 
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