Chadds Ford in Delaware County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Barnes-Brinton House
In 1714, blacksmith Barnes built a house on “Ye Great Road to Nottingham,” then a major highway between Philadelphia and Maryland. The spacious brick building was well suited to its use as a tavern – with a private side for the family and a barroom and sleeping quarters for travelers. From 1722 until his death in 1731, Barnes operated the tavern for “ye accommodation of Man and Horse.”
In the 1730s, the property and house changed owners several times. In 1753, the house and farmland were purchased by James Brinton, grandson of William Brinton, one of the earliest settlers in the area.
As you walk around the building, notice the Flemish bond brickwork with black headers and the “diaper” pattern in the west gable end of the house. On the U.S. Route side, you will see where another structure, perhaps a log addition, joined the brick tavern. The interior is well known for its fine woodwork and paneling. Fortunately, much of the original hardware remains, probably wrought by blacksmith Barnes.
Listed on the National
The Barns-Brinton House is open weekends May 24 through August 31, 1 to 5 p.m. School and group tours are by appointment throughout the year. For more information, please contact the Chadds Ford Historical Society office at 610-388-7376 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Location. 39° 52.427′ N, 75° 37.418′ W. Marker is in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, in Delaware County. Marker is on Baltimore Pike (U.S. 1), on the right when traveling east. Click for map. 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 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Barns-Brinton House (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Chads Springhouse (approx. 1.7 miles away); John Chads House (approx. 1.7 miles away); a different marker also named The John Chads House (approx. 1.7 miles away); Battle of Brandywine (approx. 1.9 miles away); To Honor All Who Served in the Founding, Defense, and Preservation of Our Great Country (approx. 2.4 miles Christian C. Sanderson (approx. 2.4 miles away); a different marker also named Battle of Brandywine (approx. 2.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Chadds Ford.
More about this marker. A picture of the house is on the left upper portion of the marker. Two photographs on the right of the marker show a large open hearth used for cooking demonstrations and a reproduction cage bar.
Also see . . . The Battle of Brandywine. September 11, 1777 at Brandywine, Pennsylvania. The American Revolutionary War website. (Submitted on November 23, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
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