“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Chadds Ford in Delaware County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

The John Chads House

The John Chads House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Nate Davidson, May 17, 2014
1. The John Chads House Marker
Inscription. 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 John Chads 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.
Marker & John Chads House image. Click for full size.
By Nate Davidson, May 17, 2014
2. Marker & John Chads House
Office hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Location. 39° 52.483′ N, 75° 35.483′ W. Marker is in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, in Delaware County. Marker is on Creek Road. 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 one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named John Chads House (a few steps from this marker); The Chads Springhouse (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); 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. one mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Chadds Ford.
Categories. Colonial EraSettlements & SettlersWar, US Revolutionary
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Nate Davidson of Salisbury, Maryland. This page has been viewed 236 times since then and 25 times this year. Last updated on , by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Nate Davidson of Salisbury, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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