“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 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 John Chads House is the anchor In the Chadds Ford Village Historic District. The Chads House is also a contributing element of the Brandywine
Marker & John Chads House image. Click for full size.
By Nate Davidson, May 17, 2014
2. Marker & John Chads House
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.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial EraSettlements & SettlersWar, US Revolutionary.
Location. 39° 52.483′ N, 75° 35.483′ W. Marker is in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, in Delaware County. Marker is on Creek Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Chadds Ford PA 19317, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named John Chad's House (a few steps from this marker); The Chads Springhouse (a few steps from this marker); Battle of Brandywine (approx. 0.2 miles away); R. B. Monument, 2004 (approx. 0.3 miles away); Gradient (Maple Tree), 2015 (approx. 0.3 miles away); Miss Gratz, 1984 (approx. 0.3 miles away); Helen, 1989 (approx. 0.4 miles away); Gradient (River Walk), 2015 (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chadds Ford.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on May 18, 2014, by Nate Davidson of Salisbury, Maryland. This page has been viewed 353 times since then and 31 times this year. Last updated on May 20, 2014, by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 18, 2014, by Nate Davidson of Salisbury, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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