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

The Barnes-Brinton House

 
 
The Barnes-Brinton House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 6, 2008
1. The Barnes-Brinton House Marker
Inscription. Welcome to the Barnes-Brinton House, built in 1714 by William Barnes for use as a tavern and private home. The Chadds Ford Historical Society purchased this handsome brick building in 1969, and has authentically restored it and furnished it as a country tavern.

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 Barnes-Brinton House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 6, 2008
2. The Barnes-Brinton House Marker
Resister of Historic Places, the Barnes-Brinton House is a contributing element of the Brandywine Battlefield National Historic Landmark.

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 info@chaddsfordhistory.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. Touch 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 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Barns-Brinton House (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Gradient (Maple Tree), 2015 (approx. 1.6 miles away); Miss Gratz, 1984 (approx. 1.6 miles away); Helen, 1989 (approx. 1.6 miles away); Gradient (River Walk), 2015 (approx. 1.6 miles away); R. B. Monument, 2004 (approx. 1.7 miles away); The Chads Springhouse (approx. 1.7 miles away); John Chads House (approx. 1.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chadds Ford.
 
More about this marker. A picture
The Barnes-Brinton House image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 6, 2008
3. The Barnes-Brinton House
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.) 
 
Categories. Colonial EraNotable Buildings
 
Back of the Barnes-Brinton House image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 6, 2008
4. Back of the Barnes-Brinton House
Hessian troops under Gen. Knyphausen marched along the road seen behind the house on their way to Chadds Ford during the September 11, 1777 Battle of Brandywine.
Directional Sign image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 6, 2008
5. Directional Sign
This sign is located at the head of a path to the Barnes-Brinton House.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 23, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,351 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on November 23, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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