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

The Chads Springhouse

 
 
The Chads Springhouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Nate Davidson, May 17, 2014
1. The Chads Springhouse Marker
Inscription. The Chads' Springhouse predates the home of John Chads across the street. It was built to be both a springhouse and a residence with a corner fireplace in the living area and a sleeping loft above. It was probably built by John Wyeth Jr., the stonemason who built the John Chads House, to provide his living quarters during the several seasons it took to build the Chads House. Note that there is no relationship between John Wyeth Jr. and the Wyeth family of artists.

Welcome to the Chads' Springhouse and home to Birmingham School No. 1.
The Springhouse was used as a tenant house. It also served as a school in the first half of the 19th century. Children sat on long benches behind narrow tables. They might have studied geography, mathematics, penmanship and land surveying, in addition to reading.

Of special architectural interest is the brick faced corner fireplace which would have originally had wooden breastwork with a mantelpiece and recessed niches similar to the two corner fireplaces in the John Chads House. All but one of the rafters supporting the loft floor are original.

The corner of the Springhouse to your right is believed to have been damaged by General Knyphausen's artillery fire during the Battle of Brandywine, September 11, 1777.

As you walk around the Springhouse you will see
The Chads Springhouse image. Click for full size.
By Nate Davidson, May 17, 2014
2. The Chads Springhouse
the door to the spring room which served as a refrigerator for Chads' family. Look for the storage niches in the north and east walls.

The Chads' Springhouse is open weekends May 25 through September 1, 2013 from 1 to 5 p.m.
School and group tours are available through the year by appointment. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call (610) 388-7376 or email education@chaddsfordhistory.org
 
Location. 39° 52.483′ N, 75° 35.5′ W. Marker is in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, in Delaware County. Marker can be reached from Creek Road. 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 one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. John Chads House (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named The John Chads House (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. mile away); In Memory of Those Who Served in the Armed Forces
Springhouse & Chadds Ford Historical Society image. Click for full size.
By Nate Davidson, May 17, 2014
3. Springhouse & Chadds Ford Historical Society
(approx. one mile away); Gideon Gilpin House (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chadds Ford.
 
Categories. Colonial EraSettlements & SettlersWar, US Revolutionary
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 18, 2014, by Nate Davidson of Salisbury, Maryland. This page has been viewed 258 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 18, 2014, by Nate Davidson of Salisbury, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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