Annual Candlelight Christmas Tour beckons

For the last three decades, the Chadds Ford Historical Society (CFHS) has been showcasing historic properties decked out for the holidays during the first week in December.

An elegant Tudor home in is part of the Chadds Ford Historical Society's 30th Annual Candlelight Christmas Tour.

An elegant Tudor home designed by the same architect chosen for Winterthur is part of the Chadds Ford Historical Society's 30th Annual Candlelight Christmas Tour.

On Saturday, Dec. 5, the Chadds Ford Historical Society will celebrate its 30th Annual Candlelight Christmas Tour. This much-anticipated annual tradition will take place from 1 to 6 p.m. and will feature some of the area's most distinctive homes and historic sites, boasting holiday finery enhanced by the glow of candles.

The tour will include locations in and around Chadds Ford and Pennsbury Townships. They will range from an elegant Tudor that sits atop more than five acres with views of Chadds Ford’s rolling hills to a stone farmhouse built by John Hope in the early 1700s, one of the earliest buildings in Pennsbury Township.

Guides will be on hand at each location the day of the tour to highlight each home’s unique history, architecture, and decor. When guests purchase their tickets, they will receive a tour booklet, which includes a detailed description of each of the sites.  The Chadds Ford Historical Society Visitors’ Center – where tickets will be available – the John Chads House, and Sanderson Museum will all have parking.

All other sites will be accessible only by shuttle buses departing from the Chadds Ford Elementary School lot and the business campus lot below the Barns-Brinton House. Guests should purchase their tickets online or at the Visitors’ Center before going to the shuttle lots. For an advance look at the tour booklet, click here.

Nadia Barakat, the society’s executive director, said she’s looking forward to the event. “It’s going to be amazing,” she said. “People have already told me how excited they are about it.”

Proceeds from the Candlelight Christmas Tour help support the society's educational programs for schoolchildren and the community at large and help fund its ongoing research projects on the history of the Chadds Ford area.

Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 on the day of the tour. For more details, call 610-388-7376. To purchase tickets online, visit


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