Holiday traditions along the Ford

Chadds Ford has its own set of holiday traditions. From the Brandywine River Museum of Art creating a display for working model railroads to Santa and reindeer showing up at Olde Ridge Village, and to miniature art works, it all happens in Chadds Ford between Thanksgiving and New Years.

As it has it years past, the museum's tradition — A Brandywine Christmas — got underway the Friday after Thanksgiving at the museum where one of the galleries becomes a display with 2,000 feet of O-gauge model railroad track and 1,000 railroad pieces winding through a miniature town.

Along with the trains, this year visitors can check out the Ann Wyeth McCoy collection of antique dolls. Smaller dolls are shown in glass-covered cases, but larger dolls are set in indoor and outdoor tableaus.

A Brandywine Christmas continues through Jan. 8.

On Saturday, Santa and Mrs. Claus arrived at Olde Ridge Village along with one of their reindeer. Kids, with at least one having four legs, had a chance to sit with Santa and tell him what they want for Christmas.

Also on Saturday, the Brandywine Battlefield Park held Patriots’ Day, a chance for visitors to get some history lessons regarding the country’s colonial period as well as military life during the 1777 Battle of Brandywine.

Another tradition, Christmas in Miniature, resumes this coming Wednesday, Nov. 30 at the Chadds Ford Gallery. More than 70 nationally and internationally know artists will have smaller works of art on display for sale through the end of the year.


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