Historical society hosts Candlelight Christmas

The Chadds Ford Historical Society is hosting a traditional Candlelight Christmas on Saturday, Dec. 1. This event highlights the society’s historic buildings, decorated with symbols of the season.

The Barns Brinton House is included in the Chadds Ford Historical Society's Candlelight Christmas.

Join the Heritage Dancers as they make merry with traditional colonial dances amongst trees trimmed in dried flowers, bird’s nests and natural materials at the Visitor Center. Partake of some pound cake and other desserts. Inside our Springhouse, once a schoolhouse in the early 1800s, you’ll see Christmas books from the past and present. Cross the road and join the celebration in the John Chads House, home of John and Elizabeth Chads in the mid-1700s. This fully restored stone house radiates the spirit of Christmas with rooms of live greens and various symbols of the season including stockings, arks, crèche sets and toys. Hear stories from guides in Colonial garb while sampling Portugal cakes, Stolen (German bread with dried fruit and candied peels) and spiced tea cooked on the kitchen hearth.

A short drive away, our Barns-Brinton House allows visitors to grab a glass of wine and toast to the season in this tavern and home dating back to 1714. As a fiddler entertains colonial revelers, have a chat with Alexander Hamilton. Warm yourself by the open hearth with smells of roasting chicken, soup and bread wafting through the air. Each historic room will be decorated with individual themes including Santas, gingerbread, wreaths and handmade ornaments. Enjoy homemade soup, bread, Spritz cookies and hot chocolate. You are sure to leave having experienced the true warmth and spirit of the season.

Candlelight Christmas is held at the three historic properties and Visitors Center of the Chadds Ford Historical Society, 1736 N. Creek Road, Chadds Ford, PA 19317. Admission is $15 per person; $10 for CFHS members. Tickets can be purchased online at www.candlelightchristmasinchaddsford.com or at the CFHS Visitor Center. Guests with online ticket purchases must pick up tickets at the Visitor Center before touring the houses. Parking is free. The event runs from 1 to 6 p.m.



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