Chadds Ford Attractions
Situated in Delaware County 30 miles southwest of Philadelphia, lovely Chadds Ford attracts residents with its quaint historical farmhouses, rolling countryside and peaceful, bucolic setting. The Swedes settled the area in the 17th century, followed by English Quakers in the 18th century. A man by the name of John Chads operated a ferry across the Brandywine River, thus giving the town its name. In the 19th century, mills populated the area, using water power to manufacture gun powder, paper, grain and timber, and fueled growth in the area. Today, Chadds Ford attractions have made the area a popular tourist spot. Whether you’re planning to move here or simply get a sense of the area, consider including these popular spots in your itinerary:
For art lovers: Chadds Ford was home to the Wyeths, a prominent family in American art—Andrew was a major American Realist painter, his father, N.C. Wyeth, an illustrator and realist painter, and his son Jamie Wyeth, a contemporary American realist painter. Their works are on display at the Brandywine River Museum, which also owns and operates N.C. Wyeth House and Studio and Kuerner Farm, an inspiration for many of Andrew’s works.
For history buffs: Brandywine Battlefield Historic Site sits on the site of the Battle of the Brandywine, fought on Sept. 11, 1777, during the Revolutionary War. Visitors can see restored farm houses where both British and American troops were housed during the battle, and reenactosrs portray the events of the battle during special events throughout the year.
Chadds Ford Chaddsford Winery is the largest winery in the state, producing more then 30,000 cases annually. Visitors can tour the winery and vineyard, and sample the latest wines made there.
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