Welcome to the Barnes-Brinton House, built in 1714 by William Barnes for use as a tavern and private home. The Chadds Ford Historical Society purchased this handsome brick building in 1969, and has authentically restored it and furnished it as a country tavern.
In 1714, blacksmith Barnes built a house on "Ye Great Road to Nottingham," then a major highway between Philadelphia and Maryland. The spacious brick building was well suited to its use as a tavern - with a private side for the family and a barroom and sleeping quarters for travelers. From 1722 until his death in 1731, Barnes operated the tavern for "ye accommodation of Man and Horse."
In the 1730s, the property and house changed owners several times. In 1753, the house and farmland were purchased by James Brinton, grandson of William Brinton, one of the earliest settlers in the area.
As you walk around the building, notice the Flemish bond brickwork with black headers and the "diaper" pattern in the west gable end of the house. On the U.S. Route side, you will see where another structure, perhaps a log addition, joined the brick tavern. The interior is well known for its fine woodwork and paneling. Fortunately, much of the original hardware remains, probably wrought by blacksmith Barnes.
Listed on the National Resister of Historic Places, the Barnes-Brinton House is a contributing element of the Brandywine Battlefield National Historic Landmark.
The Barns-Brinton House is open weekends May 24 through August 31, 1 to 5 p.m. School and group tours are by appointment throughout the year. For more information, please contact the Chadds Ford Historical Society office at 610-388-7376 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.