How to Spend a Day in Chadds Ford
From antiquing to museums to fine dining, here are nine places you won’t want to miss in this quaint village.
Brandywine Battlefield in Chadds Ford. Photo by Ron Cogswell/Flickr.
Best known for its history—especially thanks to Brandywine Battlefield—Chadds Ford has plenty to offer, from walking trails to antiquing spots to gourmet cuisine. Spend a day exploring the many museums, historical attractions and shops in this charming village.
9 a.m. – Hunker down at Hank’s Place
Hank’s homey décor and comforting meals inspire locals to come back weekend after weekend. The first page in the five-page breakfast menu promises “Good Old Fashioned Hearty Breakfast,” and the dishes do not disappoint. If you’re in the mood for eggs, try one of the specialty dishes, like Italian-style scrambled eggs, or pick from one of the many omelets, breakfast sandwiches or frittatas. If you prefer something sweet, there are pancakes and French toast, made with four slices of gourmet fruit bread and topped with fresh whipped cream. Lines often form during the weekend, but Hanks’ is worth the wait.
1625 Creek Road, Chadds Ford, (610) 388-7061.
10 a.m. – Explore the outdoors on the Harvey Run Trail
A 5-mile trail leads walkers from the Chadds Ford Township Building to the Brandywine Creek. Enjoy the scenic views on a leisurely stroll along the natural surface path. The trail network spans 300 acres of preserved open space. While there, keep an eye out for birds in the marshes. If you feel particularly active, try taking the Studio Trail, which leads to the homes and studios of N.C. and Andrew Wyeth.
11 a.m. – Watch history come to life at Brandywine Battlefield Park
Tour the site of the Battle of Brandywine at this 52-acre park. The historic battle preceded the British invasion of Philadelphia in 1777. Admission to the park includes an 18-minute video, museum and guided house tour.
1491 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford, (610) 459-3342.
12 p.m. – Explore the historical Sanderson Museum
Dedicated to the life and artifacts of Christian C. Sanderson, the Sanderson museum is a veritable time capsule of the 19th century natural historian and collector. Inside, find Sanderson family treasurers like photographs, autographs, arrowheads, rocks and minerals, plus artifacts from the Revolutionary, Civil, and World wars. Plan ahead, as the museum is only open on Saturdays and Sundays.
1755 Creek Road, Chadds Ford, (610) 388-6545.
1 p.m. – Dine with style at The Gables at Chadds Ford
This Chadds Ford staple offers sumptuous meals with Southern flair. On warm days, take advantage of the warm weather and dine alfresco on the open patio, surrounded by string lights. Menu favorites include the Gables Burger, topped with smoked bacon, fried onions, arugula, white cheddar and house pickles on a brioche bun, and the Wild Mushroom Flatbread, made with fontina cheese, truffle oil, and arugula.
423 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford, (610) 388-7700.
2:15 p.m. – Find lost treasure at the Pennsbury-Chadds Ford Antique Mall
Everything from antique furniture to paintings to books can be found at the Pennsbury-Chadds Ford Antique Mall. Many visitors find themselves lost in this expansive antique mall for hours, combing through old records and examining fine jewelry. The mall boasts Wyeth prints, too.
640 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford, (610) 388-1620.
3 p.m. – Explore local works at the Brandywine River Museum of Art
The Brandywine River Museum of Art archives and displays the art of Brandywine River and beyond. The work of the Wyeth family is a highlight, with galleries dedicated to Andrew Wyeth, Jamie Wyeth and N.C. Wyeth. The museum itself is architecturally stunning—a converted 19th century mill with floor-to-ceiling glass windows that look out onto the Brandywine River.
1 Hoffmans Mill Rd, Chadds Ford, PA 19317
4 p.m. Wander the Chadds Ford Barn Shops
Filled with a range of businesses, all nestled in a quaint, historic village, the Chadds Ford Barn Shops is a great place to rest before dinner. Peruse handmade leather bags at Arden + James, explore local art work at Barbara Moore Fine Art, or take in the scents of flowers at Green Meadows. Just need a cup of coffee? Pop into Chadds Café, take your cup outside to one of the communal pergolas, and unwind. Select shops are only open Wednedsay through Saturday, so plan accordingly.
1609 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford.
6 p.m. – Dine at Brandywine Prime
Chadds Ford has an abundance of pre-Revolutionary War architecture, and Brandywine Prime is no exception. Built as a tavern in 1703, the Chadds Ford Inn today serves as a top-notch steakhouse. A local favorite, Brandywine Prime delights diners with its Kennett Square Mushroom Tart, 6-ounce New York Strip Black Angus Steak Salad, and three cheese Truffle Potato Gratin. Typically packed on weekends, be sure to make a reservation in advance.
1617 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford, (610) 388-8088.