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Chadds Ford and Kennett Square

It was at the property of John Chads in then-Birmingham Township that the Brandywine River turned shallow, allowing 18th-century travelers along the ancestral road of U.S. Route 1 to cross. When water levels rose and submerged the ford, the enterprising Chad operated a ferry to secure passage. When the Redcoats and the Continentals dueled here in 1777, General George Washington hoped to divert British troops to other fords along the Brandywine, but he eventually found his army outflanked and retreated. A depiction of the battle by illustrator Howard Pyle hangs in the Brandywine River Museum, the legacy of his star student, N.C. Wyeth, and succeeding generations of Wyeths, Andrew and Jamie.

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Chadds Ford and Kennett Square Articles

From Farmhouse to Townhouse

From Farmhouse to Townhouse

Modernizing a Chadds Ford townhouse with classic touches requires a complete overhaul.

Honeygrow Opens its Third Location Along Radnor-Chester Road

Honeygrow Opens its Third Location Along Radnor-Chester Road

PLUS: The annual Taste of Phoenixville returns Jan. 16 and TV chef Rick Bayless makes his East Coast debut

Ring in the Holidays with West Chester Public Library's Holiday Home Tour and Chadds Ford Historical Society's 28th Annual Candlelight Christmas Tour

Ring in the Holidays with West Chester Public Library's Holiday Home Tour and Chadds Ford Historical Society's 28th Annual Candlelight Christmas Tour

PLUS: Willow's Jennifer Fuller shares her holiday gift picks for discerning tastes.

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