In 2005 I published a book of vintage Chadds Ford area photos in conjunction with the Chadds Ford Historical Society. Here’s an overview:

Chadds Ford grew along an important early thoroughfare where it crossed the Brandywine Creek. Travelers along this east-west highway between Philadelphia and Baltimore were obliged to ford the creek at property owned by businessman John Chads. At first, farms, mills, and homesteads composed the architectural landscape. As the town grew, so did businesses such as the Gallagher General Store and the Chadds Ford Hotel. By the end of the nineteenth century, wealthy Philadelphians, attracted by Chadds Ford’s pastoral setting, began to build stately summer homes. Artists, too, were inspired by the area’s countryside, and N.C. Wyeth made the town his permanent residence. Around Chadds Ford features photographs from 1870 to 1950, when the town enjoyed the sophistication of these newcomers, but retained its rural flavor.

Around Chadds Ford book

Around Chadds Ford book by Karen Furst

Author Karen Smith Furst sorted through the Chadds Ford Historical Society’s collection of over one thousand unpublished photographs to choose the outstanding images presented here. Combined with lively and informative captions, these photographs open a window into life in Chadds Ford.

The Images of America series celebrates the history of neighborhoods, towns, and cities across the country. Using archival photographs, each title presents the stories from the past that shape the character of a community today. Arcadia is proud to play a part in the preservation of local heritage, making history available to all.

Surnames mentioned in the book include Andress, Arment, Gallagher, Luke, Seal, and Twaddell.

This 128-page book features close to 200 previously unpublished photographs of life in 20th century Chadds Ford and will be signed by the author with the inscription of your choice. Buy it here.

Chadds Ford Research

Some Chadds Ford area facts and tidbits that you may appreciate: