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Slice of Suburbia: Chadds Ford


Hey all- welcome to another selection in the continuing series of Slice of Suburbia. Today I’m recounting my visit to the Brandywine area.  Chadds Ford Winery

I recently had the opportunity to spend a day at Chadds Ford Days, held at the Chadds Ford Historical Society. They offered antiques, art, food, antique cars, reenactments and handcrafted items of all sorts. The local restaurants catered many foodstuffs, and I had a hard time keeping my money in my pocket looking at all the great wares. Local restaurants were on hand to create mouth-watering dishes for the attendees. I got a crab cake and a Caesar salad and it was delicious! This area is rich in history and the building, restaurants and community reflect that in frequent community celebrations.

Chadds Ford Township is a township in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, United States, about 30 miles southwest of Philadelphia. Prior to 1996, Chadds Ford Township was known as Birmingham Township, Delaware County, the name being changed as to allow the township to correspond to both its census-designated place, and to reflect on its role in the Battle of Brandywine.

Chadds Ford was home to N.C. Wyeth, his son Andrew Wyeth and grandson Jamie Wyeth. Brandywine Battlefield is located in the Township, along with the Brandywine River Museum, which houses most of the Wyeth collection.

The Chadds Ford area is very dedicated to keeping the area historically preserved and one such way is Chadds Ford Days, sponsored by the Chadds Ford Historical Society. The first Chadds Ford Day was held on September 10, 1958, to commemorate the Battle of Brandywine in 1777.

This fun-filled day (because the first day got rained out) included kids’ activities, an antique car show, an art show, music and entertainment in addition to the crafters and merchants area. This included ironwork, artisan jewelry, blown glass, art and pet photos, crafts and hair ornaments and many others original and beautiful works like handmade decoupage glassware and ornaments from Jootz, which include fashion designer sketches from late designer Ted Saulino. I adore these pieces!

Other attractions in the area along Route 101 and 202 include Longwood Gardens, the Brandywine River Museum, the Brandywine Battlefield Park, the Brandywine Valley Wine Trail, the American Helicopter Museum, the Delaware Art Museum, QVC Studio Park, and my personal favorite, the Chadds Ford Winery. Since the founding of the winery in 1982, Chadds Ford has become a center of viticulture and wine production. (And really yummy wine!!)

At the end of the day, I rescued my car from a muddy field, where it had gotten stuck, my friends and I were tired and triumphant as we headed home, (because we escaped being stung by drunk bees) but first stopped for a delicious dinner at Carrabba's Italian Grill on Route 1 and 202. Yum!

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