The Swedes were the first to arrive in 1638 and the English Quakers soon followed in 1700. It is believed that the Quakers used caves as the first shelter. The original name of the township was Birmingham, give to the area by William Brinton. In 1689 Frances Chadsey, or Chads, immigrated to Chichester until 1696 when his name was first seen on tax records for Birmingham Township. During the late 1730’s John Chads operated a ferry service across the Brandywine Creek, the crossing place became known as “Chadds Ford.”
An intense, but brief Revolutionary War battle was fought on the grounds of Chadds Ford. On September 11, 1777, Continental troops formed a line of defense along the eastern bank of the Brandywine. George Washington had chosen this spot to halt the British advance toward Philadelphia. General William Howe split his forces to outflank the Continental army in the Battle of the Brandywine. The battle only lasted a day. The Continental Army retreated to Chester while the British continued to camp there for the next five days, pillaging farms in the area.
Today, Brandywine Battlefield Historic Park is a historic site that marks the battle. Other historic sites include Chad House, built in 1712 by John Wyeth Jr. for John Chads. The Gilpin Homestead, also known as the General Howe Headquarters, was built in 1754 and was used by General Howe during the Battle of Brandywine. The William Painter Farm was built in 1808 and was used as a station on the Underground Railroad.
Today, Chadds Ford’s serene rolling hills give way to new amenities with a quaint selection of dining options. Locals and visitors alike enjoy tours of Chaddsford Winery, the largest in Pennsylvania. The town is served by the Unionville-Chadds Ford School District, a top-rated district in the state.
Hutchinson’s knows the excellence an education brings, and that is partly why our local heating and air conditioning services are considered expertly better. We take pride in making sure every one of our local HVAC contractors and plumbers continue their education consistently. We update our knowledge base with more than the required one hundred hours of additional training Hutchinson’s each of our contractors are required to have while they work with us. This is all built upon seventy years of passed down family business experience, and a lot of courtesy.
Our contractors and plumbers are called back to Chadds Ford for repeat business because the families here expect more from their HVAC services. The people of Chadds Ford expect their contractors to be familiar with all brands of heating and air conditioning equipment, whether their home is brand new, or a few hundred years old. Luckily, we have been doing this in the local area since 1948 and our expert services are always done right, on time and with a smile.