Pristine countryside surrounds you while visiting Chadds Ford and Unionville. Rolling hills, old stone farm houses and buildings, horse farms, wineries, museums, and hidden gem restaurants are just a few of the reasons to visit these two remarkable areas in Chester County, PA.
A definite must see is Brandywine River Museum of Art. Located in a renovated nineteenth century mill overlooking the Brandywine River, The Brandywine River Museum of Art features galleries dedicated to art from the Wyeth family. Portraits, still lifes and even vintage doll collections are on display at the museum.
During the winter months, the popular train display is set up with ornate villages and meticulously thought out train passage ways. After visiting inside, there is a path along the Brandywine River with sculptures and statues adorning the way. Benches are available for guests to soak in the soothing babble from the Brandywine. The museum offers free admission on Sundays year round.
Penns Wood Winery was voted Best of The Main Line and western suburbs in Philadelphia’s magazine for 2014 and 2015. Family owned, the roots of Penns Wood Winery go back to Southern Italy, where Gino, the owner is originally from. Gino believes Pennsylvania can produce world class wine. With every purchase at Penns Wood Winery, $1 goes to research dedicated to furthering wine and grape research in Pennsylvania.
In 2010, Gino’s daughter Carley joined the team and is in charge of the events held at Penns Wood. Wine festivals, car shows, jazz concerts, wine and cheese pairings are a few of the popular events you can find here.
The Brandywine Battlefield historic grounds sit on 46.5 acres in the heart of the Brandywine Valley. One of the largest land battles of the American Revolution, the battlefield offers visitors tours of Washington’s headquarters, a short film on the battle, and a trip through the museum.
Touring the battlefield offers visitors a glimpse into the importance of the area in the early days of our nation’s birth.
Chadds Ford Winery dates back to 1982 with an annual production of over 30,000 cases of wine. Chadds Ford Winery prides themselves in creating a wine suitable for every palate. Through the years, Chadds Ford winery has achieved various awards for their supreme wine – most recently at the 2016 Pennsylvania Farm show the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon took the gold medal.
Chadds Ford Winery hosts various events – from showers to corporate picnics, this winery is sure to please!
At the heart of Chester County horse country in Unionville, PA is a gem of a restaurant – Catherine’s BYOB. Previously a general store, this restaurant was voted “best kept secret” by readers of the Main Line Today magazine. The fare is described as eclectic comfort food with country charm.
Ten Gallon Hat Winery is another popular winery in Chester County, PA. The newly renovated tasting room offers guests a relaxed environment to explore a variety of wine samples. Ten Gallon Hat Winery has weekly events such as live music, food trucks serving healthier options to pair with your glass of wine, and art displays.
With its main focus being on the 18th century, the Chadds Ford Historical Society looks to preserve the history of the area while interpreting the life and times to the public.
(Photograph taken circa 1900 – this is where Rte 1 now resides!)
The society strives to provide excellent educational opportunities to the area, and also has a strong presence in community activities such as Chadds Ford Day, The Great Pumpkin Carve and a Candlelight Christmas. For a nominal annual fee, members of the historical society enjoy various perks such as free admission to local events.
The Christian C. Sanderson Museum offers a small museum experience through the eyes of one historic collector – Chris Sanderson. Offering 200 years worth of American History in eight rooms, the museum displays artifacts from the Revolutionary War, Civil War, both World Wars and the Battle of the Brandywine. The museum was founded in 1967 and is run mostly by volunteers.
Brandywine River Antiques Market is located in a historic 19th century bank barn and hosts over 40 vendors from all over Pennsylvania. Philadelphia Magazine cited the Antiques Market as the best find in Chester County. The market proudly offers a selection of century textiles, dinnerware, estate furniture, pottery and toys. Located next to the market in the carriage house is Mushrooms Cafe. Everything in the cafe is homemade daily and features an array of mushroom dishes. Perfect spot to stop in after a day of antique shopping.
Brandywine Prime Restaurant is best described as a charming upscale spot for traditional American cuisine. Known for its fabulous steaks and to die for seafood dishes such as scallops, Chef Jason adds organic vegetables grown from his own garden to the dishes he prepares.
Brandywine Prime is located in the historic Chadds Ford Inn. The beautifully restored 1703 stone cottage still boasts details from the original structure adding to its charm. Sunday brunches are extremely popular as you can dine on the outdoor terrace taking in the lovely views.
Did we miss a favorite spot of yours in this gorgeous area? Post in the comments below and let us know the “must visit” places on your list!
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