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CHADDS FORD — It may have been a dank, dreary day Dec. 6, but it didn’t stop people from coming out to the 29th annual Candlelight Christmas.
This year’s tour featured 16 historic sites scattered across Chadds Ford.
The event also coincided with the 300-year anniversary of the Barns-Brinton house, which was built in 1714 and served as the only tavern and sleeping quarters for travelers going between Philadelphia and Baltimore at that time.
Also featured on the tour included the John Chads house, the Sanderson Museum, the William Brinton house, the Pennsbury Mill, the Caleb Windle farm, the Old Kennett Quaker Meetinghouse, the Pennsbury Inn and many others.
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Some of the sites are currently homes to residents, including “Downstream Farm,” owned by Mr. and Mrs. Loele. The house was originally built in 1837 by the Hayes family, but is most well-known as the Pennsylvania home of the Grogan family in the 2008 movie “Marley & Me.”
Each home was decorated for the Christmas holiday, with some of sites filled with period reenactors and many also offered light snacks and hot cider.