Fall Events in the Brandywine Valley

So much to do this fall in the Brandywine Valley from leaves changing color to blues and brews events to Pumpking carvings.  Select early what you would like to do and check out available rooms at Hamanassett Bed & Breakfast because rooms tend to fill quickly.

First up are events at Tyler Arboretum located near Ridley Creek State Park and only 10 minutes from Hamanassett.  On Friday, October 5 enjoy specialty beers and snacks from 7-9 PM while you listen to blues and jazz presented by Fred Powell.  Limited capacity so register early.  Pumpkin Days are always fun for the entire family.l  This year they will be celebrated on October 20 and 21 from 10 AM to 5 PM.  While there you can make your own scarecrow, jump on a hayride and enjoy crafts such as face painting, pumpkin races, and other entertainment.   If you are just interested in a hay ride you can partake on Saturdays, October 27 and November 3 at 1, 1:45, and 2:30.  Rides take about 30 minutes and take you around the park to enjoy the fall colors.  In addition, there are special walks to enjoy and photograph the fall colors, an outing with Chris Weaver from Wild Birds Unlimited to teach you everything you wanted to know about setting up bird feeding stations.  All throughout the fall Tyler Arboretum offers bird walks and wildflower walks as well as  full moon night hikes, and even yoga at the arboretum.  Did you know that a bat can devour 1000 mosquitos an hour?  One way to invite them to your property but not into your house is provide a bat box.  At Tyler you can learn to build and take home a bat box on Sunday, November 3 from 10-noon.  For these events and more you can view their calendar and register at Tyler.      

The Read House In Old New Castle was built by George Read, Jr. the son of one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence.  At the time it was built in 1793 it was the largest residence in the state and an example of high style Federal architecture.  The interior has many similarities to the interior of Hamanassett Bed & Breakfast, especially the curved doorways with the woodwork embellished with punch and gouge decoration.  Old New Castle was established in 1651 and is the site of William Penn’s landing in 1652.  It is a lovely Colonial town located on the Delaware River and also has a merchant’s house you can tour.  It is only a 35 minute drive from Hamanassett.

The Colonial Plantation at Ridley Creek State Park is one of our favorite attractions and is only a 10 minute drive.  Throughout the year they have special events and some of the fall events include a Civil War Reenactment September 29-30, and Lantern Ghost Tours October 13, 20, and 27.  Thje Plantation is considered one of the most haunted properties in Delaware County.  Among the evening’s events are tales of bizarre events from Colonial days.  They change their stories every year so even if you have attended in the past you’ll hear new stories.  Tickets are available by phone reservation at 610-566-1725.  They will also be open the weekend of Thanksgiving and will be decorated for the holidays.  In addition to tours of the house and farm animals, you’ll learn about candle dipping and traditional colonial holiday traditions.  Check their web site for upcoming workshops.  In the past they have offered workshops in spinning, basket weaving, embroidery, and blacksmithing.  

Stone 18th century house at Colonial Plantation at night is bathed in an eerie orange glow as it is lit by candles, lanterns, and torches.

Haunted Colonial Plantation.

While you are here check out the haunted hay rides at the Bates Motel on the grounds of the Arasapha Farms in Glen Mills.  Definitely check out their web site to find dates and times.  This event has been rated the number one haunted attraction in America by Hauntworld Magazine and USA Today and has been featured several times on the Travel Channel.  For more proof view one of the videos on their web site.  For more information on spooky and eerie places to visit, check out Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia.  It is considered one of the most historic and haunted prisons in America.

For things that go bump in the night and other creep things don’t miss Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia.

For a quieter visit to some of our historical sites there is the Brandywine Battlefield, site of the largest battle fought during the American Revolution located just 5 miles south of us.  Then you can drive 35 minutes north to Valley Forge.  Also nearby is the Daniel Boone homestead in Birdsboro and Pennsbury Manor in Morrisville, Pa, the country estate of William Penn, the founder of Pennsylvania.   Both of these are great day trips from Hamanassett Bed & Breakfast, each being about an hour’s drive from us. Pennsylvania has a wonderful web site dedicated to various historic trails including Military History Trail, Historic Homes, and Rural Farms and Villages.  For more information on historic tours in Pennsylvania click here.

Coming up in October is the 78th Chester County Day House Tour.  This year it focuses on the northeast part of the county and features 16 homes and 6 public landmarks.  The tour this year will be Saturday, October 6 from 10AM to 5PM.  

BMW Championship Golf Tournament, featuring 70 of the top players will be held at Aronomink Golf Club in Newtown Square, a 20 minute drive from Hamanassett.  

A deer grazes near bu a golfer as he tees off.

Golfer with deer

  Of course, there are also wonderful vineyards such as Penns Woods and Vala for wine tastings, great restaurants, and beautiful back roads for just driving and enjoying the colors of the season.   We’ll even direct you to some of Chester County’s covered bridges. 

Enjoy a nostalgic drive through the Brandywine Valley countryside including twelve covered bridges.

Covered Bridge in Chester County


Hope we’ll see you soon.