Second vintage photo of 1914 Brinton Reunion in Pennsylvania
The 1914 Brinton Reunion was well attended, and many of the attendees are captured in the photo above. Note the automobiles at upper right. The left half of this photo is on the Genealogy page.

Brinton News

Renovations To The Brinton House Start In Fall 2017

The Brinton 1704 House will undergo a major restoration this Fall. Please be advised that between Labor Day 2017 and New Year's Day 2018, the Brinton 1704 House will be under construction.

Tours will proceed on weekends between 1:00 PM and 5:00 PM until the season closes at the end of October 2017. However, please call before visiting because we might close on certain days due to safety concerns. Thank you for your understanding and continued support.

Virginia Kopacki Is New Weekend Site Manager

Virginia Kopacki in the William Brinton 1704 House in 2017.

Please give a warm welcome to Virginia Kopacki, the new Weekend Site Manager at the William Brinton 1704 House. Virginia will manage operations and wrangle volunteers for the 2017 tour season. We are extremely excited to have her with us.

In May 2017 Virginia graduated from Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania with Bachelor degrees in Anthropology and Women’s And Gender Studies.  As a student, most of her research focused on living historians and women’s lives in the 19th century. Virginia is eager to take on a new era and share the history of the Brinton family with you.


A Warm Welcome to Our New Museum Administrator, Giulietta Fiore

Giulietta Fiore

Giulietta is thrilled to be working at the Brinton 1704 House to help preserve and interpret the rich history of the Brinton House and family. Giulietta’s background is in Archaeology and Classics, and she has worked in the field, in the lab, and in museums with diverse collections of objects ranging from worked whale bone from the Arctic to Etruscan remains in Italy.

However, no work is closer to her heart than exploring the history near her hometown of West Chester. She is passionate about engaging people of all ages with the past so they see the importance of museum collections and archives. Giulietta is looking forward to becoming part of the Brinton community.


Fall Festival at the Brinton 1704 House

Archaeology Dat
Board member Ann Bennett demonstrates an archaeological dig at the Brinton 1704 House.

Want something to do that's both fun for kids and interesting for adults? Come by the Brinton 1704 House for our Fall Festival.

We will be celebrating Pennsylvania Archaeology Month by demonstrating a small dig on the Brinton House property! Anyone can participate.

While you're learning what an Archaeologist does, everyone is welcome to join in our other fun and exciting fall activities: pumpkin painting, bobbing for apples, leaf rubbings, and corn hole toss.

Before you leave, make sure to go into the beautiful and historic Brinton 1704 House, and enjoy some light snacks in our amazing basement kitchen.

Where: Brinton 1704 House, 21 Oakland Road, West Chester, PA 19382
When: Saturday, October 8, 2016 from 1:00pm - 5:00pm.
Admission: Adults: $8.00. Children (under 12): Free.
Contact: 610-399-0913 or 1704house@brintonfamily.org


Brinton 1704 House Family Day 2016
Saturday, August 13, 2016

Brinton 1704 House Family Day 2016

Looking for something to do that's both fun for kids and interesting for adults? Come by the Brinton 1704 House for our annual Family Day.

We are making our extensive genealogical database available for research. Discover some family connections you might not have known. We are also making our World Explorer membership subscription to Ancestry.com available for use.

While you're learning more about genealogy, the kids can play authentic colonial games, such as Hoops, Nine Pins, and more.

Before you leave, make sure to go into the beautiful and historic Brinton 1704 House, and take some light snacks in our amazing basement kitchen.

Where: Brinton 1704 House, 21 Oakland Road, West Chester, PA 19382
When: Saturday, August 13, 2016 at 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
What: Admission: Adults: $8.00. Children (under 12): Free.
Contact: 610-399-0913 or 1704house@brintonfamily.org


Fall Weekend Coordinator, Sara Hasted

Sara Hasted

Some of you may remember me from last year when I was an intern for the Brinton 1704 House over the summer. This past May I graduated from West Chester University with my Bachelor’s in History. This summer I will be spending my weekends volunteering here at the Brinton House, and will be working as the Weekend Coordinator in the Fall. I am so excited to be back at this amazing place and hope to see you around!


Summer Weekend Coordinator, Josh Kurtz

Josh Kurtz

Hi, my name is Josh Kurtz, and I’m excited to be spending the summer as the Weekend Coordinator at the Brinton 1704 House. I was a volunteer tour guide at the Brinton House last summer, and I’m very happy to be back at the House again this year.

I graduated with a Master’s degree in education from Arcadia University in 2015, and during the school year I work as a teacher. I’ve learned a lot about teaching and about history from being a tour guide at the Brinton House, and I’m looking forward to being able to share my passions for teaching and learning, and for history, with visitors.

I’m also eager to share the Brinton House’s memorable material culture and fascinating stories. The House does a wonderful job of immersing anyone in the past, and it’s always a pleasure to be able to show this to visitors. Hope to see you there!


From the Executive Director
Robert Bennett

Robert Bennett

A new season at the Brinton 1704 House has begun, and we are off to a great start! We’ve had many first-time and repeat visitors throughout the month of May. We’ve had so many young people come by to volunteer with us, helping with leading tours, archive processing, research, cleaning, and just about anything else we might need to do! We’re very grateful.

We are proud to announce that the Brinton 1704 House is the recipient of a grant from the Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts for the alleviation of light damage to the objects in the house. We will make curtains and install UV filters on the windows.

On a personal note, I’m sad to say that I will be leaving the Brinton 1704 House as its executive director. I’ve received and accepted a job offer at the National Archives. My wife Ann and I are going to miss the 1704 House very much, but we have joined the board of directors, so we will be able to stay involved with the house that we have come to love so much.


Halloween Open House
Saturday, October 31, 2015

Halloween Open House and Lantern Tour 2015

Enjoy games and treats during the special harvest-themed open house.

Where: Brinton 1704 House, 21 Oakland Road, West Chester, PA 19382
When: Saturday, October 31, 2015 at 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Admission: Adults: $8.00. Children: $5.00.
Contact: 610-399-0913 or 1704house@brintonfamily.org

Halloween Lantern Tour
Saturday, October 31, 2015

Find out what goes bump in the night, and experience a rare opportunity to explore the 1704 House in the dark! Light refreshments served. Tour begins at 6:30 PM.

Where: Brinton 1704 House, 21 Oakland Road, West Chester, PA 19382
When: Saturday, October 31, 2015. Tour begins at 6:30 PM.
Admission: $20.00. Reservations required.
Contact: 610-399-0913 or 1704house@brintonfamily.org


Celebrate Archaeology Month
Saturday, October 17, 2015

Archaeology Month October, 2015

Dig into History and Archaeology at the Brinton House. The whole family can dig in the dirt, touch real artifacts and enjoy light refreshments. The House will be open for tours.

Where: Brinton 1704 House, 21 Oakland Road, West Chester, PA 19382
When: Saturday, October 17, 2015 at 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Admission: Adults: $8.00. Children: $5.00.
Contact: 610-399-0913 or 1704house@brintonfamily.org


Family Genealogy And Summer Fun Fest
Saturday, July 18, 2015

Where: Brinton 1704 House, 21 Oakland Road, West Chester, PA 19382
When: Saturday, July 18, 2015 at 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Admission: Adults: $8.00. Children (under 12): Free.
Contact: 610-399-0913 or 1704house@brintonfamily.org


Spring Open House
Saturday, May 2, 2015

Celebrate spring and the opening of the Brinton 1704 House for the season with living history interpretation, light refreshments, and guided tours of the House and budding garden.

Where: Brinton 1704 House, 21 Oakland Road, West Chester, PA 19382
When: Saturday, May 2, 2015 at 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Admission: Suggested Contribution: $3.00
Contact: 610-399-0913 or 1704house@brintonfamily.org


2014 Candlelight Christmas Tour

Brinton 1704 House on the 2014 Candlelight Christmas Tour
The Brinton 1704 House was featured as one of the stops on the 2014 Candlelight Christmas Tour.

The 2014 Candlelight Christmas Tour was a great success. Despite inclement weather hundreds of visitors enjoyed cakes, cookies, cider and history. The Brinton 1704 House was alighted and beautifully decorated. Thanks to the visitors and volunteers who made it a special day.


Executive Director, Robert Bennett, Featured In UMBC Honors College Articles

University of Maryland Baltimore County, an honors university, has featured Robert Bennett, Executive Director of the Brinton 1704 House and Historic Site, in two articles in 2014.

In the first article, entitled “Alumni Interview: Robert Bennett ’12”, Robert gives a first-person account of his research into his father's ancestry. Robert discovered that he is related to Ann Brinton, the sister of William Brinton, Jr. and the wife of early colonist John Bennett. Eventually, Robert's research led him to the William Brinton 1704 House.

The second article is called “Family Ties” in the UMBC magazine under the section “History Rooted In The Community”. This article describes the personal story that ties Robert to the Brinton 1704 House.


Genealogy And Summer Fun Festival
July 19 – 20, 2014
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

William Brinton 1704 House from the side
The Brinton 1704 House on a beautiful spring day.

Brinton Reunion In Utah
June 27 – 29, 2014

Join the Brintons and other families and friends as they celebrate the 200th birthday of “Grandpa Brinton,” David Brinton (actual birthday December 29, 1814).

Events include a day at Seven Peaks Water Park in Provo, Utah. Catch up and visit with fellow Brintons as you enjoy the park.

Also, the reunion includes kids events such as birthday parties, decorating cup cakes, coloring contests and much more.

Get complete details about the Brinton Reunion in Utah.


What's In A Name? Roots To Branches Of An Old Family Tree

Chadds Ford Historical Society and the Brinton Association of America present an exhibit about genealogy.

Where: Chadds Ford Historical Society Barn Visitors Center, 1736 Creek Road, Chadds Ford, PA
When: The exhibit is open to the public from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM during weekdays through December 1, 2013. And from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM on Saturdays and Sundays from May 25 up to September 1, 2013.
Contact: 610-388-7376

Learn more at Chadds Ford Historical Society.