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The Brandywine Valley,Delaware

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A September 2002 trip to Wilmington by diminor1929

Simon Pearce on the Brandywine at Lenape Photo, Wilmington, Delaware More Photos
Quote: Just over the border from Pennsylvania, a short 45 mile hop from Philadelphia, is the beautiful Brandwine Valley,chock full of fascinating museums, outlet shopping and world class dining.

The Brandywine Valley,Delaware

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Overview

First stop on Brandywine Tour Photo, Wilmington, Delaware
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My tried and true traveling companion and I took a trip to explore the wonders of northern Delaware, including Winterthur, Delaware Museum of Natural History, the Hagley Museum, as well as some of the outstanding local establishments noted for fine food and drink. Each of the museums gives a unique perspective of Delaware's history and, believe it or not, these are much more interesting than I had previously imagined.Quick Tips: Make this a leisurely 2-day trip by booking a room in a beautiful bed and breakfast or a convenient hotel. Winterthur,(Museum & Country Estate Route 52; 5105 Kennett Pike)is located southwest of Philadelphia in the glorious horse-country and old estate farmland th...Read More

Simon Pearce on the Brandywine at Lenape

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Simon Pearce on the Brandywine at Lenape Photo, Wilmington, Delaware
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A visit to Simon Pearce is more than just a dining expereince. It is a unique opportunity to witness delicate handmade glass being blown right before your eyes. Visit an on-site shop where examples of this exquisite glassware can be purchased and then the "piece de resistance"...dinner in a superb restaurant where the same respect for perfection and crafsmanship is evident in the menu selections presented by the chef. Regional specialties such as Chadd's Ford mushrooms were offered both in an appetizer (my partner's crab-stuffed mushroom) and my salad selection of mushrooms roasted in a delicate Marsala wine then tossed with baby lettuces and spring greens. After much speculation, I ch...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 18, 2002

Simon Pearce on the Brandywine at Lenape
1333 Lenape Rd.
West Chester 19382
(610) 793-0948

Buckley's Tavern

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Restaurant

Buckley's Tavern Photo, Centreville, Delaware
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My touring partner suggested this spot as a good place for lunch in the Brandywine Valley, and as her instincts are usually right on, I agreed. Once again, she was right. This is a special place. Its historic atmosphere and contemporary menu provided an aura of good cheer. Since it was rather warm we chose not to eat on the roof veranda but stayed in the comfy air-conditioned dining room. The beautiful fireplace must be very romantic in the winter. Since I am a true fungi-fancier, I felt that a Wild Mushroom Soup from the mushroom capital of the world would be in order. It certainly was! I can't identify the mushrooms in the soup but the broth was full of their flavor, yet it was delicate a...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 30, 2002

Buckley's Tavern
5812 Kennett Pike Route 52
Centerville, Delaware 19807
(302) 656-9776

Winterthur Museum: Garden Shop

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Attraction | "Winterthur , An American Country Estate"

Winterthur Museum: Garden Shop Photo, Wilmington, Delaware
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Described as an American Country Estate, Winterthur looks and feels like a place where time stands still. As you walk into each of the period rooms, you will sense the grandeur and beauty that Dupont tried to create with the finest in craftsmanship and furnishings. You can visually experience how furniture and clocks were made (Dominy Shops). Tools used by early American craftsmen are exhibited and explained. As a frequent visitor of antique shops and flea markets where these tools are often for sale, I was very fascinated by this room. There is a special "touch-it" room for children where interactive exhibits encourage children to play and experience the past by participating in activities such as se...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 16, 2002

Winterthur Museum: Garden Shop
RR 52
Winterthur 19735
(302) 888-4620

Hagley Museum and Library

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Attraction | "Hagley Museum"

Hagley Museum and Library Photo, Wilmington, Delaware
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To really appreciate the other wonders of the Brandywine Valley, a visit first to the Hagley Museum is recommended. Here you will get an insight into the history of the Dupont family who shaped the economy and lifestyle of this area. Five generations of Duponts have been associated with the estate and visitors can see all facets of the furnishings, powder mill and gardens. Eleutherian Mills,sitting on a huge hill overlooking the Brandywine River, was built in 1803. Blacksmith Hill,located on the grounds, is where the homes of the factory workers who operated the powder mills lived. This area is also open for visitors and interpreters in period dress discuss the social and family life of the workers. N...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 28, 2002

Hagley Museum and Library
200 Hagley Rd
Wilmington, Delaware 19807
(302) 658-2400

Antiqueing in Chester County

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If Early American 18th and 19th century antiques are your passion... Chester County is the place to head. A good place to start your tour is on Rt. 30, one of the main roads that connects most towns of Chester County. Starting in the town of Wayne, The Pembroke Shop at 167 W. Lancaster Ave. is reknowned for custom made English and Continental estate furniture. A few miles down the road and off of Rt. 30 at 329 East Conestoga Road in Strafford is Wilson's Main Line Antiques who do great metal polishing and can advise you on repairs,etc...They also carry a fine variety of imported antique furniture. Travel down Rt.30 a few more miles and turn left onto King road in Malvern. This is an antique-lover...Read More