Wilmington Journals

Wilmington, Land of DuPonts

A travel journal to Wilmington by gorboduc

Quote: The area around Wilmington Delaware is beautiful, bucolic, and full of DuPont family history.

Wilmington, Land of DuPonts

Overview

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Visit the house and gardens at Winterthur, the estate of Henry Fancis DuPont. The gardens are especially fine in early April, when banks of daffodils are in bloom and mauve Sicilian Windflowers bloom in the shade of tall woods. The house and its collection of American antiques and decorative arts are an interesting destination all year round. Further back in the DuPont family tree is Hagley, site of the original DuPont home and powder mills. Here you can learn about the process of powder milling, and take a glimpse into American business at the dawn of the industrial revolution.Quick Tips: If you're in Wilmington proper, stop by the Green Room resturant (in the Hotel DuPont), at l...Read More

Winterthur Museum: Garden Shop

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Attraction | "Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library"

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Winterthur is set in the rolling hills to the west of Wilmington. It was once the home of Henry Francis DuPont, a devoted horticulturalist and one of the foremost collectors of American antiques and decorative arts. General admission includes a tram tour of the extensive gardens and admission to a small group of exhibits on display in the galleries. It costs $10. The gardens are lovely, set in acres of rolling hills. They are most striking in the spring, when many varieties of daffodils are in bloom, and early summer, when the mountain laurel, rhododendron, and azaleas which grow beneath the canopy of the forest garden are flowering. Kids will especially love the new Enchanted G...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 11, 2002

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

Hagley Museum and Library

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Attraction | "Hagley/the DuPont Powder Mills"

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About four miles from Winterthur lies the home of the founder of the DuPont family, Eleuthère Irénée du Pont. The site also includes the DuPont powder mill - not the original, which, despite DuPont's strict safety regulations, blew up a number of times - but a slightly more recent incarnation. The mill is set on the banks of the Brandywine River, which provided the power needed for the giant grinding stones that milled the gunpowder into uniform grains. You can watch "powder" being milled and look at the steam engine and other exhibits in the machine shop. Set into a hill above the grinding mills are the homes of the mill workers. Setting houses into the hillside not only kept the ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 11, 2002

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