Hagley Museum is one of the more beautiful spots on the Brandywine River.
Hagley Museum & Gardens
Situated on more than 230 acres along the Brandywine River, Hagley Museum and Gardens offers a unique glimpse back to the days of water power in the 1800s.
Occupying the site of the early 19th-century, DuPont Company's black powder mills, Hagley is an example of an early manufacturing community, complete with working replica mills and authentically furnished worker's homes and Eleutherian Mills built in 1803, the estate of du Pont family owners E. I. du Pont. The Georgian-style residence commands a view of the Brandywine and is furnished with antiques and memorabilia of the five generations of du Ponts associated with the home.
Hagley is a year round attraction. In the summer, wander the banks of the scenic Brandywine River and witness historic water-powered mills. In the fall, spectacular foliage reflects upon glassy pools in the river during cool days and crisp evenings. Yuletide tours and wintertime at Hagley create the atmosphere of a Currier & Ives print, with Canadian geese and ice skaters on the Brandywine. In the spring, the river comes back to life renewed by the snowmelts in the Appalachian Mountains.
Visit Hagley and experience a fascinating look at how post-Colonial industrialization began. And don't forget to stop in at the tax-free museum shop for a distinctive souvenir of your journey back in time. Open 7 days a week and most holidays.
Call the Brandywine River Museum at 610.388.2700 for more information.
HENRY CLAY MILL at Hagley houses exhibits and working models of colonial mills.
ELEUTHERIAN MILLS was home to E. I. du Pont, founder of the DuPont Company. The home is open to the public as are the restored French-style garden that adjoins it.
HAGLEY POWDER WORKS
In the Powder Yard, massive stone mills and water wheels recall the time when waterpower was the source of energy. Millstreams at Hagley still channel water to operate machinery.
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