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Estates and Gardens

Travel to a time of regal estates and lush gardens. Stately homes stand at the end of long, curving driveways, each with its own historic charm.

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Winterthur Museum Azalea Bush
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Hagley Museum & Gardens
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Mt. Cuba Wildflower Celebration
  • Hagley Museum and Library : Hagley Museum and Library is where the du Pont family story began by the banks of the Brandywine River. Today, the restored riverside gunpowder mills and workers’ quarters present a picture of early American industry. The original DuPont family home and gardens still stand perched on the banks of the river.
  • Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library : Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library is home to 60 acres of naturalistic gardens and 175 rooms filled with historic displays, all focusing on specific periods of the decorative arts. The magic extends to the grounds, where visitors ride open tram cars through the meticulously designed gardens, and children can play in the magical Enchanted Woods. The lush hills erupt with blossoms each spring, inviting visitors to wander the flower-filled trails.
  • Nemours Estate : Nemours Estate stands like a little slice of Old-World European royalty, complete with rare French 18th century furniture and formal French gardens that offer a dramatic view past gilded statues and sparkling fountains toward the main house. Built by Alfred du Pont, the 102-room Nemours is inspired by Versailles’ Petit Trianon.
  • Mt. Cuba Center : Mt. Cuba Center has been transformed into lush botanical gardens featuring some of the region’s most beautiful native plants. Tucked away in the wooded rolling hills of Northern Delaware, this is a hidden gem and ideal location for a relaxing afternoon picnic.
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