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Hagley Museum and Library

298 Buck Rd., Wilmington, DE 19807
302-658-2400
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Ranked #2 of 41 attractions in Wilmington
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: History Museums, Historic Sites, Libraries
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: The original site of the Du Pont mills, founded in 1802.
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chadds ford
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Fascinating, real life insight into early history of industrial America, specifically the beginning of the DuPont Company - - - over 200 years ago. The facilities are excellent and the grounds along the banks of the Brandywine River beautiful.

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Wilmington, Delaware, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Shows the history of the DuPont company & how it started on the banks of the Brandywine; some great historically significant machinery on display.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW via mobile

Great place for those with an interest in American history. Preserved /restored powder mills where E. I. DuPont settled after moving from France.

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Wilmington, Delaware
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Beautiful estate with rich Delaware history; well worth the trip. The mansion, outbuildings and surrounding estate are gorgeous; live exhibits are interesting.

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Ottawa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014 NEW

As a retired engineer, I love this place. It's a monument to the Industrial Revolution and the use of stream-driven water power for the nation's first premier gunpowder plant! The best part of my visit: demonstrations using water-turbine-driven machines to (1) mill and purify charcoal, saltpeter and sulfur into gunpowder; and (2) operate a fully operating machine shop, complete with... More

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Barnegat, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

This is a wonderful attraction once you get past the DuPont commercial exhibit on the second floor. There is much bussing and walking to get from place to place so it is best to stay away on rainy days. Lots of bang for the buck and a surprisingly good lunch reasonably priced. The gunpowder plant is a blast.

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Minneapolis
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

You can either take a walking tour on your own, which takes about a hour. Or, you can sign up for the 2+ hour formal tour. The longer tour is offered twice a day and the timing of our arrival did not coincide well with that. The self led tour was fairly interesting and we learned a fair amount and... More

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Apex, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

We recently visited Hagley after reading some reviews here on TA. We were not disappointed. There were plenty of signs out on the roads leading us to the correct entrance. The staff was very helpful about what there was to see and then offered more area information. We took the guided tour after seeing the 3 levels of the museum.... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

The current walking tour of the river water operated mills and first duPont family mansion on top of the hill is very informative and well worth the $14 adult fee any time of year. I've been there four times and am not bored.

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Cary, NC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2014

I had 1/2 day off in Wilmington and decided to visit this place. It was fantastic. As I didn't come during one of the guided visits, I visited the house on my own. It's a great story of DuPont. However the house is nothing compared to the area behind it. I needed some peace of mind, and nothing like this... More

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