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Hagley Museum and Library

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Address: 200 Hagley Creek Road, Wilmington, DE 19807
Phone Number: +1 302-658-2400
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: Hagley is the former industrial site of the original black powder works of...
Hagley is the former industrial site of the original black powder works of the DuPont Company founded in Delaware in 1802 and powdered by the natural resources that surrounded it. Today it is 235 acres of wooded rolling hills along the rushing Brandywine River dotted with hundreds of stone ruins of the black powder industry, dozens of restored buildings associated with the business, and the first du Pont family home built in America. Here, for more than 200 years, the DuPont Company and family experimented, innovated, and pursued the American Dream. Hagley has been accredited by the American Alliance of Museums since 1972. The site is a National Historic Landmark, National Recreation Trail, and a Historic Engineering Landmark.
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Live demonstrations and home-baked cookies topped the day!

Nice day spent at Hagley. Toured the house and saw demonstrations of gunpowder and steam tools. Very interesting. Along the grounds was an additional house where the tour guide... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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Newark, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Nice day spent at Hagley. Toured the house and saw demonstrations of gunpowder and steam tools. Very interesting. Along the grounds was an additional house where the tour guide baked home made cookies that would have been eaten at the time. Delicious! Spent over three hours there--I would say plan for that time as a minimum--could have spent even more... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

We visited Hagley for the first time today. There is so much to see there that we just barely scratched the surface, but we really loved simply walking around the beautiful grounds. It is so pretty I am giving it five stars on that alone! We also managed to look at some of the intricate dioramas, sample cookies freshly baked... More 

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Wilmington, Delaware
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Amazingly beautiful and interesting historically. I went there to play Ingress and stayed longer since it was so beautiful. I'm a history buff so the gunpowder history was neat.

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LI, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Excellent interpretive guides, trails and property. We had no idea that the first of the DuPont family moved to the Brandywine River Valley in the early 1800s at the urging of Thomas Jefferson and the production line later supplied gunpowder for more than half of the Union Army during the Civil War. Production went on until about 1929. Not only... More 

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Smithtown, New York, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

The walk thru museum is not much. Once you take the bus up to the guided tour of the house and first office you really get a rich history of the DuPont family and their great contribution to Delaware history.

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

We spent an entire day visiting this museum and grounds. Every person we encountered was friendly, accommodating, knowledgeable and eager to share information with us. Start with the tour of the mansion and visit the rest after that. The cafe is reasonably priced, fast and delicious with some healthy choices for lunch. We learned so much about the DuPont family... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

This place is lush and green! It is super serene and otherworldly. If I lived nearby, I would come here for hours just to picnic or sit and think. This would be a great place to have a wedding. I love the buildings built with Wilmington Blue Rocks. The staff was so friendly and helpful. We only had a couple... More 

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Tehran
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

It was amazing! the way that they were using water mills to get the mechanical energy and running the old machines was attractive for me! beautiful museum that you need to spend a lot in it!

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new england
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

The Dupont presence is all over this region, and it was very interesting to see where their business got started. Much of the original facilities are intact and I found it interesting as to how they developed machinery and early automation to increase production. The setting along the Brandywine river is beautiful. Needless to say, there is enough outdoor touring... More 

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Purcellville, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

The DuPont powder works stretch out along the river, strange and picturesque old industrial buildings and machinery. I visited on a week day and practically had the place to myself. The historic DuPont house was fascinating because of its eclectic and whimsical collection of American folk art, particularly the colorful handmade rugs. The 3- mile walk along the river exploring... More 

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