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Hagley Museum and Library

200 Hagley Creek Road, Wilmington, DE 19807
+1 302-658-2400
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Ranked #1 of 43 attractions in Wilmington
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Historic Sites, Libraries
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Winter Park, Florida
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

For the engineer or industrial history fan, this is a must see. You will learn a lot about how black powder was made in 1800's and the innovations introduced by duPonts.

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Columbia, MD
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65 reviews 65 reviews
19 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

Even if you have no interest in the powder factories developed by the DuPont's at this site, you cannot help but fall in love with the beautiful setting of Hagley. Stretched alongside the scenic and bubbling Brandywine River, the museum has an abundance of beautiful, tall old trees and walking paths. You will pause to watch the river tumble on... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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579 helpful votes 579 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

My sister gave me and my great nieces the most wonderful day at Hagley. In addition to the inexhaustible offerings both in the museums also also outside in Nature, Hagley gave us all the most memorable day. From young children to adults, there are many, many things to enjoy for everyone here. We arrived when the museum complex opened and... More

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Queenstown, Maryland
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85 reviews 85 reviews
44 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

We discovered Hagley while moseying around Wilmington one Sunday afternoon and are so glad we did…The grounds are on the site of a early 19th century mill along the Delaware River…The beautiful grounds include ducks, geese and swans and hug the riverside for miles…You can walk up to the mansion of the original Du Pont family who settled there and... More

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Bear, Delaware
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

Hagley offers a wide variety of things to do. The museum is packed with documents, perfect for the historian or curious person. The trails are beautiful and the preserved equipment make it that much better.

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Peefect pit stop for a few hours to do some historical sight seeing. Great for all ages. I LOVED the waterfall on site. A simple stroll around the grounds make you realize how like today is just too fast and materialistic. We all enjoyed the demonstrations from the staff, friendly and knowledgeable about everything.

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Los Angeles, California
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41 reviews 41 reviews
11 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Goes into the history of how the DuPont fortune began with manufacturing gunpowder and later explosives to fuel the country's expansion. The mansion and museum are very well done. The gunpowder works are especially interesting as the machine shop and mill areas actually still work.

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Washington
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41 reviews 41 reviews
7 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

This was one of the most delightful museums we have ever visited. The birthplace of the DuPont family business, it includes the original family home, the old gunpowder works, a few buildings from the worker's village, and a small museum at the visitor's center, where we learned, among other things, about the history of Nylon. The setting is exquisite, along... More

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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

The vast mansion, museum, library, grounds and gardens are a must for any visitor to Wilmington. Easy to reach and an absolute joy to experience. Don't miss them on any account.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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216 reviews 216 reviews
124 attraction reviews
118 helpful votes 118 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

It all started with gunpowder being produced along the Brandywine river, a very dangerous occupation at the time. Today what remains of the buildings makes for a wonderful and educational visit in a beautifully forested estate overlooking this narrow river. Especially beautiful in spring and fall with the colors. Plan on 3-4 hours including a lunch at an organic cafe... More

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