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Address: 200 Hagley Creek Rd, 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: 2-3 hours
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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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Hagley, ralaxing day trip

Length of time. As little or as long as you like. There are different itinerary options on their website. I took my time, saw it all, walked back to the visitor center instead... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Sherry M
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West Chester, Pennsylvania
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West Chester, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Length of time. As little or as long as you like. There are different itinerary options on their website. I took my time, saw it all, walked back to the visitor center instead of the shuttle. I was there more than 4 hours. But you could do a quick 1.5 hours and see just part of it. Stay on the... More 

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New Jersey, USA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

They have kept a feel for what life was like in the late 1800s. It becomes obvious also how much the water power from the Brandywine River was the driving force in the development of the area. The Museum has a very effective display tracing the history of the area and it’s importance. The tour of the mansion and garden... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Hagley is a hidden gem in the Brandywine Valley: It has it all! Walk along the lovely shaded creek (really a river!), tour the mansion, see the new exhibit of patent models (check for hours), experience simple machines (kids), see demos of the gear/belt/waterwheel machine shop. Eat good food at Belin Cafe, see the old schoolhouse, and much more in... More 

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Ridgefield, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Definitely worth a visit. The docents were very knowledgeable and friendly. Very interesting demonstrations. Beautiful grounds. Great house tour.

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mt pleasant, sc
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The history of the refinement of gunpowder manufacturing to a higher quality gave the Dupont family the start towards the rich powerful family they became, or at least some of them did. The $14 fee includes the museum and trolley rides to the main attractions that are spread out over about seven tenths of a mile. You have to take... More 

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Hagley19807, Public Relations Manager at Hagley Museum and Library, responded to this review

Thanks so much for writing such a thorough review of your experience at Hagley! We hope you come visit again soon! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

History of the dupont Co where they started on how they made black powder The main building is a museum of the black powder mill how it was processed. Beautiful grounds for walking on your own and a demonstration of a working steam engine. You will learn about the history of dupont nylon .the brandywine river was the source of... More 

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Hagley19807, Public Relations Manager at Hagley Museum and Library, responded to this review

Thanks so much for writing a review of Hagley! We are so glad you enjoyed your experience and hope to see you again soon! More 

Westminster, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We bought the Brandywine Valley Tour Pass and this was one of the sites to visit. It is situated next to the scenic Brandywine River and gives an informative history lesson on the Du Pont family. We were able to learn about the gunpowder industry and the machinery that was used. Access to the DuPont home is by bus only.... More 

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Hagley19807, Public Relations Manager at Hagley Museum and Library, responded to this review

Thank you so much for writing such a nice review of Hagley! We hope you'll come visit us again soon. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Attended Hag Ey's spring art festival and bought some wonderful paintings, met the artists. Really a nice event not to be missed. Hope they come again next year.

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Sacramento, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The name: Hagley Museum and Library isn't particularly inspiring. What if I told you that there is a gunpowder demonstration with an explosive ending? Or that this has the best museum cafe in the area? Or that the entire complex is served by an friendly and efficient staff and shuttle service? We had a terrific time even in the sweltering... More 

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Hagley19807, Public Relations Manager at Hagley Museum and Library, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a great review of Hagley! We are so glad you enjoyed your visit. Please come see us again soon! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you're visiting Delaware, don't you dare to miss The Hagley Park. Great views and explainations about Dupont family. The place should have wifi.

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