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“Its been a while since we visited and forgot how nice it it”

Hagley Museum and Library
Ranked #1 of 58 things to do in Wilmington
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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.
Useful Information: Stroller parking, Activities for young children, Stairs / elevator, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access
Reviewed December 8, 2014

Hagley is the site of the first Dupont black powder works and the first Dupont home. It is on the banks of the Brandywine River just outside of Wilmington. We went on a cold but clear day during the Christmas holiday season. Though a Sunday afternoon it was not crowded. We toured the first company office and home. The home was nicely decorated for Christmas. We then walked along the river to see some of the black powder production artifacts (the site was decommissioned in 1921). At one point we stopped for a tour of the machine shop and also a black powder demonstration. Despite the chill in the air, we enjoyed ourselves and promised to return in the Spring. There is almost too much to see in one day. Not only is there the home and garden, there is a section on Worker's homes, a one room school house, and a several floor museum about water powered industry along the Brandywine. Because so much of it is outdoors, it is a great place for kids. There is a restaurant in the Worker's village. The gift shop is very nice. Everyone we had contact with was friendly. Our guides were all great

Thank David S
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Hagley19807, Public Relations Manager at Hagley Museum and Library, responded to this reviewResponded December 9, 2014

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Reviewed December 3, 2014

Both native Delawareans and travelers alike need to visit this extremely interesting historic site that traces the arrival of the early DuPont's from France to the US, all because of a little gunpowder. Sounds boring but Hagley makes living history come alive. The exhibits and buildings are outstanding and the setting on the beautiful Brandywine River is gorgeous. Both adults and children alike will find the complex fun and interesting. It really is a don't miss, especially the Dupont mansion Eleutherian Mills. The workers homes are a don't miss as well. There's also a very nice gift shop and cute restaurant housed in one of the historical buildings. The entire site makes for a great day!

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Hagley19807, Public Relations Manager at Hagley Museum and Library, responded to this reviewResponded December 4, 2014

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Reviewed December 2, 2014

A good look at the history of this industry and Wilmington area. We took our teenage grandchildren and they enjoyed the visit and the exhibits.

Thank LeilaLyons
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Hagley19807, Public Relations Manager at Hagley Museum and Library, responded to this reviewResponded December 4, 2014

Thank you for the review! I am very glad your grandchildren enjoyed their visit to Hagley.

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Reviewed December 1, 2014

this museum really combines industry architecture and lifestyles in 19th century America
the development of the Dupont company and its branching out from the original gunpowder
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the view of how gunpowder was manufactured and the tour of the Dupont house and garden
inform us of much of the structure of society in the 1800's
guides were all informative helpful and very pleasant
a pleasant location on the Brandywine River
really a secret gem of a place to visit

Thank Robert L
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Hagley19807, Public Relations Manager at Hagley Museum and Library, responded to this reviewResponded December 4, 2014

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Reviewed November 24, 2014

This is a wonderful and informative way to spend a day. The setting is lovely, the exhibits are well-staged and the tour guides and very friendly and informative. The shuttle makes it easy to get from one area of exhibits to another. There is something for everyone. Very young children would probably not find it enjoyable, but certainly those who are school age would find much interesting.

Thank Janet R
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Hagley19807, Public Relations Manager at Hagley Museum and Library, responded to this reviewResponded November 25, 2014

Thanks for the review! I hope you visit us again soon.

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