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
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