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Du Pont Hagley Museum – The Mansion

E.I. du Pont’s home was a Georgian-style structure located above the powder mills.  Considering the frequency of explosions at the mills below, the house sustained damage so many times that du Pont kept lots of spare window glass in the barn.  One large explosion caused extensive damage requiring the family to move to another location while the house was rebuilt.  Factory buildings below the house were never rebuilt, and were replaced with a Greek-inspired gardens.  However the ground was unstable and the gardens have fallen in on themselves.

The E.I. du Pont mansion at Eleutherian Mills

The E.I. du Pont mansion at Eleutherian Mills

As the company grew, du Pont moved the company offices into a separate building adjacent the house.  The office filing system was a series of wooden cubbyholes.  The office safe was not meant to protect cash, but rather to protect the company books and records from the frequent explosions.

Pigeon-hole Filing System in the company office

Pigeon-hole Filing System in the company office

Fall colors brighten the hillside above the du Pont mansion.

The colors of falls outside the mansion

The colors of falls outside the mansion

One of the barn out buildings and ice house are made from the local stone abundantly found in the area.

A utility building adjacent the barn near the mansion

A utility building adjacent the barn near the mansion

There are several shallow dams on the Brandywine River to insure sufficient water for the mill to operate.

A dam on the Brandywine River just below the powder mills

A dam on the Brandywine River just below the powder mills

The Hagley Mills building is now the visitor center and museum.  Maples in fall colors provide bright splashes of orange and red.

Striking fall colors at the HagleyMuseum visitor center

Striking fall colors at the HagleyMuseum visitor center

References:

Hagley Museum

Hagley Museum and Library  (surprisingly, this Wikipedia site has more historic information than the Hagley site!)

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