Duration of Tour: All day
Even with a full day to explore Hagley, it still can be a challenge to get it all in. In order to take in both the industrial history of the site and the natural beauty, we recommend four primary stops with strolling and sitting in between!
Begin your visit on the first floor of the Visitor Center to learn about who the du Ponts were and why they chose the Brandywine valley for their new home. Take the elevator to the third floor to get a peek at DuPont innovations in their second century that included nylon, Teflon, NASCAR products, Kevlar, and more. (30 minutes)
Exit the back of the Visitor Center and take the bus to the Residence at the other end of the property. (buses depart on the hour and half hour). On a 10-minute ride through the property you will see and hear about the black powder yards that were the foundation of today’s family and company. On the upper property, take a guided tour through the first family home in America, the first office of the company, and the first du Pont garden in the Brandywine Valley. After the tour, visit Lammot’s workshop, explore the garden in more depth and visit the barn, the first building built by the family. In the barn you will see exhibitions of weather vanes, antique vehicles (including a Conestoga wagon), and a special exhibition on DuPont Motors and the elegant cars they made in the 1930s. (90-120 minutes)
Take the bus back down to the Powder Yards (be sure to hop off the bus for the 5-minute steam engine demonstration along the way). Get off the bus on Workers Hill where you can have lunch at the Belin House Organic Café and explore on your own part of a DuPont worker’s community and learn how they lived, worked, and played just outside the powder yards. (60 minutes depending on dining)
Stroll down Worker’s Hill into the heart of the Powder Yards and step into the Millwright Shop where you can see demonstrations in our nineteenth-century machine shop, two historic water turbines in action, see, feel, and hear the action of the only operating roll mill in the country, and end here with an explosive finish! Explore and savor the rest of the Powder Yards at your own pace. Walk or catch the bus back to the Visitor Center and Museum Store. (90-120 minutes). Come back because there’s more to see!