Suggested Itineraries

Hagley has much to offer visitors on our 235-acre property on the banks of the Brandywine in Wilmington, Delaware. From a ninety-minute visit to a full-day experience, our suggested itineraries provide some ideas on how to plan your visit.

A Taste of Hagley

If you have about ninety minutes:

Hagley has much to offer but if you only have a short time to visit you can still get a sense of our story and see some truly amazing things! 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. See through interactive exhibitions how and why the Brandywine River became an industrial stronghold in the Mid-Atlantic region. (20-30 minutes).

Exit the back of the Visitor Center and stroll between the river and the millrace into the heart of the Hagley experience—the nineteenth-century Powder Yards. (a ten-minute walk or a bus is also available) Here you will see dozens of stone ruins of the black powder industry and have the chance to see the only operating roll mill in the country. In the center of the yards, enter the Millwright Shop where you can see demonstrations in our nineteenth-century machine shop, two working water-powered turbines, and be treated to an explosive finish! Demonstrations are offered on the hour and half hour. You’ll probably only have time for one. If you have a few more minutes, be sure to visit the exhibition demonstrating how black powder was made through a series of fabulous models. Walk or catch the bus back to the Visitor Center.

From January through March, this itinerary is only available on weekends.

The Du Ponts At Home

If you have about three hours:

Learn about the du Pont family and the people who worked for them during their first 120 years in America. Begin your visit on the first floor of the Visitor Center to discover who the du Ponts were and why they chose the Brandywine Valley for their new home. See through interactive exhibits how and why the Brandywine River became an industrial stronghold in the Mid-Atlantic region. (20-30 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.

When you arrive at the Upper Property, you will be met by a guide who will lead you through the story and home of five generations of du Ponts who called Hagley home. You will visit 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. (60-90 minutes)

Catch a return bus downstream which stops on Worker’s Hill. Stop at the Belin House Organic Café for a snack or lunch and then explore on your own part of a DuPont worker’s community and learn how they lived, worked, and played just outside the powder yards. It is a 10-minute downhill stroll back to the Visitor Center via the woods trail, or the main road or you can take the bus. (30-60 minutes depending on dining needs).

From January through March, this itinerary is only available on weekends.

Industry & Innovation At Hagley

If you have about four hours:

Step into our industrial past and learn about technological innovations that have changed our world. 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. (30-45 minutes).

Exit the back of the Visitor Center and stroll between the river and the millrace into the heart of the Hagley experience—the nineteenth-century Powder Yards. As you round the first bend in the river, listen for the sounds of machinery. To the left, across the race you will see spinning line shaft that demonstrates how power from the river was transferred to work the machines of the powder yard. If you are visiting on a weekend, your next stop should be at "Easy Does It!" On your right—a hand’s on exhibition that show how simple machines make work easier. (20-30 minutes)

Continue into the center of the Powder Yards and step into the Millwright Shop on your right 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! (60 minutes).

Walk on following the river where you can explore numerous other steps in the powder-making process on your own and see the earliest mill in the yards with a working waterwheel. Your last stop should be at the Steam Engine House, just past the waterwheel. Here an operator will run the engine for you and explain how the yards functioned when the river would not cooperate. (30-45 minutes).

From here, head back to the visitor center on foot or hail any passing bus for a ride. If time permits, stop by the Belin House Organic Café for a snack or some lunch—it’s on Workers Hill, opposite the Millwright Shop.

From January through March, this itinerary is only available on weekends.

Explore & Savor Hagley

If you have the whole 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. 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!

From January through March, this itinerary is only available on weekends.

Winter Weekday Tours

January through March

Weekdays 10:30 am & 1:30 pm
Weekends, every hour beginning at 10:30 a.m. with the last tour at 2:30 p.m.

Allow two hours

Join our guide for a tour of the Museum. In the Powder Yards, learn how water power was used to power the machinery.  Visit the nineteenth-century Machine Shop and walk through dioramas showing the steps of the gunpowder making process.

The guided tour will take you to the du Pont family home and First Office of the DuPont Company overlooking the original mills.

The tour will finish on Workers' Hill where the guide will show you a Worker's Home and the Brandywine Manufacturers' Sunday School.

If time allows, spend time in the Visitor Center or enjoy lunch at the Belin House before or after your tour.

A Taste of Hagley

If you have about ninety minutes:

Hagley has much to offer but if you only have a short time to visit you can still get a sense of our story and see some truly amazing things! 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. See through interactive exhibitions how and why the Brandywine River became an industrial stronghold in the Mid-Atlantic region. (20-30 minutes).

Exit the back of the Visitor Center and stroll between the river and the millrace into the heart of the Hagley experience—the nineteenth-century Powder Yards. (a ten-minute walk or a bus is also available) Here you will see dozens of stone ruins of the black powder industry and have the chance to see the only operating roll mill in the country. In the center of the yards, enter the Millwright Shop where you can see demonstrations in our nineteenth-century machine shop, two working water-powered turbines, and be treated to an explosive finish! Demonstrations are offered on the hour and half hour. You’ll probably only have time for one. If you have a few more minutes, be sure to visit the exhibition demonstrating how black powder was made through a series of fabulous models. Walk or catch the bus back to the Visitor Center.

From January through March, this itinerary is only available on weekends.

The Du Ponts At Home

If you have about three hours:

Learn about the du Pont family and the people who worked for them during their first 120 years in America. Begin your visit on the first floor of the Visitor Center to discover who the du Ponts were and why they chose the Brandywine Valley for their new home. See through interactive exhibits how and why the Brandywine River became an industrial stronghold in the Mid-Atlantic region. (20-30 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.

When you arrive at the Upper Property, you will be met by a guide who will lead you through the story and home of five generations of du Ponts who called Hagley home. You will visit 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. (60-90 minutes)

Catch a return bus downstream which stops on Worker’s Hill. Stop at the Belin House Organic Café for a snack or lunch and then explore on your own part of a DuPont worker’s community and learn how they lived, worked, and played just outside the powder yards. It is a 10-minute downhill stroll back to the Visitor Center via the woods trail, or the main road or you can take the bus. (30-60 minutes depending on dining needs).

From January through March, this itinerary is only available on weekends.

Industry & Innovation At Hagley

If you have about four hours:

Step into our industrial past and learn about technological innovations that have changed our world. 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. (30-45 minutes).

Exit the back of the Visitor Center and stroll between the river and the millrace into the heart of the Hagley experience—the nineteenth-century Powder Yards. As you round the first bend in the river, listen for the sounds of machinery. To the left, across the race you will see spinning line shaft that demonstrates how power from the river was transferred to work the machines of the powder yard. If you are visiting on a weekend, your next stop should be at "Easy Does It!" On your right—a hand’s on exhibition that show how simple machines make work easier. (20-30 minutes)

Continue into the center of the Powder Yards and step into the Millwright Shop on your right 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! (60 minutes).

Walk on following the river where you can explore numerous other steps in the powder-making process on your own and see the earliest mill in the yards with a working waterwheel. Your last stop should be at the Steam Engine House, just past the waterwheel. Here an operator will run the engine for you and explain how the yards functioned when the river would not cooperate. (30-45 minutes).

From here, head back to the visitor center on foot or hail any passing bus for a ride. If time permits, stop by the Belin House Organic Café for a snack or some lunch—it’s on Workers Hill, opposite the Millwright Shop.

From January through March, this itinerary is only available on weekends.

Explore & Savor Hagley

If you have the whole 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. 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!

From January through March, this itinerary is only available on weekends.

Winter Weekday Tours

January through March

Weekdays 10:30 am & 1:30 pm
Weekends, every hour beginning at 10:30 a.m. with the last tour at 2:30 p.m.

Allow two hours

Join our guide for a tour of the Museum. In the Powder Yards, learn how water power was used to power the machinery.  Visit the nineteenth-century Machine Shop and walk through dioramas showing the steps of the gunpowder making process.

The guided tour will take you to the du Pont family home and First Office of the DuPont Company overlooking the original mills.

The tour will finish on Workers' Hill where the guide will show you a Worker's Home and the Brandywine Manufacturers' Sunday School.

If time allows, spend time in the Visitor Center or enjoy lunch at the Belin House before or after your tour.