Holidays at Hagley

Holidays at Hagley

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category: Family Programs  |  location: Visitor Center

Eleutherian Mills Holiday Display - The 1803 du Pont family ancestral home, Eleutherian Mills, will feature holiday decorations and interpretation on the French traditions of exchanging gifts on New Year’s Day and the celebration of Twelfth Night. The residence will glow with elaborate decorations that feature dining room displays, heavily decorated Christmas trees, and family-owned objects not displayed at any other time of the year. Dried flowers, greenery, fruits, and other natural materials create a beautiful holiday ambiance accentuated by soft lights and Christmas music. To complement the holiday decorations, period rooms will show how adults and children occupied their time during winter months. Indoor activities included entertaining, sewing, reading, listening to music, drawing pictures, and playing board games. Toys and games to engage children during winter included dolls, games, blocks, puzzles, special child-size furniture, and dishes and a tea party set with dishes and silverware. 

Since music was so important to the du Pont family, one new display will feature a circa 1830 English flute made by Christopher Gerock and a late 1700s French music stand owned by Mrs. Pierre Samuel du Pont de Nemours. 

Holiday highlights include the elegant Twelfth Night dessert display in the dining room, Victorian decorations and a table-top Christmas tree surrounded by toys in the upstairs parlor and library, as well as charming hand-made gifts made by the earliest generations of du Ponts who lived at Eleutherian Mills and exchanged gifts on New Year’s Day.

Holiday-Themed Family Adventure Backpacks - Designed to engage the curious minds of parents and children, the backpacks are filled with activities like a scavenger hunt, making a calling card, and decorating a historic parlor on a magnetic board. Backpacks may be checked out at the Visitors Center.

The Hagley Store - Open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., the store offers a selection of unique and seasonal items including books, jewelry, hand-crafted pieces, and children’s items.

Exhibit included in admission. Free for members.

Use Hagley’s main entrance off Route 141 in Wilmington, Delaware.

Closed December 25.

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