Victorine's Valentine's Day

A child cuts out paper for a valentine

Victorine's Valentine's Day

NEXT DATE:   |   11 a.m. to 4 p.m.   |  
category: Family Programs  |  location: Visitor Center

See how chocolate is made with demonstrations by Arden-based chocolate makers Double Spiral Chocolate. Visitors can enjoy making Valentine’s Day cards and crafts, writing Valentine verses with a quill pen, snacking on hot chocolate and gingerbread hearts, and having their picture taken with “Victorine du Pont.” 

This is a drop-in activity, included with admission, feel free to join the fun at any time from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

This event is weather-dependent; please check for updates in the event of inclement weather.

Children's valentine activities

This event celebrates the life and legacy of Victorine du Pont Bauduy. Victorine was the eldest daughter of E. I. du Pont, who built the mills on the Brandywine. She fell in love with Ferdinand Bauduy, the son of E. I.’s business partner. E. I. opposed the marriage, believing the couple was too young to be married. Ferdinand moved to France for two years, during which time Victorine pined for him. After two years, E. I. relented, and the young couple joyfully married in 1813.

Tragically, eleven weeks after their marriage, Ferdinand became ill and passed away. Victorine was heartbroken, but after a long period of grief, she found a new passion in her life. Victorine threw herself into teaching at the Brandywine Manufacturers’ Sunday School. She remained the superintendent until her death in 1861.

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