Victorine's Valentine's Day

Victorine's Valentine's Day

NEXT DATE: February 10, 2018  |   11 a.m. to 4 p.m.   |  Saturday
category: Family Programs  |  location: Visitor Center

Celebrate with your loved ones at Hagley! Victorine’s Valentine’s Day is a sweet family event with something for everyone. This is a drop-in activity, feel free to join the fun at any time from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Guests can taste gingerbread, make a Victorian valentine using the “scrap” method, write valentine verses with a quill pen, and design a candy bar wrapper. 

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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