Victorine's Valentine's Day

Victorine's Valentine's Day

NEXT DATE:   |   11 a.m. to 4 p.m.   |  
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. 

Visitors can show how much they love someone by making their own Valentine card, sending a secret message through tissue paper flowers or designing a candy bar wrapper. Get creative at the hot cocoa bar with whipped cream, chocolate chips, and other tasty treats.

This event is weather-dependent; please check www.hagley.org 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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