Victorine's Valentine's Day
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 www.hagley.org for updates in the event of inclement weather.
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.
Experience the du Pont ancestral home decorated for the holidays and the “Magic of Miniatures” exhibition, featuring a whimsically detailed dollhouse inhabited by miniature teddy bears!
Enjoy a rare opportunity to see Eleutherian Mills, the first du Pont family home built in America, dressed for the holidays and illuminated with softly glowing lights.
At Hagley's Invention Convention, visitors will learn how to survive in outer space.
This is a sweet family event with something for everyone. During Victorine’s Valentine’s Day, visitors can taste gingerbread, make a Victorian valentine using the “scrap” method, write valentine verses with a quill pen, and even take a photo with Victorine!
Enjoy a family-friendly festival of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement. This event features demonstrations from area makers showcasing craftsmanship and technology in a wide variety of pursuits, from 3-D printing and robotics to fiber arts and woodworking.
Second annual 5K run/walk to benefit Hagley’s Scholarship Fund. Participants can run or walk along the beautiful Brandywine through Hagley’s 235-acre property. Proceeds from the run will support field trip scholarships for area schools.