Historic Home & Garden Tour
Explore Hagley as we usher in the holiday season. Stroll through the traditional, French E. I. du Pont Garden and Orchard. Tour the main floor of the Eleutherian Mills Residence, filled with early American handcrafted furnishings and folk art. Enjoy the spectacular views from the rear terrace overlooking the Brandywine. Head over to the Hagley Barn to see examples of vehicles used to transport black powder and a collection of weathervanes. And be inspired by a curated collection of nineteenth-century patent models on display in Hagley Library, demonstrating the American spirit of innovation.
Please note: As Hagley continues its ongoing assessment of flood damage caused by Hurricane Ida, some areas of the museum will remain closed for everyone’s safety. The visitor center, powder yard, and Workers’ Hill are closed. The exhibit Nation of Inventors will open in 2022.
In the meantime, visitors are invited to Hagley's Historic Home & Garden tour. Visitors can explore the Eleutherian Mills historic residence and garden as well as displays of Hagley’s patent models at a discounted admission rate.
Eleutherian Mills Residence
High on a bank of the Brandywine River overlooking the original black powder mills, Eleuthère Irénée (E. I.) du Pont, founder of the DuPont Company, built his home. For almost a century the Georgian-style home and surrounding complex of buildings and gardens served as the center of family and business life. You will see it much as it was when the last family member lived there, filled with furnishings and collections of American folk art alongside treasured family pieces.
E. I. du Pont Garden
The E.I. du Pont Garden is located directly in front of the Eleutherian Mills residence. At two acres, the garden is easy to view and comfortable to walk, with a charm and character worth experiencing throughout the year. The garden is restored on its original site and reflects the period of cultivation during the life of E. I. du Pont, 1803-1834. A plan drawn by E. I. du Pont in 1804 indicates the location of more than a hundred varieties of pear, apple, peach, cherry, and plum trees in the orchard, many of which you can see in the garden today. Cherries harvested from the orchard were recently used in the production of a hard cider in collaboration with Wilmington Brew Works.
The Eleutherian Mills area also features a 19th-century barn with displays of tools, weathervanes, and vehicles. Included among the vehicles is a Conestoga wagon like the ones used by DuPont to transport black powder from the powder yards to the port of Wilmington for shipment.
Models of Invention
Located in the Hagley Library are displays of patent models from Hagley’s unique collection that tell stories of innovation across a wide range of industries in 19th-century America. (Closed October 9 and December 6.)