The DuPont Powder Works, the Brandywine Home Front, and the American Civil War

The DuPont Powder works served as a key and vital agent for the Union cause, producing nearly one-half of the black powder used by the Union Army and Navy. Learn the fascinating stories of the du Pont family members who served in support of gunpowder manufacturing, as well as Union soldiers and sailors. Highlighted is the alarming effect that the invasions of the North by the Confederate Army had on the Brandywine Home Front, including the Maryland Campaign resulting in the Battle of Antietam-Sept. 1862; and the Pennsylvania Campaign resulting in the Battle of Gettysburg-June/July 1863.

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Powder Yard

The first Du Pont black powder was made in these powder yards in 1804 launching one of the longest standing and most innovative American enterprises since this country’s founding.

Add-on: Hagley’s a Blast! Tour

This spectacular new, guided 30 minute experience is an optional add-on to any of Hagley’s group tours.  Guests experience the surprising effect of a burning dish gunpowder demonstration, the impressive firing of a signaling cannon, and the magnificent blast of a field mortar cannon.  The fee for this breathtaking culmination to any of Hagley’s dramatic tour experiences is $200 flat rate.  50 person maximum.


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