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Through Unseen Estates Of Brandywine Valley

Posted on November 22, 2009 | Remarkable DrivesNo Comment


brandywine valley pennsylvaniaBrandywine Valley, Pennsylvania and Delaware

The landed gentry of America are acknowledged subsequent to voyaging Brandywine Valley. The remembrance of spendthrift class of the 1900’s can be observed in the old manors of the superrich. The parklands and chattels built by du Ponts, one amongst the richest families of U.S., embraced exquisite backyards and loaded with top-notch artworks. E.I. du Pont was the first among the du Ponts to enter America, somewhere around 1810. He not only sowed fruit seeds near Brandywine but seeds of richness for the next generations. His novelistic idea of producing gunpowder made him expand his business. The next few generations took over the existing business and also expanded into consumer goods and plastics.

Route-Map

The journey of 12 miles through Brandywine Valley from Kennett Square to Wilmington reveals an array of panoramas. The meadows and wineries lying throughout the gorge are, even today, conserved doggedly by inhabitants. Initially the slender, entwining road chases the coastline of the river that subsequently gushes through a path that is sheltered by oaks and scented by mauve bushes.

Longwood Gardens first

In Pennsylvania, the Longwood Gardens is located around 3 miles away (northeast) from Kennett Square. Now open for all, the Longwood gardens were designed by Pierre du Pont, in person. Stroll through the walkway provided among the lush green ocean. More thn 5,500 types of vegetation can be found in the greenhouse that covers the land of over 4.6 acres. He also designed few fountains that squirted water with every change in the luminosity and music beats.

longwood garden

Luxurious hotel?

Exit Longwood Gardens and drive few miles on Route 52 to enter the National Scenic Byway, which roves through Brandywine Valley that permits you few glances of the parkland and manors concealed in the greenery. Zoom on this byway for another 7 miles and take a left near Kirk Road. Spot an enormous ancient shelter which is a hotel in Montchanin Village. Started in 1799, the construction of these 11 edifices took a long time to conclude in 1910. This hotel has twenty eight rooms with fireplaces, personal backyards full of fragrant flowers, and cushiony beds. Sounds like a very luxurious room? Now get astonished to learn that these were the houses of the laborers who worked in DuPont Black Powder Mills.

Hagley Museum

Du Pont history is simply amazing and inspiring. It becomes more exciting when learned in the dignified Hagley Museum. Drive 1 mile from Montchanin Village to reach here. The museum exhibits DuPont’s creative inventions from nylon to the vintage engines of NASCAR driving cars. Next, drive south on route 100 and take a left when on route 141 observe the gunpowder factory built by E.I. du Pont. Along with his industrial units, also glance at the tiny stone edifices of ancient era. Exactly about the factories, on the crags, is the first house of du Pont’s in America named Eleutherian Mills. Five generations of this family lived in this edifice of three stories. The shed there, still covers the ancient vehicles, one of them being the roadster built in 1928 by E. Paul du Pont. This beautiful route through du Pont’s history and other ancient structures provides an excellent insight about the standard of living in the du Pont era.

Hagley Museum

Mammoth Nemours Mansion and Gardens

Drive 3 miles on route 141 to reach the vestibule of Nemours Mansion & Gardens. Nemours is a giant palace of seventy rooms that was built by Alfred I. du Pont, great grandson of E.I. du Pont. The cosmic garden in the front side garnishes the vista. The architecture of Nemours Mansion and Gardens reveals a French flavor.

1 day in Winterthur

Winterthur can be reached by driving north on route 52 for some miles. The area of 982 acres will make you spend at least one complete day to examine the objects and structures in this museum, which was once a residence of Henry du Pont. Viewable objects are the best anthology of furnishings and gates along with the structural design of the museum. The lawns around the manor house were personally designed by Henry du Pont as he was a skilled horticulturist. Every minute arrangement, from location to selection of each corm in his garden was done by him.

Brandywine River Museum and wild plants

Keep driving on U.S. 1 till you reach the Brandywine River Museum. This museum is positioned in the center of Brandywine Conservancy, which is a 10-minute drive north on route 100. This place of 3 stories, built in 1900’s, is a corn mill enclosed by wild plants. Brandywine River Museum displays the artifacts and frescos created by Wyeths. These people who resided and smeared in houses and neighboring manors.

Brandywine River Museum

Reservation needed at Mt. Cuba Center

To avoid the anxiety of progress that filled up the people of Pennsylvania, a separate and isolated hilltop island was created by Lammot du Pont Copeland that encircled their previous residence. There are a couple of paths to reach Mt. Cuba Center. An entwining route through forest serves the purpose, but with confusion. It’s advisable you take Route 141 south and northwest on 3120 Barley Mill Road.  A prior reservation through phone is must to enter Mt. Cuba. After witnessing the splendid sites of Lammont du Pont’s palace, exit Barely Mill road and take route 141 for few miles and then, move north on route 52 to enter Wilmington.

mt. cuba center delaware

Sleep in Welmington

Biggest settlement in Delaware, Wilmington is a pleasurable small town and fatherland of DuPont Company. Saunter along the riverbanks and halt at shopping stores to purchase without tax. After a long journey, an overnight stay in Hotel du Pont is the much better than you expect. The melodies of Bosendorfer keyboard played in the foyer and the murals by famous painters like Andrew Wyeth and N.C. perching on the walls provides real contentment. Along with the best luxuries, this hotel exhibits traveling shows on a life-size screen.

Trip Tips

The route through Brandywine Valley is a chocolate box in all the months of the year. However, the gardens are fresher and greener in temperate months. Before starting the trip don’t forget to check the local climate on weather.com. The journey of 12 miles seems pretty short, but it will take around 3 days to view all the sites. Also, the streets are quite narrow, so it is wise to carry a GPS to steer the sites.

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