Explore places where beauty, opulence and history combine.
As you journey through the rolling hills of northern Delaware, you’ll find the four beautiful estates of the DuPont family, each with its own unique charm. The majestic mansions — Winterthur, Nemours, Hagley and Mt. Cuba — are also enveloped by some of America’s most stunning gardens.
“Delaware’s regal mansions and estates are a must-see for any group visiting the state,” said Liz Keller, Delaware Tourism Director. “Travelers will have a chance to discover the area’s rich history and heritage while strolling through ornate gardens, extensive antique collections and along the riverbanks of the Brandywine River.”
Combine visits to these resplendent residences with stays at Delaware’s finest hotels and meals at the area’s best restaurants, and you’ll have create an experience as grand as the homes that brought you here.
Winterthur Library, Museum and Gardens
Wander through the distinguished gardens, wrapped in naturalistic splendor, then into the extensive museum, with it 90,000-piece collection of antique decorative arts. Now is the perfect time to visit with the exhibit Costuming The Crown running through January 2020. It features the wardrobes of characters on the Emmy-winning Netflix series, which shares a dramatized history of the reign of England’s Queen Elizabeth II.
Step through the gates at Nemours Estate and be whisked away to 18th-century Europe. The meticulous landscaping and magnificent sculptures are designed to a make guests feel as if they are in the Palace at Versailles. From the exquisite 77-room home to the breathtaking flowers and fountains of the formal gardens, a visit to Nemours is sure to create memories as lasting and moving as the mansion itself.
After enjoying the DuPont mansions, spend the night at the iconic hotel that also bears the family name. Admire its lavish and ornate design between dining or having afternoon tea service, with blends inspired by DuPont mansions, at the AAA four-diamond rated Green Room. Then watch the best of Broadway without even leaving the building at the Playhouse on Rodney Square.
Hagley Museum & Library
See where the DuPont family and the DuPont company got their start along the scenic Brandywine River. Stroll past the brick mill buildings where the current still spins waterwheels, like it did when the production facility opened at the start of the 1800s. Then learn about the history of American innovation and the tiny history of invention in the country by examining the museum’s large patent model collection.