Take a tour of the several mansions built by the wealthy du Pont family—founder of the DuPont Co., an innovative and progressive company that took root in the Brandywine Valley. Start your tour at the Hagley Museum and Library, the very site where the company started in 1802. Here, see remnants of the early gunpowder industry, many restored buildings, and the du Pont family’s first home built in America. But there is also the Nemours Estate, a 77-room mansion Alfred du Pont built for his second wife, Alicia, in 1903. The home, surrounded by meadow and woodland, has been nicknamed America’s “Versailles in the Brandywine Valley” for the largest French formal gardens in the country.


Visit the Delaware Art Museum, where its offerings include art collections both historical and contemporary, a library and archives, and sculpture garden. There is also a bookshop and cafe. The Delaware History Museum features items that help tell the history of the First State. The museum offers group tours of the facility and guided tours of six or more people of Wilmington’s historic Market Street. Be sure to also stop by the Mitchell Center for African American Heritage to be educated on the African American experience from 1639 to the present, told through art and artifacts, music, and oral history interviews.


For those looking to please their palate, Wilmington has offerings that will not disappoint. Bardea Food & Drink serves “interpretive Italian cuisine specializing in shared plates utilizing fresh ingredients sourced from Italy as well as from local farms and purveyors,” reads information from the establishment’s menu. Here, visitors will find everything from snacks to pasta and pizzas as well as crowd-pleasing group menu offerings. Afterward, grab some Delaware coffee at Brew HaHa!


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Main Image: Bardea Food & Drink; Credit: Moonloop Photography