Maps and photographs of the DuPont Brandywine Works property1826-1985 Majority of material found within 1903-1927
- Majority of material found within 1903-1927
- Pierce, Mary Jane H. (Mathewson) (Collector, Person)
- E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company (Organization)
Concurrent with the construction of the gunpowder yards in 1802 was the completion of Eleutherian Mills, the first du Pont family home built in America. Built by Éleuthère Irénée du Pont, the home sat on a hill and overlooked Brandywine Creek and the DuPont gunpowder yards. Members of the du Pont family constructed large houses throughout the Brandywine Valley, many of which were located within a three-mile radius, including Winterthur, Rencourt, Nemours, and Pelleport. Following the closure of the powder yards in 1921, the Brandywine Works and much of the surrounding property was divided among du Pont family members for estates. In 1952, members of the du Pont family donated much of the land on which the former powder yards stood, and the DuPont Company created an endowment for the Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Foundation for the purpose of preserving the site and establishing a museum. The site opened as a museum in 1957 and was designated a National historic Landmark in 1966.
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A small series of large-format photographs depict various scenes and events from the Brandywine Works and the city of Wilmington in general. These include a group photograph of members of the DuPont Gun Club as well as the Clay Target Club celebrating a trapshooting victory with a dinner at the Hotel DuPont. There is a also a panoramic view of the new machine shop office near the Hagley Yard gates, and a group photograph of members of the Wilmington Elks Lodge No. 307 standing in an unidentified street in downtown Wilmington. A group of three aerial photographs taken in 1959, 1984, and 1985 depict the DuPont Co. Experimental Station and the various modifications undertaken at the facility and surrounding properties over a twenty-five year period.
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- Maps and photographs of the DuPont Brandywine Works property
- Clayton J. Ruminski
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