Who would think that a trip to an industrial shrine would be a quintessential Holiday journey, as well as a resplendent farewell to Autumn? Let alone that seemingly endless beauty awaits in this shrine to the duPont’s black powder industry?
I made two trips with friends to the Hagley Museum and Library, near Wilmington Delaware, in another November. The vibrancy of Hagley resounds within me to this day.
I decided to work with these pictures as though hanging Hagley ornaments on a tree for NJWILDBEAUTY readers. This treasure-site also possesses a fascinating gift shop, rich in items of surpassing beauty, as well as books and other sources of information on this part of America’s industrial heritage.
French who fled the Revolution and its aftermath came to the banks of the Brandywine River, to generate uniformly milled powder for guns in our young nation.
I’m not going to tell the story, for they do it all so brilliantly there.
Industrial buildings and tools come to life with genial demonstrations.
The intricacy and beauty, to say nothing of profound durability of the stonework, astounds at every turn. This would be a geologist’s paradise.
The mansion sings of three centuries on three levels.and in its gardens.
The excursion is best when you take their bus to the top and stroll down, with leisure unknown to the men who ground the black powder, so essential to our young nation.
Hagley is worthy of the journey for the serene privilege of strolling along the Brandywine alone.
Hagley is located in Greenville, Delaware 19807, about four miles from downtown Wilmington, 30 minutes south of Philadelphia, 90 minutes north of Baltimore, and two hours south of New York City.
Museum: 200 Hagley Creek Road, Wilmington, DE 19807
(Please note that many GPS devices and Map Quest will guide you to Hagley’s administrative entrance rather than the museum entrance. If you find yourself approaching Hagley’s entrance and you go over a speed bump, you’re in the wrong place! See below for directions from the administrative entrance to the museum entrance.)
Library, Soda House, and Administration buildings: 298 Buck Road, Wilmington, DE 19807. Click here for directions to the Hagley Library, Soda House, and Administration buildings
Driving Directions to Museum
From the North: Take I-95 South to exit 8B (Rt. 202 Concord Pike/Wilmington); follow approximately one mile to DE RT 141; turn LEFT onto 141 South; at the second light, you must turn RIGHT to stay on 141 South, follow for approximately 2 miles; at the bottom of a long hill, you must turn RIGHT again to stay on 141 South; after crossing bridge watch for Hagley entrance sign on right; make a sharp RIGHT at Hagley sign onto Old Barley Mill Road; the museum entrance is at the bottom of the hill on the LEFT.
From the South: Take I-95 North to Delaware exit 5B (Newport) onto DE RT 141; follow north for 7 miles; cross through large intersection of RT 141 and RT 100; take next LEFT onto Old Barley Mill Road; the museum entrance is at the bottom of the hill on the LEFT.
If you miss the turn onto Old Barley Mill Road and cross a large bridge and find yourself at the entrance to the DuPont Experimental Station, turn RIGHT at the light, cross an iron truss bridge, turn RIGHT again and follow the river to Hagley’s entrance.
From East (Wilmington): Take RT 52/12th Street NORTH; stay RIGHT when crossing over I-95; 12th Street turns into Pennsylvania Avenue; continue for two miles to Rising Sun Lane, turn RIGHT; at bottom of hill (at River) turn LEFT on to Main Street; follow the river to Hagley’s entrance (about ½ mile)
From West (Longwood Gardens): Exit Longwood Gardens onto Rt 1 North; follow about ½ mile to Rt 52 S/Kennett Pike, turn RIGHT onto Rt 52; follow 9 miles to Breck’s Lane, turn LEFT onto Brecks Lane; follow to bottom of the hill (the river), turn LEFT onto Main Street; follow river about ½ mile to Hagley’s entrance.
From Library/Administrative Entrance to Museum Entrance: Exit straight out gates and follow to first traffic light (Rt 100), turn LEFT; follow to next traffic light (Rt 141) turn LEFT; take NEXT LEFT onto Old Barley Mill Road; follow to bottom of the hill; Hagley’s entrance will be on the LEFT.