HAGLEY MUSEUM AND GROUNDS, IDEAL FAMILY HOLIDAY DESTINATION

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?

Autumn and Relic of Black Powder's Heyday

Autumn and Relic of Black Powder’s Heyday

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.

Mellow Fruitfulness

Mellow Fruitfulness

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.

Hagley's Narrow-Guage Railroad to carry the black powder

Hagley’s Narrow-Guage Railroad to carry the black powder

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.

Morning Light on Hagley Building

Morning Light on Hagley Building

I’m not going to tell the story, for they do it all so brilliantly there.

Essence of Hagley Power and Endurance

Essence of Hagley Power and Endurance

Industrial buildings and tools come to life with genial demonstrations.

Essential Water Wheel, bringing smooth-flowing Brandywine River to Mill the Powder

Essential Water Wheel, bringing smooth-flowing Brandywine River to Mill the Powder

Solidity of Hadley Construction

Solidity of Hadley Construction

If Locks Could Speak

If Locks Could Speak

Legacy of the Stonemasons

Legacy of the Stonemasons

The intricacy and beauty, to say nothing of profound durability of the stonework, astounds at every turn.  This would be a geologist’s paradise.

Power Source

Power Source

The mansion sings of three centuries on three levels.and in its gardens.

Hagley's Mansion, which replicates three centuries of duPont inhabitation

Hagley’s Mansion, which replicates three centuries of duPont inhabitation

Hagley Mansion Garlanded For Christmas as it would have been in the time of the duPonts

Hagley Mansion Garlanded For Christmas as it would have been in the time of the duPonts

Oak Leaf Hydrangea at Peak, Hagley Garden

Oak Leaf Hydrangea at Peak, Hagley Garden

Hagley Pumpkins in late light

Hagley Pumpkins in late light

Mansion and November Skies

Mansion and November Skies

Hagley's Restored Garden in November

Hagley’s Restored Garden in November

View from the Mansion, Carefully Sited on Hill to be Far from (frequent) Black Powder Explosions

View from the Mansion, Carefully Sited on Hill to be Far from (frequent) Black Powder Explosions

Brandywine Bridge

Brandywine Bridge

Brandywine Falls

Brandywine Falls

Typical Handsome Hagley Structure

Typical Handsome Hagley Structure

Built for the Ages

Built for the Ages

Late Light on Black Powder Building

Late Light on Black Powder Building

Majestic Structure, Quintessential River

Majestic Structure, Quintessential River

Tracks of Yesteryear

Tracks of Yesteryear

Still Handsome After All These Years

Still Handsome After All These Years

Venerable Wall, Black Powder Building

Venerable Wall, Black Powder Building

Fall and the River

Fall and the River

Just Fallen Oak Leaves

Just Fallen Oak Leaves

Industrial Nobility

Industrial Nobility

One Leaf of Majestic Tree -- I think Sycamore

One Leaf of Majestic Tree — I think Sycamore

Hurtling Brandywine, Impermeable Black Powder Building

Hurtling Brandywine, Impermeable Black Powder Building

Yesterday's Power

Yesterday’s Power

Stone In the Service of Black Powder -- reminding me of an altar...

Stone In the Service of Black Powder — reminding me of an altar…

Stone Masterpiece

Stone Masterpiece

Stone Mondrian

Stone Mondrian

Stone Wall with Moss and Fresh-fallen Leaves

Stone Wall with Moss and Fresh-fallen Leaves

Majestic Wall

Majestic Wall

The Past Speaks

The Past Speaks

Yellow Boxcar of Narrow-Gauge Railway

Yellow Boxcar of Narrow-Gauge Railway

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.

Strolling Hagley

Strolling Hagley

Hagley Entry Building with Wreath

Hagley Entry Building with Wreath

 Hagley is worthy of the journey for the serene privilege of strolling along the Brandywine alone.

Brandywine Serenity

Brandywine Serenity

November Rose and Brandywine

November Rose and Brandywine

Hagley Wreath in the Style of the DuPonts

Hagley Wreath in the Style of the DuPonts

 

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.

GPS Addresses

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.)

Click here for directions to the Museum via Google Maps.

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.