Spend the holidays exploring the du Pont family's magnificent estates including the Hagley Museum, Nemours Mansion and Gardens, and Winterthur.View Dates & Book
Trip Duration: 2 Days
Meals Included: 1 breakfast, 2 Lunches, 1 Dinner
Tour Director: Yes
Guided "Brandywine Tour" of Hagley
Situated on 235 picturesque acres along the Brandywine River, the Hagley Museum is the birth site of the DuPont Company. Among industrial ruins and restorations, today's park-like museum depicts home and work life in a 19th-century industrial community.
Take a journey through the historic DuPont Company black powder yards and the garden and grounds of the first du Pont family home in America. This tour will show guests what makes Hagley uniquethe black powder yards, the historic machinery, and the original home of the du Pont family in America. Guests will see demonstrations of their nineteenth-century machine shop, watch a water turbine bring their eight-ton iron roll mills to life, and witness a black powder explosion. On the second half of the tour, guests will visit the du Pont family home, the first office, and their first garden and learn about how the family lived, worked, and played at Hagley.
Holidays at Hagley 2023: Celebrating the Little Things in Life
Tour Eleutherian Mills and encounter the holiday decorations and traditions of multiple generations of the du Pont family. This year, they are celebrating the little things in life that bring us joy in the holiday season. Whether literal small items such as pocket watches and poetry books, or festive traditions shared with a small circle of family and friends, Eleutherian Mills will inspire visitors to pay close attention to their own favorite little things this holiday season.
Nemours Mansion and Gardens
Nemours is the 300-acre country estate of the late industrialist and philanthropist Alfred I. Dupont. Located on the grounds of the renowned Alfred I. Dupont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware, it derives its name from the town in France represented by Mr. Dupont's great-great-grandfather, Pierre Samuel Dupont de Nemours, as a member of the French Estates General in 1789. The mansion looms over the surrounding formal gardens and is furnished with fine antiques, famous works of art, beautiful tapestries, and other treasures. The grounds surrounding the mansion extend for one third of a mile along the main vista from the house, and are among the finest examples of French-style gardens in the United States. Visitors must be over 12 years of age.
Brandywine Museum of Art
19th century gristmill converted into museum which houses paintings by 3 generations of the Wyeth Family & other American artists.
Winterthur Guided Tour
Almost 60 years ago, collector and horticulturist Henry Francis du Pont (1880-1969) opened his childhood home, Winterthur, to the public. Today, Winterthur (pronounced "winter-tour") is the premier museum of American decorative arts, with an unparalleled collection of nearly 90,000 objects made or used in America between about 1640 and 1860. The collection is displayed in the magnificent 175-room house, much as it was when the du Pont family lived here, as well as in permanent and changing exhibition galleries.
Winterthur is set amidst a 1,000-acre preserve of rolling meadows and woodlands. Designed by du Pont, its 60-acre naturalistic garden is among America's best, with magnificent specimen plantings and massed displays of color. Enjoy the Garden Tram where you can sit back & let the tram guide you throughout the garden. (Tram subject to weather conditions)
Need to Know:
*IMPORTANT* Please note there is no baggage handling available on this trip. Please plan on handling your own luggage while staying at this hotel.
Nemours Mansion - is ADA-accessible, as are the paved roads which run through the property; however, the gardens and grounds are not.
Winterthur - Wheelchairs are available at no cost at the Visitor Center, Galleries Reception Atrium, and the Museum Store for visitor convenience. Please note that a companion is needed to push these wheelchairs.
Hagley - Hagley is largely an outdoor experience with uneven terrain. Most of Hagleys buildings are accessible for persons with disabilities but not all historic structures can accommodate wheelchairs. Wheelchairs are available at no charge on a first-come, first-served basis in the Visitor Center
Eyre has a select quantity of wheelchair accessible motorcoaches available; therefore, we suggest you contact a Travel Advisor to discuss any needs you may have before reserving your trip.
Tentative Pick Ups:
7:30am Silver Spring/Rockville @ Georgia Avenue Park & Ride
7:45am Silver Spring @ Leisure World Clubhouse II
8:15am Ellicott City @ Long Gate Park & Ride
8:45am Towson @ Cromwell Bridge Park & Ride
Travel to Wilmington, DE
Guided "Brandywine Tour" at Hagley Museum
Boxed lunch included at Hagley Museum
Self-guided tour of Nemours Mansion and Gardens
One overnight at DoubleTree Hotel Wilmington (No Baggage Handling)
Dinner included at Big Fish Grill on the Riverfront
Breakfast included at hotel
Self-Guided Tour of Brandywine Museum of Art
Guided tour of Winterthur (includes access to Gardens and Tram) including boxed lunch
Tentative Drop Offs:
3:00pm Towson @ Cromwell Bridge Park & Ride
3:45pm Ellicott City @ Long Gate Park & Ride
4:30pm Silver Spring/Rockville @ Georgia Avenue Park & Ride
4:45pm Silver Spring @ Leisure World Clubhouse II
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DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Wilmington in Delaware
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Wilmington in Delaware is conveniently located adjacent to the Concord Mall and local Brandywine Valley attractions. The hotel features a Fitness Room. Guestrooms include coffee maker, hair dryer and iron/board.
Hotel is 100% smoke free. Individual Guests must leave a valid credit card in the amount of $50 per day at the time of check in for incidentals.
Please note, there is no baggage handling.
Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.
Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.
|Ellicott City|| Long Gate Park and Ride |
Meadowbrook Ln, Ellicott City, MD 21043
|Leisure World|| Leisure World - Club House II (Residents ONLY) |
3300 N Leisure World Blvd, Silver Spring, MD 20906
|Silver Spg/Rockville, MD|| Georgia Ave Park & Ride |
16000 Georgia Ave, Rockville, MD 20853
|Towson, MD|| Cromwell Bridge Park & Ride |
Cromwell Bridge Rd Towson, MD 21286
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