Brandywine Valley, nestled amidst the rolling hills of northern New Castle County, Delaware and southern Chester County, Pennsylvania, offers a glimpse of the extravagant lifestyle of one of the wealthiest American families of the 19th to 20th centuries. The DuPonts built estates and gardens that today attract millions of visitors from around the world. The Brandywine Valley offers historic attractions, art museums, scenic countryside and plenty of outdoor recreation opportunities. Enjoy these photos and learn about the main attractions in the Brandywine region.
For more getaway planning information, see A Visitors Guide to the Brandywine Valley
Hagley Museum Visitors Center
The Hagley Museum is a great place to start your tour of the Brandywine Valley. The 235-acre site along the Brandywine River houses the original DuPont gunpowder mills, estate and gardens. The museum features exhibits, demonstrations of the powder mill machinery and tours of the first DuPont family home built in 1803.
The original DuPont gunpowder mills, estate and gardens are located along the beautiful Brandywine River. Families are welcome to bring a picnic lunch and enjoy it under a shady tree along the river.
Hagley Powder Yard
The Hagley Museum engages all ages with its exhibits and demonstrations of the gunpowder mill machinery that led to the success of the DuPont Company.
Original DuPont Family Home
Visitors can tour the original DuPont family home at the Hagley Museum. Five generations of the DuPont family lived in the house from 1802 until 1890.
The original DuPont property included 235 acres along the the Brandywine River and included powder mills, workers offices, the original family home and gardens. The E. I. du Pont Restored Garden has flowers, herbs and vegetables in a traditional French style.
Longwood Gardens is a 1,077-acre horticultural showplace including 20 outdoor garden areas, 4 acres of indoor Conservatory gardens and 11,000 different types of plants. In the spring, Longwood features its Flower Garden Walk with tulips in a rainbow of color.
Built in 1919, Longwood Gardens is the living legacy of Pierre S. DuPont, and is the most renowned attraction in the Brandywine Valley. The Gardens offers classes and workshops, flower shows, gardening demonstrations, garden walks and other special events.
Longwood Gardens has 4 acres of indoor Conservatory gardens and offers special events every day of the year.
The conservatories at Longwood Gardens provide a great destination to enjoy flowers and plants year-round.
Winterthur, the 1,000 acre estate of Henry Francis Du Pont, houses a collection of more than 85,000 American antiques and decorative arts. The 175 period rooms, exhibition galleries and gardens are open for tours and a variety of special events.
During a tour of the Winterthur Estate, visitors see a selection of the 175 period rooms that house more than 85,000 American antiques and decorative arts collected by Henry Francis Du Pont.
The 1,000 acre estate of Henry Francis Du Pont houses a collection of more than 85,000 American antiques and decorative arts.
Henry Francis Du Pont collected a variety of American antiques and decorative arts including furniture, textiles, paintings, prints, pewter, silver, ceramics, glass, needlework and brass.
Visitors may take a self-guided walk or a narrated tram ride through the gardens at Winterthur, the 1,000 acre estate of Henry Francis Du Pont. The gardens are set along rolling hills with streams and meadows.
Rockwood Park and Mansion, the English country estate, owned and operated by New Castle County, features unique gardens and a Rural Gothic mansion which was built in 1851 by Joseph Shipley, a Quaker merchant banker. Guided tours of the mansion are available by reservation.
Rockwood Banquet Room
The Carriage House and Walled Garden at Rockwood Park are available for rent for private events.
Rockwood Mansion, the English country estate, owned and operated by New Castle County, was built in 1851 by Joseph Shipley, a Quaker merchant banker. Guided tours of the mansion are available by reservation.
Delaware Museum of Natural History
The Delaware Museum of Natural History features an extensive collection of sea shells, an African watering hole, a giant squid, dinosaur skeletons, and an interactive Discovery Room with hands on activities for kids.
Delaware Art Museum
The Delaware Art Museum features a world-renowned collection of American art and illustration and British Pre-Raphaelite art. The Copeland Sculpture Garden, on the grounds of the museum, shows the works of contemporary sculptors.
Copeland Sculpture Garden
The Copeland Sculpture Garden, on the grounds of the Delaware Art Museum, shows the works of contemporary sculptors.
Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts
The Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts presents more than 30 temporary art exhibitions in all media including painting, sculpture, photography and installation art. DCCA also offers educational programs, gallery talks and family events.
Mt. Cuba Center
Mt. Cuba is a horticultural institution dedicated to the study, conservation, and appreciation of native Appalachian Piedmont plants, with the region's finest woodland wildflower gardens.
Mt. Cuba Center
Mt. Cuba Center is dedicated to the study, conservation, and appreciation of native Appalachian Piedmont plants, with the region's finest woodland wildflower gardens.