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Nemours Estate & Hagley Museum
Tour 54 Details

We will start our tour at 7:00 am in midtown Manhattan, 8th Avenue between 33rd and 34th Street on the East side of the Avenue, across the street from 5 Penn Plaza (Google Street address is 460 8th Ave. New York, NY10119. It is written 470 on the building) (Old Duane Reade building, we are not sure what it will be in 2024) DON'T BE LATE! Please come 15 minutes early to sign in.

You will be greeted by your tour guide for the day. You will sign our liability waiver, and after departure a light breakfast will be served on board the van.


On this tour we will drive to the State of Delaware where we will visit two amazing historical sites, both built by the famous Du Pont family, and both set in beautiful natural surroundings.


Hagley Museum

To go chronologically in history we will first visit the Hagley Museum. This is a large 235 acres museum complex which essentially is four museums in one, including the first residence of the du Pont family in the United States and surroundings gardens, the site of what you used to be the largest gun powder yard in the world, a section showcasing the lives of the powder yard foremen and their families, and a large visitor center, gift shop building which also includes another museum with an exhibition called Nation of Inventors. This exhibition celebrates the American spirit of ingenuity by taking visitors on a journey from the early years of the patent system. The museum is so large that a shuttle bus will take you to some of the museum buildings.


DuPont Home & Gardens

High on a bank of the Brandywine River overlooking the original powder mills, E. I. du Pont, founder of the DuPont Company, built his home. For almost a century the Georgian-style home and surrounding complex of buildings and gardens served as the center of family and business life.


Five generations of du Pont family members lived in the house since its completion in 1803. You will receive a guided tour of the home and see it much as it was when the last family member lived there.


One of the many beautiful historical buildings on the property.



Gun Powder Yard

The first Du Pont black powder was made in these powder yards in 1804 launching one of the longest standing and most innovative American enterprises. Between the company’s founding in 1802 and 1840, the yards expanded twice to include three dams, upper and lower mill races, dozens of mill buildings, and over a mile of infrastructure, much of which can still be seen today.


You will see historic stone structures that housed the powder manufacturing process, nineteenth-century machinery, waterwheels, and turbines powered by the river, line shafts that transferred energy, a sixteen-ton roll mill, a stone quarry that supplied the building material of the yards, black powder explosion demonstrations, a coal-fired steam engine, and of course the beautiful Brandywine River. During its heyday this was the largest gun powder factory in the world.


A canal dug out to divert some of the river water to run some of the mills.



Nations of Inventors

Inside the main visitor building, we will find the Nation of Inventors exhibition that celebrates the American spirit of ingenuity by taking you on a journey from the early years of the patent system, in the 1790s, through the “golden age” of American invention, in the late 1800s.


The exhibit features more than 120 patent models.




We will enjoy a lunch at a local restaurant including non-alcoholic beverage.







Nemours Estate

The Nemours Estate is a 200-acre country estate with formal French gardens and a 77-room French neoclassical mansion in Delaware.


Nemours was created by Alfred I. du Pont in 1909–10 as a gift for his second wife, Alicia. It was named for the north-central French town of Nemours, which was affiliated with his great-great-grandfather, Pierre Samuel du Pont de Nemours. 


The tour of the mansion is self-guided with trained interpretive staff available in several rooms.


You will also have amble time to explore the largest formal French garden in North America (designed after the gardens of Versailles).


You will also find a chauffeur's garage housing a collection of vintage automobiles, and 200 acres of scenic woodlands, meadows, lawns, fountains, pools, statues and more.

We will drive back to NYC.
Arrival back to NYC at approximately 8 pm.



ID: Please bring a valid government issued identification. (Adults only)

TOUR CONFIRMATION: Either on your phone or printed out

CLOTHES: According to the weather

FOOTWEAR: Good walking shoes or sneakers, do not wear dress shoes or high heels.

RAIN GEAR: Even with no rain in the forecast, we recommend you to bring some rain gear.

WATER: In a plastic bottle, especially on hot days. Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration.

CAMERA: With extra memory/film is highly recommended. You will experience beautiful historical buildings and natural sceneries.

CASH: Although our tour is classified as an "all inclusive". It is advisable to bring some cash for snacks, souvenirs and gratuities for the guide which is left to your discretion.

INSURANCE: Even if this is just a day tour, if you are concern about losing money due to illness (including Covid-19) or other unpredictable matters, we highly recommend you buy a travel insurance. We can recommend www.insuremytrip.com or www.squaremouth.com (Hines Tours is not affiliated with either of these sites in any form). We do not give tour refunds or tour credits if you are not able to make the tour for any reasons.


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