Sunday, July 29, 2018

Winterthur

I recently spent a few days in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, visiting Winterthur and Longwood Gardens.

From the Winterthur website: " Founded by Henry Francis du Pont, Winterthur (pronounced “winter-tour”) is an American Treasure. Regarded as one of America’s most beautiful historic homes and mansions, on par with Biltmore Estate, Monticello, and Hearst Castle, visitors marvel at du Pont’s elegantly-furnished 175-room former home. Winterthur’s 60-acre garden is considered one of this nation’s great gardens, and its research library serves scholars from around the world. We invite you to explore Winterthur’s beauty and history."

Winterthur is in Winterthur, Delaware, about 20 minutes from my hotel in Kennett Square.  The estate had been my bucket list for some year. 

For more information about Winterthur, please visit http://www.winterthur.org





one of the architectural follies

another folly





the former railroad station.  Freight trains  still pass through


Henry DuPont














amazing collection of Americana




These silver pitchers were made by Paul Revere ... that Paul Revere







































































a part of the house.  Unlike stately homes that are seen from the approaching roads to the houses, Winterthur was largely hidden as DuPont did not want to show it off
























Not so coy Koi







































I loved the Enchanted Wood and the Faerie Cottage

































Sundial Garden





3 comments:

Bill Durning said...

He worked with Mrs Kennedy on her White House restoration.

Marlene Eilers Koenig said...

yes. mentioned during the tour

WandaSue said...

What a lovely whimsical estate!
I love the faerie cottage!
Thank you for sharing