Henry Francis du Pont (1880–1969) housed his 85,000 objects of American decorative art in a sprawling nine-story country estate called Winterthur. The collection, displayed in 175 rooms, is recognized as one of the nation's finest. Its objects, made or used in America between 1640 and 1860, include Chippendale furniture, silver tankards by Paul Revere, and Chinese porcelain made for George Washington. To view the collection, you can choose between an hour-long introductory
tour, different one-hour theme tours (such as "Elegant Entertaining"), and two-hour tours that delve into ceramics, textiles, or furniture. The museum also has galleries with permanent displays and changing exhibitions of antiques and crafts to study at your own pace. No children under 8 are allowed except on the daily family tour, which is open to all but geared to kids ages 4 to 12. Surrounding the estate are 982 acres of landscaped lawns and naturalistic gardens, which you can visit on a 30-minute narrated tram ride or on your own. The Enchanted Woods is a fantasy-theme 3-acre children's garden with an 8-foot-wide bird's nest, a faerie cottage with a thatch roof, and a troll bridge. A gift shop and cafeteria, which serves Sunday brunch, are also on the grounds.
5105 Kennett Pike, Rte. 52, 5 mi south of U.S. 1, Winterhur, Delaware, 19735, United States
Oct 23, 2010
Winterthur Museum & Country Estate includes a magnificent perennial garden with the world's finest collection of American decorative arts - ANTIQUES! Henry Francis du Pont expanded the 30 room house he inherited to accomodate his collection, adding, 1929-31, 145 rooms. Each is wonderfully decorated, & the entire collection, as displayed, is a work of genius. DO visit this incredible collection, & take the introductory tour first to get an overview.
THEN, explore into your own interests - into Shaker furniture as well as more elegant urban styles. It's all there in this wonderful collection.