Autumn’s artistry takes many forms throughout the Brandywine Valley from world-class museum exhibitions to the bounty of our lush landscape; at every turn, the wonder of the season comes to life.
The legacy of arts and culture in the Brandywine Valley is pervasive and expressed in a myriad of ways this fall. Hagley Museum & Library hosts one of the finest craft fairs in the region October 19 & 20, 2019 and offers hayrides on select days in October. Nearby Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, has on display an exquisite exhibit Costuming THE CROWN featuring 40 iconic costumes from the beloved Emmy® award-winning Netflix series, a dramatized history of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II. On view through January 5, 2020. Go from majesty to mysterious when on October 26 Winterthur presents Ghost Tales & Spirits. After hours the stunning grounds transform to ghostly woods where a chilling tram ride complete with spooky stories will set the stage for a spirited night!
Glorious Longwood Gardens celebrates the season with Blooms and Bamboo an exhibition of masterful towering bamboo art forms and thousands of blooming chrysanthemums from October 3 through November 17. A Thousand Bloom Chrysanthemum – a single plant bearing more than 1,000 blooms on a single stem, debuts October 24, 2019.
Autumn at Longwood … a work of art.
Brandywine River Museum of Art is known for its unparalleled collection of works by three generations of the Wyeth family. The Wyeth’s were known for their love of the harvest/Halloween season and founded a seasonal artistic tradition in the Brandywine Valley. It began in the 1970’s when Andrew and Jamie Wyeth began carving pumpkins to decorate a local restaurant. Decades later, the tradition continues, albeit outdoors, at Chadds Ford Historical Society‘s Great Pumpkin Carve, October 17-19, 2019. Over 60 talented artists carve giant pumpkins which will be lit and displayed all three nights. Enjoy local fare and fall treats, live music, hayrides, a haunted trail and more! And on October 25 take a Wicked Wyeth Walk from 6-9 pm. Wind through the Historic Properties of the Brandywine with ghost stories, hot cider, live music and local fare in the Courtyard of the Brandywine River Museum of Art.
Locally sourced and crafted with care, the art of wine-making and brewing is celebrated along the Brandywine countryside. Craft beer and artisanal wines are made with passion and pride that can be tasted in each sip. Check out over 20 breweries at BVBrewScene.com and explore vineyards and wineries for tours, tasting, food pairings and special events this fall harvest season. Who says grown-ups can’t “Trick or Treat”? Every Friday and Saturday in October Chaddsford Winery’s Adult Trick or Treat offers Halloween-themed stations throughout the winery’s grounds and treats are paired with award-winning wines. Costumes are encouraged and fun is guaranteed!
Stay the night to enjoy autumn’s artistry in all its glory in the beautiful Brandywine Valley and receive a Seasonal Celebrations gift bag with special offers to enhance your visit.