A Fortune Founded in Gunpowder

Our story begins in 1800, when Pierre Samuel du Pont de Nemours migrated to the United States from France. His son Éleuthère Irénée du Pont quickly established a gunpowder mill on the banks of the Brandywine River, which would grow into the largest black powder manufacturing firm in the world, and later, a chemical pioneer: The DuPont Company. The family planted their roots – and riches – in the beautiful Brandywine Valley, sharing a passion for horticulture, architecture and preservation that is alive today at museums and gardens throughout the region.

Stay for More

Visit all of the du Pont properties and spend the night in the Brandywine Valley. Book a stay at participating Chester County accommodations with untimed tickets to Longwood Gardens. Plan your visit today.