To celebrate Hagley Museum’s reopening to the public, a Free Week at Hagley is being offered from Monday, June 29, through Sunday, July 5, for tours and special events. This celebration follows a three-month closure in response to COVID-19. For visitors who have not been to Hagley since a decades-ago field trip, we are breaking down the top 7 things to experience throughout the entire week:
1.) Bike & Hike & Brews Presented by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery (Wednesday, 7/1/20, 5 to 8 p.m.): Visitors are invited to bike, jog, or stroll along the Brandywine’s most beautiful mile in a safe, relaxing environment. Pre-order picnics will be available from Caffé Gelato and will be delivered directly to Hagley’s café for pick-up. Orders must be placed by 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 30, by calling 302-738-5811. Due to state restrictions, attendance is limited to 250 for this event.
2.) Cannon Firings (Saturday, 7/4/20, at 1, 2, and 3 p.m.): Celebrate America’s independence with a bang at one of three cannon firings on Saturday, July 4. Do not let the size of the signaling cannon fool you–it really packs a punch. Experienced guides will ensure the safety of those who watch.
3.) E.I. du Pont Garden (Daily, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.): Wander through the formal French kitchen garden that fed the du Pont family. Look for the State Champion Osage orange tree nearby!
4.) Powder Yard Trail (Daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.): Walk along Hagley’s lower property for a self-paced tour. Guides at key locations will provide interpretation of Hagley’s history as home of the DuPont Company, which was a black powder powerhouse for more than a century beginning in 1802.
5.) Behold the Brandywine (Daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.): Stop at several outlooks along the Powder Yard Trail and take in the view of the Brandywine. You might even see one of our native water birds like the blue heron or cormorant basking in the sun.
6.) Hagley Barn (Daily, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.): Electric vehicles are all the rage right now. Stop by and see the carriages and wagons that were environmentally friendly way before there was Tesla.
7.) Brandywine Manufacturers’ Sunday School (Daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.): Many students attended school virtually for the last marking period this year. Give them a glimpse into nineteenth-century education at the one-room school on Workers’ Hill that children of Hagley’s powder yard workers attended once a week.
Free Week at Hagley allows guests to explore the outdoors with ample room for social distancing over Hagley’s 235-acre property. Reservations are not required, but admission will be monitored and capped at 250 for each event. Visitors should check-in at the Hagley Store upon arrival. Guests over the age of 13 must bring a face mask to wear when social distancing is not possible.
For more information on the Free Week at Hagley events, visit www.hagely.org/freeweek.