Serving Visitors to the Historic Brandywine Valley, where Southeastern Chester County, PA meets Northern New Castle County, DE.
Brandywine Valley Attractions
Longwood Gardens, Winterthur, Brandywine River Museum, Hagley Museum, Nemours Mansion & Gardens and more...

The Brandywine Valley is home to world-class museums, lavish "American castles", formal and natural gardens and several unique events. Listed below are capsule descriptions of the Brandywine's top attractions. You can click for more information, admissions prices, hours of operation, contact information, directions and links to their Web sites. As we are fond of saying, "We invite you to explore and discover".

Longwood Gardens, created by Pierre S. du Pont, is one of the premier arboretums in the country if not in the world. The Gardens encompass horticultural displays, walkways and meadows on 1,050 acres. The beautiful four acre conservatory and fountains are not to be missed. Touring the gardens leisurely can take between four and eight hours and comfortable shoes and clothing for the season are advised. Longwood is open every day of the year from 9 am- 5 pm and from Memorial Day to Labor Day remains open Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday evenings until 10:15 offering a concert and the summer Festival of Fountains. Admission charged and includes most evening festivities. 610-388-1000.

The Brandywine Valley is a horicultural delight. If you have the time, you may enjoy sampling several of the many varied styles of gardens including woodland wildflower gardens, Victorian landscape gardens, naturalistic woodlands inspired by European landscape architects, ornamental and botanical gardens and French-style formal gardens. For a listing of gardens in the area, click here.

Henry Francis du Pont assembled a collection of early American antiques (1640-1860), which are displayed in 175 rooms of his country home which is one of the few surviving American country estates. The collection is world renowned and serves as the foundation for the museum's nationally acclaimed research library. The Garden Tram operated March through December and provides you with a panoramic view of life at Winterthur. Enjoy walking the woods and gardens with their wonderful springtime display of azaleas and rhododendron. Visit the Enchanted Woods, a magical fairy-tale garden for children of all ages. While each of the highlight tours lasts approximately one hour, additional tours, visiting the galleries, the Campbell Soup Tureen collection and the exquisite gift shop can provide you with a full day of enlightenment. Admission charged; open daily 10 am - 5 pm; 302-888-4600.

Hagley is the birthplace of the du Pont company and the first du Pont home in the new world. Eleutherian Mills was built in 1803 by E.I. du Pont, is set among 230 acres of trees and flowering shrubs and overlooks the Brandywine River. Not only was this the first home of the du Pont family, but, the black powder factories were built within walking distance of the house and the safety standards which were built into these plants has been carried through to the company's culture today. Visitors can spend about a day touring the house, its gardens, the powder yards, the Blacksmith Hill worker's community, machine shops and the museum of industry with its interesting special exhibits. Look for the Du pont automobile, once the most expensive car in the world. Open most days 9:30 am - 4:30 pm. Admission fee; 302-658-2400.

Nemours Mansion and Gardens
Nemours Mansion & Gardens
Nemours, a 300-acre country estate, was built by A. I. du Pont between 1909-1910, contains 102 rooms, and is a fine example of a modified Louis XVI French chateau. Not only is the mansion furnished with fine examples of antique furniture, rare rugs, tapestries and outstanding works of art, but, you will also be able to see the various utility systems of the house, many designed by A. I. Du pont. Tours take about two hours and are scheduled for 9 & 11 am, 1 & 3 pm, Tuesday through Saturday and 11 am, 1 & 3 pm on Sundays. Reservations are required which your innkeeper can help you with. Open 5/1 - 11/30. Admission charged, 302-651-6912.

 Brandywine River Museum, Wyeth Museum
Brandywine River Museum
On the banks of the Brandywine River in Chadds Ford, the museum houses the premier collection of three generations of the Wyeth family, as well as works by Howard Pyle and other important American illustrators. The museum offers the visitor the opportunity to relax and enjoy the river setting while touring the gallery (allow 1.5 hours). From April to November a tour of N.C. Wyeth's studio and home take are an optional extra (allow one hour). Hours of operation are 9:30 am - 4:30 pm daily, closed Christmas Day. 610-388 2700.

American Helicopter Museum This fascinating museum's growing exhibitions and collections include over 35 helicopters, autogiros and converti planes, eight of which are fully accessible for hands-on experiences. The Museum is located in West Chester, PA next to QVC.
Auburn Heights Take a step back in time to a simpler age! Come and experience the turn of the 20th century through the magic of steam locomotion at the beautiful Auburn Heights Preserve! Enjoy a stroll, or sit under the spreading limbs of the mighty oaks and poplars which surround our estate grounds. Hop aboard the "First Bus" in Delaware -- A Stanley Mountain Wagon -- for a spin around the property in our fully restored 1915 Model 820 Mountain Wagon or step over to the station and board our 1/8 size live steam railway for a round trip on The Auburn Valley Railroad!
The Barnes Foundation The Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Philadelphia, PA 19130, established 1922 by Dr. Albert C. Barnes, to promote advancement of education and the appreciation of the fine arts. Largest private collection of impressionist art. Allow two hours. Reservations required.
Brandywine Battlefield
See artifacts that bring life to the Battle of Brandywine, times in which it was fought, people, Washington's Headquarters, and Lafayette's Quarters. Site includes museum. Also do the Driving Tour. Allow two or more hours.
Brandywine Valley Wine Trail
Lush leafy vineyards. Barrel filled cellars. Charming tasting rooms. World-class wines. You'll find it all in the rolling hills and scenic countryside of southern Chester County, Pennsylvania. Here you can explore seven family operated vineyards and wineries, dramatically diverse in size and style, but united by a common terroire and the desire to make brilliant and distinct wines that reflect the unique characteristics of our Brandywine Valley wine district.
Va La Vineyards
Va La is a unique small farm devoted to the production of four dry table wines that are made in the ancient methods of 'vins de terroir', from blends of northern italian varieties that have been selected by the soils of their tiny vineyard near Avondale, and producing less than 800 cases each vintage.
Chadds Ford Historical Society Located on Rt. 100, the Chadds Ford Historical Society focus is colonial life in 18th Century Chadds Ford; it maintains two historic houses (John Chads House and Barns-Brinton House) and hosts many events.
Chester County Historical Society 225 N. High Street, West Chester, PA 19380-2691 Phone: 610. 692.4800. See web site for directions, hours, exhibits, etc
Delaware Art Museum
Has the foremost collection of Pre-Raphaelite collection in America; museum temporarily located at the Riverfront Arts Center (800 S. Madison, Wilmington, DE, 302 571-9590) while renovations to its main museum are completed.
Delaware Natural History Museum
Discover the wonders of the natural world through changing exhibits, an interactive discovery room and special events. Exhibit Highlights include the largest bird egg collection in the World, a view of extinct and vanishing birds and, a spectacular array of seashell.
Herrs Snack Factory Tour Truly the yummiest tour in town! See how all your favorite snacks are made. Taste warm, fresh potato chips right of the production line. Free tours take approximately one hour and reservations are recommended. Herrs is located in Nottingham, PA just off Route 1.
Read House and Gardens 42 The Strand in New Castle, DE. Built in 1801 by the son of one of Delaware's signers of the Declaration of Independence, the Read House exhibits the height of Federal grandeur.
QVC Studio Tour
Take the QVC Studio Tour to learn more about QVC's beginnings, successes and growth into a prominent electronic retailer. Tours are available every hour on the hour, 7 days a week, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at QVC Studio Park in West Chester, PA. Reservations are not necessary. Admission charged. Check out the web site for details on being a part of the studio audience for a live broadcast!
Wilmington Riverfront
Wilmington, Delaware. Lovely Riverfront Park, Outlet Shopping, Exciting Restaurants and The Riverfront Arts Center which houses changing major exhibits. .
West Chester University The university offers degrees in the arts and sciences, teacher training and certification, advanced study in medicine and law, and continuing education.
Wilmington Blue Rocks Minor League Baseball in Frawley Stadium on the Riverfront.
The University of Delaware The University of Delaware offers an impressive collection of educational resources. Undergraduates may choose to major in any one or more of over 100 academic majors. The University's distinguished faculty includes internationally known scientists, authors and teachers, who are committed to continuing the University of Delaware's tradition in providing one of the highest quality undergraduate educations available.