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New Castle County

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New Castle County in northern Delaware is the largest and most densely populated region in Delaware.

Discover the du Pont legacy while visiting some of the most prestigious gardens and mansions on the East Coast.  In Wilmington, the Hagley Museum features the original du Pont mills estate and gardens. Visitors step into 19th-century life on 235 scenic acres along the Brandywine River. In the restored gunpowder mills, demonstrations of full-size working machinery illustrate the production of black powder, the du Pont Company’s original product. On Blacksmith Hill is a 19th-century school house and period activities.

Eleutherian Mills, the first du Pont family home built in America, is a must-see for those interested in decorative arts. Adjoining the home is the gorgeous E. I. du Pont restored garden.

Built in 1910 by Alfred I. du Pont, the 300-acre Nemours Mansion and Garden is a breathtaking piece of architecture with a large reflecting pool, long garden walks and a mansion designed in the late-18th-century French style. The 102-room French chateau, the most elegant of the du Pont family estates, is Delaware’s answer to Versailles.

Founded by Henry Francis du Pont, Winterthur is the premier museum of American decorative arts, reflecting both early America and the du Pont family’s life here. Winterthur is home to a 60-acre naturalistic garden that is among the country’s best.

Become inspired by Delaware’s outstanding arts and cultural exhibitions. Watch the latest music acts perform at World CafĂ© Live at the Queen or visit The Grand Opera House and the DuPont Theatre. Or take in the outdoor Copeland Sculpture Garden and one of the largest collections of British Pre-Raphaelite art at the Delaware Art Museum.

Take a journey back in time while strolling through historic towns in northern Delaware. From New Castle, which dates back to Dutch colonists, to historic Odessa, a town filled with 18th century charm, visitors can learn about significant historic landmarks that helped shaped the state of Delaware. The cobblestone streets of New Castle date from the Colonial era, as do the proud homes that line them. Other sites worth seeing include Amstel House Museum, George Read II House and Gardens, Immanuel Episcopal Church, New Castle Court House, New Castle Presbyterian Church, Old Dutch House and the Old Library Museum.

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