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    Nemours

    by mikelisaanna Written Jan 2, 2014

    Nemours is the former mansion of Alfred DuPont, one of the primary shareholders of the DuPont Corporation in the early 1900s. The mansion was built in 1910 and is surrounded by beautiful gardens. The mansion's first two floors and its basement are open to the public via guided tours that take about 1 hour. The mansion is not huge, but is very well preserved, full of beautiful furniture and an impressive art collection. One of the more interesting parts of the tour is the basement, which features the men's entertainment areas (bowling alley, billiards room, etc.) and the heating and cooling equipment (boilers, refrigeration equipment, etc.) for the house

    The house is only accessible via guided tours, which must be reserved in advance. There is no photography allowed inside the house.

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    Discovery Center

    by iam1wthee Updated May 29, 2012

    If you are an environmentalist then you will like this place. It offers interactive exhibits on the surrounding marshland at the end of the riverwalk. It is FREE

    Its accessible with ramps and elevators

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    Nemours

    by iam1wthee Written May 29, 2012

    Castle built out of love for a love that did not love back. One of the super properties of the Dupont family. Watch the film on this intriguing family and tour the beautiful grounds and exquisitely decorated rooms.

    Ask for senior rate.
    It is accessible because the mansion has an elevator inside. Just let them know at time of booking.

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    Delaware River

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Jan 19, 2012

    The Delaware River runs from its source in Schoharie County, New York, 301 miles through New York, forming the the PA/NJ border and the DE/NJ border on its way to the Delaware Bay then the Atlantic. Philadelphia, PA; Trenton, New Jersey; and Wilmington, Delaware are the largest cities along the Delaware, and they serve one of the largest population centers in the U.S.

    The Delaware River was first mapped by a Dutch expedition led by Englishman Henry Hudson in 1609. The river was named after Thomas West, 3rd and 12th Baron De La Warr of England, the Captain of an expedition that saved Jamestown, Virginia three years after it was initially established.

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    Check out the Riverfront

    by hochbeam Updated Apr 4, 2011

    Wilmington has built many new attractions along the Christina River waterfront. When I first moved here, this was an industrial wasteland. Now it sports and exhibition hall, Frawley Stadium, Garrett-Tubman Park, Kahunaville night club, Backstage Cafe, Delaware Center for Creative Arts, Delaware Theater Co., the Riverfront Market, and more.

    Check out the web site for details.

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    Historic Pencader Presbyterian Church

    by Ewingjr98 Written Mar 16, 2009

    Pencader Presbyterian Church has a historic marker placed at the church by the Delaware Public Archives. It reads:

    PENCADER PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

    On October 15, 1701, William Penn granted 30,000 acres of land to William Davies, David Evans, and William Willis “in behalf of themselves and Company of new Welsh Purchasers.” Known as the Welsh Tract, this expansive holding attracted large numbers of settlers who had immigrated from Wales to Colonial America. The settlers soon established two churches, known respectively as Welsh Tract Baptist and Welsh Tract Presbyterian. The Presbyterian Church was subsequently renamed “Pencader,” a Welsh term meaning “chief chair or seat.” The congregation’s first recorded pastor was Rev. David Evans, who was serving as lay minister in 1710. Though the exact date of the construction of the first church is unknown, the “Meeting-House” had been standing for a number of years when the property was formally conveyed to trustees in 1742. The structure is believed to have been located in the eastern rear of the present cemetery. It was replaced in 1782-83 by a brick building that was used until 1852, when it was dismantled and the present church was built in its place.

    The “Trustees of Pencader Presbyterian Church” were formally incorporated in 1789. In 1917 the Pencader Cemetery Association was organized to care for the adjoining graveyard. Pencader Presbyterian Church was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1977.

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    Delaware Museum of Natural History

    by mikelisaanna Written Mar 30, 2008

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    The Delaware Museum of Natural History is a small but good natural history museum located in Wilmington's northern suburbs. It's exhibits include life-size dinosaur skeletons, wildlife dioramas, a great collection of seashells, an egg collection, and a mineral collection. The museum is very kid-friendly. For kids who get tired, hungry or thirsty, the museum has a room with tables and vending machines where you can can take a break from the exhibits.

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    Campbell Collection of Soup Tureens

    by mikelisaanna Written Feb 9, 2008

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    Adjacent to the Winterthur mansion is a small gallery that contains an interesting collection of decorative soup tureens that were collected by the Dorrance Family, which made its fortune in the soup business (Campbell's Soups).

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    Rodney Square

    by mikelisaanna Written Feb 9, 2008

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    Rodney Square is a square in downtown Wilmington named after Casear Rodney, a Delaware man who signed the Declaration of Independence. Rodney rode eighty miles on horseback through a thunderstorm to reach Philadelphia just in time to sign the famous document. In the square there is a statue of Casar Rodney on horseback commemorating his famous ride.

    Casear Rodney served as a member of the Delaware Assembly, as a General in the Delaware Militia, and as a member of the Continental Congress, the United States' original congress prior to the wiriting of its constitution.

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    Hagley--The Original duPont Homestead

    by VeronicaG Updated May 8, 2007

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    We love touring old historic homes, so when we get the opportunity...

    Hagley Museum is the 1802 site of E.I duPont's home by the Brandywine River in Wilmington. This is the original duPont family homestead.

    There are gunpowder works, restored mills, a workers community and gardens at this site. You'll also be able to visit the modest office from which duPont worked.

    If you plan to see Hagley in conjunction with your visit to Winterthur, the contrast will be dramatic. However, Hagley seemed to be a comfortable home for its time, if not as ornate as Winterthur. It was nestled amongst trees and sat on a small hill overlooking a creek. Autumn must have provided such a colorful view from here!

    Hours are March 12-December 9:30 am-4:30 pm. Admission is $11 for adults, $9 for students and seniors, $4 for children 6-14. Call for directions weekdays (302-658-2400 ext.259)

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    At the water front.

    by heitzenrater Updated Feb 24, 2006

    So you make your way down to the river walk by the water front. yea, there are some sweet things to do like walk the board walk and hit up some stores, but the real fun starts at night.

    At night you can make your way to some nice resturants

    there is the "iron side brewery"
    it is a two level brewery with an out door patio for dinning. They have micro brews, at about 4-5 dollars a pint.

    next you have "eat at joes" we skipped this place so not sure what thats all about, but looked similar to like a bubba gumps resurant.

    finally there was kauhunaville (may not be spelled correct) this place has a game room, concert room, huge patio with outside bar, dinning room, and secret club in the back called red room.
    it cost 8 dollars to get in but we sneaked in. at first we were woried no one wold come. next thing i know the place was jammed up.
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    Fort Delaware

    by dlandt Updated Mar 17, 2005

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    In the center and shore of what looks like just a brick-walled compound, is the memorial of where the Swedes first landed. There is also a memorial to the African named Tony, later Tony Swarts (Black Tony) who came with them. This tower reminds you of Viking runes, but dates from much later. See the travelogue for some pictures.

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    Brandywine River Park

    by dlandt Updated Jan 29, 2005

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    Pleasantly located in the city center, along the Brandywine River, is the park. It has bridges to get from one bank of the river to the other, and when the cherry treees are in blossom, they make a fine sight. Also in the park is the Jupiter fountain, shown here.

    There isn't much to do in this park, or any other park for that matter, but it is a pretty and pleasant place to walk about and get some air.

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    The Kalmar Nyckel Museum

    by dlandt Written Apr 19, 2004

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    This is something of a cross between the ship's museum and a Swedish-American museum. Its not what I would call extensive, but they have some nice things. The carvings are locally done, but look authentic as can be.

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    The Kalmar Nyckel

    by dlandt Written Apr 19, 2004

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    This ship is a replica of the one that brought the original settlers to Delaware. Its staffed by a pleasant, talkative bunch who enjoy their work and happily show you around. Note the care taken with the wood carvings. Kalmar is a city in Sweden, where the original ship was built. It was later sunk in the Baltic by the British Navy, so nothing here is original.

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