Winterthur Museum and Mansion - family trip

July 26, 2012  •  1 Comment

Just northwest of Wilmington Delaware is one of the many outcomes of the duPont family fortune: Winterthur Museum and Mansion.  

 

It's about as close as you can get to a castle here in the US.  Absolutely huge country estate.  It started off as a reasonable sized house, but over the years Henry Francis du Pont just kept adding on and expanding... until it had 175 rooms!  Yep, you read that right - 175 rooms.  One hundred and seventy five. Yeah, you could say he went a little overboard, especially since it was mostly filled with staff members who kept the place in order.  But then again, I guess that's ok because it provided jobs...  Anywho...

 

We took a family trip over there recently and I thought I'd share a handful of pictures from it.  First up, we had some fun in the Enchanted Woods!

 

Siblings in the mist

 

Here's my daughter showing off her balance:

 

Balancing

 

There's a "faerie cottage" that the kids played in - I'm not quite sure why it's not spelled "fairy" though.  Anyway, they liked it:

 

Kids in the Faerie Cottage

 

The water pump was a hit with both kids:

 

Water pump

 

The best part of it was if you put your hand in it, it appears to turn green!  My son really loved that:

 

My arm's green!

 

Being a kid-garden, the benches were just the right size:

 

Hiding behind big sister

 

Here they are - the 3 stooges!

 

Perfect sized bench

 

Inside the mansion we did a quick family-friendly tour.  I thought this staircase was pretty sweet:

 

Regal Staircase

 

In one of the halls was this table with flowers on top of it.  The whole mansion is filled with antique American furniture.  It's incredible really - everywhere you look are original, rare pieces of furniture which I'm sure are each worth a very large sum of money.  

 

Flowers on the table

 

And that concludes our little family trip over to the local enormous mansion.  We'll have to take a trip back there again so we can tour other parts of the house.  Till next time, go outside and snap some pictures!


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Deborah Dietrich(non-registered)
Thise were awesome Jay!!!!! I just love mansions, antique furniture, and the like! Loved the old hand pump and water the kids were playing in. Reminded me of home when I was a kid. We had an outside pump, just loved playing in it and drinking out of it. My favorite part was seeing my beautiful Grandkids looking so sweet. Sure do love and miss you guys!! Maybe next time we come visit you guys; you could take me to see that mansion?!? I know I would love it! Thanks Jay for the great tour and pictures, love you!!
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