A room in the former country house of Henry Francis du Pont, Winterthur, Delaware.

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Six miles northwest of Wilmington is the 175-room country estate of industrialist Henry Francis du Pont and his collection of antiques and American arts, one of the world's largest. Nice gardens too.

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Nearby Delaware attractions

1. Brandywine Creek State Park

2.15 MILES

This state park is the gem of the area. A green space this size would be impressive anywhere, but is doubly so considering how close it is to prodigious…

2. Hagley Museum & Library

2.53 MILES

The Du Pont family got its start here in 1802 making…gunpowder. In the museum, check out the exhibits about the family's early history then join a guided…

3. Delaware Art Museum

3.46 MILES

Exhibits work of the local Brandywine School, including Edward Hopper, John Sloan and three generations of Wyeths. The museum's fantastic collection of…

4. Brandywine River Museum of Art

4.34 MILES

This showcase of American artwork includes the work of the Brandywine School: Howard Pyle, Maxfield Parrish and the Wyeths (NC, Andrew and Jamie). NC…

5. Ebright Azimuth

4.76 MILES

At 447.65ft, the highest point in Delaware does not share lofty views or pose a challenge for access. In fact, you can drive there, park on a cross street…

7. Delaware History Museum

5.29 MILES

In an art-deco Woolworth's building, this museum run by the Delaware Historical Society proves the First State has done much more than earn its nickname,…

8. Longwood Gardens

6.11 MILES

Pierre du Pont, the great-grandson of the DuPont chemical company founder, began designing this property in 1906 with the grand gardens of Europe in mind …