Take an unforgettable journey through the rolling hills of the genteel Brandywine Valley landscape and discover the lasting influence of the du Pont family dynasty. This journey is a true Delaware original. The byway leads to an unparalleled concentration of historic sites, magnificent estates, glorious gardens and mesmerizing museums where visions from a vanished century abound.
The byway begins in downtown Wilmington at Rodney Square, home of the Cesar Rodney Statue and the luxurious building that houses the Hotel du Pont and the du Pont Theatre. Visitors can explore the park and Farmers' Market or see Broadway shows in the du Pont Theatre. At the start of the 20th Century, the square was a symbol of the international stature that corporations like DuPont had brought to the city; today, it is the gateway to the byway and a modern showcase of historical influences.
Leaving Wilmington, preserved landscapes grace several estates, including Nemours, Winterthur, and Longwood. Created and maintained by heirs to the du Ponts, these estates feature large, elegant mansions, flourishing gardens, and charming pasturelands. Nemours brags a modified Louis XVI French chateau, while Winterthur's Enchanted Woods