Brandywine Valley oral history interviewees' photographs

About this collection

Hagley Museum staff conducted a series oral history interviews between 1954 and 1990, speaking primarily with individuals who had worked at the DuPont Company powder yards on Brandywine Creek during the yards’ final decades of operation or who had lived near the yards as spouses or children of DuPont Co. workers. Some of the individuals who were interviewed donated, lent for copying, or provided information on the photographs in this collection. The images primarily depict the worker communities which surrounded the E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company powder yards on Brandywine Creek or the powder yards themselves. For a detailed description of the entire collection, click here to view the finding aid.

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Skating on Brandywine Creek above Breck's Dam
Henry Clay mill visible upstream. Walker's Banks on right. Christ Church spire in distance., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Brandywine Valley oral history interviewees' photographs (Accession 2017.225), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Horse and buggy near Henry Clay, Delaware
Notation on verso indicates the house may have been located on the northeast corner of Route 52 and Route 141., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Brandywine Valley oral history interviewees' photographs (Accession 2017.225), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Horse and buggy near Henry Clay, Delaware
Notation on verso indicates the house may have been located on the northeast corner of Route 52 and Route 141., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Brandywine Valley oral history interviewees' photographs (Accession 2017.225), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Brandywine Creek, looking north from Breck's Mill
White row of houses is Long Row. Henry Clay mill visible upstream. Christ Church spire in distance., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Brandywine Valley oral history interviewees' photographs (Accession 2017.225), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
View from Rockford Tower, looking toward Wilmington
Looking down Red Oak Road, Rockford Village to left., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Brandywine Valley oral history interviewees' photographs (Accession 2017.225), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Boy with toy horse and buggy on balcony of Alfred I. du Pont's residence, The Swamp, on Breck's Lane
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Brandywine Valley oral history interviewees' photographs (Accession 2017.225), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Boy with dog on balcony of Alfred I. du Pont's residence, The Swamp, on Breck's Lane
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Brandywine Valley oral history interviewees' photographs (Accession 2017.225), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Ice jam on Creek Road (Main Street) along Brandywine Creek in Henry Clay, Delaware
Buildings left to right: Charles I. du Pont house, Pigeon Hole Row, Long Row. Rolling mills visible at far right., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Brandywine Valley oral history interviewees' photographs (Accession 2017.225), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
High water on Creek Road (Main Street) along Brandywine Creek in Henry Clay, Delaware
Buildings left to right: Charles I. du Pont house, Long Row., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Brandywine Valley oral history interviewees' photographs (Accession 2017.225), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Road bed and stone wall construction before beginning of Peoples Railway on Creek Road (Main Street) in Henry Clay, Delaware
Buildings left to right: Charles I. du Pont house, Long Row, New Machine Shop in Hagley Yard., Peoples Railway Company trolley ran along Creek Road., Copies of this photograph were donated by both Elizabeth Beacom and F.L. Mathewson., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Brandywine Valley oral history interviewees' photographs (Accession 2017.225), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Main Street (Creek Road) after thaw and ice break-up in Henry Clay, Delaware
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Brandywine Valley oral history interviewees' photographs (Accession 2017.225), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
View from Rockford Tower looking north and west toward Kennett Pike
Typed caption: \"Charles Copeland home right of center; visible on Kennett Pike is stable of St. Amour, A. Felix du Pont home (Elton), Ernest du Pont home, and Alexis I. du Pont School.\, Alexis I. du Pont School completed 1894., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Brandywine Valley oral history interviewees' photographs (Accession 2017.225), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
View from Cooper's Shop on Breck's Lane looking east along Wilmington and Northern Railroad tracks toward New Bridge Station.
Rockford Tower visible in distance., New Bridge Station was located near \"New Bridge\" covered bridge at the bottom of Rising Sun Lane., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Brandywine Valley oral history interviewees' photographs (Accession 2017.225), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Rock formation overlooking Brandywine Creek, downstream from New Bridge Station
New Bridge Station was located near \"New Bridge\" covered bridge at the bottom of Rising Sun Lane., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Brandywine Valley oral history interviewees' photographs (Accession 2017.225), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Creek Road, road bed and wall under construction in Henry Clay, Delaware
Charles I. du Pont house at center. Long Row houses at right., Construction prior to the beginning of the Peoples Railway street-railroad, which began in 1907., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Brandywine Valley oral history interviewees' photographs (Accession 2017.225), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Walker's Banks and Henry Clay, Delaware, view from Breck's Mill looking downstream
Walker's Banks on left. Covered bridge is \"New Bridge\" at Rising Sun Lane. Creek Road (Main Street) on right. Rockford Tower visible in distance., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Brandywine Valley oral history interviewees' photographs (Accession 2017.225), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Main Street (Creek Road) in Henry Clay, Delaware, from Breck's Lane to Barley Mill Lane
Charles I. du Pont residence at far left, followed by Pigeon Hole Row and Long Row housing. Henry Clay keg mill in Hagley Yard visible upstream. Spire of Christ Church visible in distance at center-left., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Brandywine Valley oral history interviewees' photographs (Accession 2017.225), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Main Street (Creek Road) in Henry Clay, Delaware, upstream from Breck's Mill during winter
Pigeon Hole Row and Long Row housing at left. Henry Clay keg mill in Hagley Yard visible upstream. Spire of Christ Church visible in distance at left., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Brandywine Valley oral history interviewees' photographs (Accession 2017.225), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
New Bridge Station for the Wilmington and Northern Railroad in Henry Clay, Delaware
Looking west., New Bridge Station was located near \"New Bridge\" covered bridge at the bottom of Rising Sun Lane., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Brandywine Valley oral history interviewees' photographs (Accession 2017.225), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Yards at rear of Breck's Lane homes
Dr. Greenleaf's stable visible in background., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Brandywine Valley oral history interviewees' photographs (Accession 2017.225), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Yards at rear of Breck's Lane homes after sleet storm
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Brandywine Valley oral history interviewees' photographs (Accession 2017.225), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Ice storm, vicinity of Breck's Lane
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Brandywine Valley oral history interviewees' photographs (Accession 2017.225), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Henry Clay, Delaware, and Walker's Banks seen from Rockford Tower
Covered bridge in foreground in \"New Bridge\" at bottom of Rising Sun Lane. Creek Road (Main Street) of Henry Clay at left. Mill to left of dam is Breck's Mill. Mill to right of dam is Walker's Mill., Rokeby Mill, to the left of Breck's Mill, burned down 1906 April 28., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Brandywine Valley oral history interviewees' photographs (Accession 2017.225), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Sam Frizzell's store on Main Street, opposite Breck's Mill, after freshet in Brandywine Creek
In addition to grocery store run by Sam Frizzell, building was used by a harness maker and shoemaker. It was owned by the DuPont Co. and burned in the mid to late 1890s., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Brandywine Valley oral history interviewees' photographs (Accession 2017.225), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Henry Clay, Delaware, and Walker's Banks seen from Rockford Tower during winter
Covered bridge in foreground in \"New Bridge\" at bottom of Rising Sun Lane. Railroad tracks are those of the Wilmington and Northern Railroad. Creek Road (Main Street) of Henry Clay at left. Mill to left of dam is Breck's Mill. Mill to right of dam is Walker's Mill., Rokeby Mill, to the left of Breck's Mill, burned down 1906 April 28., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Brandywine Valley oral history interviewees' photographs (Accession 2017.225), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807

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