Interview with James F. Toy Sr., 1971 September 4 [audio]

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  • Description of a staircase at Eleutherian Mills and working on restoring the home
    Partial Transcript: "Mrs. Crowninshield, she had it all up here...."
    Synopsis: The interview begins mid-sentence with poor quality audio. Toy describes a staircase that he worked on. He describes restoration work at Eleutherian Mills.
    Keywords: Construction; Crowninshield, Louise du Pont, 1877-1958; Eleutherian Mills (Greenville, Del. : Estate); Fireplaces; Staircases
  • Marble mantles
    Partial Transcript: "We bought them down and put them pack in again, Mrs. Crowninshield wanted them."
    Synopsis: Toy talks about the mantles at Eleutherian Mills.
    Keywords: Construction; Crowninshield, Louise du Pont, 1877-1958; Eleutherian Mills (Greenville, Del. : Estate); Restoration
  • More on the restoration of Eleutherian Mills
    Partial Transcript: "I tore that down there altogether...."
    Synopsis: Toy continues to talk about his role in the restoration of Eleutherian Mills.
    Keywords: Crowninshield, Louise du Pont, 1877-1958; Eleutherian Mills (Greenville, Del. : Estate)
  • du Pont hosted parties; Explosions at Hagley
    Partial Transcript: "Grace would go up to these dance and she said they used to have a marvelous time..."
    Synopsis: A voice different from Toy's and the interviewer describes how her aunt attended celebrations put on by the du Pont family. The voice also talks about jobs held by members of her family, including clean up after explosions at Hagley Yard.
    Keywords: Christmas celebrations; du Pont family; Explosions; Hagley Yard
  • Staircases at Eleutherian Mills
    Partial Transcript: "It would have had about ten or twelve inches into the center..."
    Synopsis: Toy talks about staircases at Eleutherian Mills. He describes some more of his restoration work.
    Keywords: Eleutherian Mills (Greenville, Del. : Estate); Staircases