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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Baltimore and Ohio (B&O) Railroad bridge at the Augustine Cut off, Wilmington, Delaware
Vehicle bridge visible in background. Foot bridge (Swinging Bridge), Brandywine Park, in foreground.
Cooper shop off of Breck's Lane in Henry Clay, Delaware
View looking from Upper Breck's Lane, Rockford Water Tower in distance.
Lower Hagley Yard Dam
Powder house in powder yard. Looking upstream past Holly Island on right.
Hagley powder yards entrance gate with New Machine Shop
New machine shop second from left.
Testing area for powder, DuPont Experimental Station
View through doorway and down hall showing apparatus to test powder.
Ballistics Laboratory at DuPont Experimental Station
Interior of laboratory with machinery.
DuPont Experimental Station
Interior of laboratory with machinery.
Flooded Brandywine looking upstream toward DuPont powder yards
On left bank, Long Row houses, Christ Church spire, the "New" Machine Shop, and Henry Clay Keg Mill are visible. Walker's Banks houses visible on right bank of river.
Flooded Brandywine Creek looking downstream from Walker's Mill
Henry Clay Village on opposite shore. Left: 'New Bridge' Rising Sun Lane covered bridge. Center top: Rockford Water Tower.
Flooded Brandywine Creek looking downstream from Walker's Mill toward Henry Clay Village and Rockford Water Tower
New Bridge' Rising Sun Lane covered bridge at left. Houses on Creek Road (Main Street) in Henry Clay Village visible at right. Rockford Water Tower in background.
Flood waters on Brandywine Creek
View of turbulent water in flood. Likely taken near Henry Clay Village.
Benjamin Devenney and George Biddle at Rising Sun Bridge
Wagon about to cross bridge in background.

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