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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Lower Hagley Yard Dam
Powder house in powder yard. Looking upstream past Holly Island on right.
Hagley Entrance Gate and New Machine Shop
Iron and stone lower gate (main entrance). Also called Centennial Gates.
Testing area for powder, DuPont Experimental Station
View through doorway and down hall showing apparatus to test powder.
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.
Ice skating on Brandywine Creek
Skating near DuPont Co. Lower Yard.
Skating on Brandywine Creek above Breck's Dam
Henry Clay mill visible upstream. Walker's Banks on right. Christ Church spire in distance.
View from Rockford Tower, looking toward Wilmington
Looking down Red Oak Road, Rockford Village to left.
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.
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.
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.
Creek Road, road bed and wall under construction in Henry Clay, Delaware
Charles I. du Pont house at center. Long Row houses at right.
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.
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.

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