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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Wooden keg mill (cooper shop) on Breck's Lane
Gentieu caption: "Factory where wood kegs are made. Man in center (Gailey Mathewson) has worked here for 50 years and is 77 years old and has only one lung, but seems good for many years yet." The following provided by F.L. Mathewson, grandson of Gilbert Mathewson, in 1966: Main Cooper Shop is building at far right, soaking pits were to right, off picture. Had slate roof and slate shingle siding. Pancake Run is in foreground, flowing under bridge to left. Left to right: Harry Carter (?); Gilbert Mathewson, boss of cooper shop; Frank Applegate; William Roe [Rowe?].
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 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.
Flood waters on Brandywine Creek
View of turbulent water in flood. Likely taken near Henry Clay Village.
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.
Creek Road, road bed and wall under construction in Henry Clay, Delaware
Charles I. du Pont house at center. Long Row houses at right.
Yards at rear of Breck's Lane homes
Dr. Greenleaf's stable visible in background.

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