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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Sunday school group at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church
Priest identified as: Rev. Edward Henchy, pastor of St. Joseph's on the Brandywine, 1887.
Cooper shop off of Breck's Lane in Henry Clay, Delaware
View looking from Upper Breck's Lane, Rockford Water Tower in distance.
Alfred I. du Pont with men from Henry Clay, Delaware at his Cherry Island, Maryland property
From left: George Cook, Alfred I. du Pont holding James Bromwell's grandson, Jim Cook, Casenove Gardner, the driver Mr. Edgar, and Ben Fletcher.
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.
Looking north on Kennett Pike at Tower Road, after sleet storm
Spire of Green Hill Presbyterian Church visible at left.
Wreck of the Major Reybold
Description from donor: "Tied up at Pusey and Jones wharf, looking upstream. Note old Market St. Bridge in background and old Warner Co. buildings on south side of Christina River."
Wreck of S.M. Felton
Name of boat on board, right side of upper deck rail.
Laboring gang in Hagley Yard
Left to right: Unidentified, Sam Ferraro, unidentified, Benjamin Griffiths, possibly Louis Boubell.