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.
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?].
Yards at rear of Breck's Lane homes
Dr. Greenleaf's stable visible in background.
Breck's Lane in Henry Clay, Delaware, in snow
Stable of Lammot du Pont , Jr. visible at right
Toy Tavern in Henry Clay Village
Three men stand in front of tavern.
Alexis I. du Pont School, Class of 1900
From left: William Briggs, Lily Shepard, Alfred Mathewson
Alexis I. du Pont School students
From left: Alfred Mathewson, Annie Evans, Fred Evans.
Alexis I. du Pont School students
Back row: far left is Alfred Mathewson, third from left is Edith Lowther. Rest are unidentified.
Alfred I. du Pont's Orchestra in Breck's Mill
Taken in Breck's Mill Electric Shop. Left to right: William Hearn, Michael Maloney, George Gentieu, Alfred (Charles) Maxwell, James Casey (Pat's Son), Walker Mathewson, and Alfred Mathewson.
Catherine Cheney with doll in front of Cheney family house
Cheney house next to the Gibbons House on Blacksmith Hill on Hagley property.