Brandywine Valley oral history interviewees' photographs

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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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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.
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.
Main Street (Creek Road) in Henry Clay, Delaware, upstream from Breck's Mill during winter
Pigeon Hole Row and Long Row housing at left. Henry Clay keg mill in Hagley Yard visible upstream. Spire of Christ Church visible in distance at left.
Yards at rear of Breck's Lane homes
Dr. Greenleaf's stable visible in background.
Children sledding on Breck's Lane, Henry Clay Village
Rokeby Mill, the site of the first DuPont Experimental Station, is visible at foot of Breck's Lane.
Employees in New Machine Shop at Hagley Yard
Identification by Edward L. Bader: Back row left to right: E.M. Taylor (Shop Superintendent), Ed Bader, and Fred Ivins. Front row left to right: William Waterbury, Duncan Thatcher.
Hagley workmen in saloon, possibly Robinson's saloon in Wilmington, Delaware
Left to right: Walker Mathewson, bartender Bill Hearn, Jeff Blakeley, and Les Robinson.
Gasoline traction engine designed by Alfred I. du Pont
Left to right identified by Bader: "Mike Maloney, Ed Bader at controls, 'Expert' from New York, William Houston (foreman of the machine shop)."

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