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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Retreat from Jordan
Feather Bed Lane, Brandywine
Rattlesnake Run area on right bank of Brandywine Creek downstream from Wilmington city dam
Two women sitting on bank among the willows along the Brandywine before the race was built, Rattlesnake Run area. Downstream from Wilmington City Dam.
Wilson's Dam, Cuba Hill
Men fishing below dam. Description from donor: "Note some sort of track just above stone wall."
Construction of dam, Wilson's saw and grist mill, Cuba Hill
Description from donor: "Note some sort of track just above stone wall."
Riddle's Dam on the Brandywine
Men fishing on Riddle's Dam.
Wilmington dam at head of city race
Women and children sit near dam.
Foundry yard workers in the foundry yard behind the Machine Shop
Left to right: Billy Walters, foundry boss and pattern maker; unidentified laborer; Harry Dadds, molder.