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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Brandywine Creek
Description from donor: "Looking downstream from about the location of the present B&O Bridge. Note the old Broom Street dam head gates on right side of creek."
Up Brandywine Creek
Description from donor: "Looking downstream from about the location of the present B&O Bridge. Note the old Broom Street dam head gates on right side of creek."
Below Chadd's Ford on the Brandywine
Two women and a man sit beneath a tree. Description from donor: "Note small dam between trees."
Brandywine Creek
Description from donor: "Looking downstream from about the location of the present B&O bridge. Note old Broom Street dam head gates on right side of creek."
Brandywine Creek, looking upstream from Van Buren Street Bridge
Bridge in background is the Baltimore and Ohio (B&O) Railroad bridge at the Augustine Cut off.
Baltimore and Ohio (B&O) Railroad bridge at the Augustine Cut off, Wilmington, Delaware
Vehicle bridge visible in background. Foot bridge (Swinging Bridge), Brandywine Park, in foreground.
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.
Rolling mills in Hagley Yard
Roll mills 19 and 20. Stack of steam power plant visible in background.
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.