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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Henry Clay, Delaware, view from Rockford Tower
Covered bridge in foreground is "New Bridge" at bottom of Rising Sun Lane. Henry Clay on left bank; Walker's Banks at right. Rokeby Mill (first DuPont Experimental Station), Breck's Mill, and Walker's Mill all visible.
View from Rockford Tower, looking toward Wilmington
Looking down Red Oak Road, Rockford Village to left.
Henry Clay, Delaware, and Walker's Banks seen from Rockford Tower
Covered bridge in foreground in "New Bridge" at bottom of Rising Sun Lane. Creek Road (Main Street) of Henry Clay at left. Mill to left of dam is Breck's Mill. Mill to right of dam is Walker's Mill.
Henry Clay, Delaware, and Walker's Banks seen from Rockford Tower during winter
Covered bridge in foreground in "New Bridge" at bottom of Rising Sun Lane. Railroad tracks are those of the Wilmington and Northern Railroad. Creek Road (Main Street) of Henry Clay at left. Mill to left of dam is Breck's Mill. Mill to right of dam is Walker's Mill.