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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Cooper shop off of Breck's Lane in Henry Clay, Delaware
View looking from Upper Breck's Lane, Rockford Water Tower in distance.
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."
Lower Hagley Yard Dam
Powder house in powder yard. Looking upstream past Holly Island on right.
View up the Brandywine near DuPont's
Possibly dam near Jessup and Moore's Paper Mill.
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.
Hagley Entrance Gate and New Machine Shop
Iron and stone lower gate (main entrance). Also called Centennial Gates.
Hagley powder yards entrance gate with New Machine Shop
New machine shop second from left.
Testing area for powder, DuPont Experimental Station
View through doorway and down hall showing apparatus to test powder.

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