Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Longwood Gardens Peirce-du-Pont House and Holiday Lights

We are now visiting the Peirce-du-Pont House at Longwood Gardens. Here is some history from their website:

Joshua Peirce, a Quaker farmer, built the section of the brick house with the covered porch in 1730 (the porch dates from 1824). Successive generations of the Peirce family enlarged the modest farmhouse during the nearly two centuries it remained in their possession.
It was 1906 when Pierre S. du Pont purchased the property to save the amazing trees that were about to be harvested for timber. He expanded the dwelling in 1909, and again in 1914, to serve as his country home and first conservatory. The house was opened to the public in 1976 and now contains the Longwood Heritage Exhibit, a comprehensive collection of historic photos, artifacts, home movies, and video that tells the story of the stewards of the land who preserved and developed the property. 
As you stand in front of the Peirce-du Pont House, take note of the two large trees less than 10 feet apart (circa 1798) down the grassy slope toward the Flower Garden Walk. These trees, known as a ginkgo and yellow cucumber magnolia, amaze visitors throughout the seasons. The yellow cucumber magnolia is the largest known specimen in the country.

I really loved the kitchen  
This was used to heat towels  

A lovely photo of Mr du Pont in the library  
Half a million lights decorate the outside of Longwood Gardens which are 1077 acres  
It was a foggy night due to being rather warm for December but I did get some cool shots for your to enjoy  

A gorgeous Bird of Paradise 

I hope you enjoyed this tour of Longwood Gardens. The Brandywine Valley is a great place for a weekend getaway as many fabulous museums, shops and restaurants abound. It is always nice to check out new areas and see what they have to offer. 

Today's Words of Wisdom: Life is an Opportunity to Benefit From 

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Daryl said...

your night shots came out really well ..

nycstylelittlecannoli said...

Thank you as from you quite a compliment!! You have to let me know when you visit Longwood and how you liked it!!

Sandy at You May Be Wandering said...

Beautiful photos, Rosemary! I hope to get down there next year! Happy New Year!!!

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