Twilight on the Brandywine

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Real Estate Agent with Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate Delaware RS-0010115

Last night, a friend and I went on a twilightparlor tour of the 1803  Eleutherian Mills, the duPont mansion on the Brandywine River above the old powder works.  It was decorated for the holidays as it might have been when Louise duPont Crowninshield and her husband, Frank lived in the 1920's and 30's.

Having grown up in what is now Winterthur Museum, this gal knew her stuff when it came morning roomto architecture and antiques. The house tour included the morning room, set up for cookies and tea, surrounded by train related items beloved by the master of the house, including a steam engine shaped tea caddy. 

The dining room wallpaperwas ready for a fancy dinner with the best china (including a plate on the floor for the family dog) and scenic wallpaper of American scenes painted by an artist who had never been here.  We went through the butler's pantry and downstairs to the kitchen. Food was sent up to the dining room on a lift in the wall.

colonial kitsch Down on the lowest level, Louise turned a room into a "Colonial kitchen," appropriate for visiting children to leave toys and sleds all over the floor (she never had children).

 

We ended our tour in the barn, the site of a gingerbread competition. Unfortunately, it had barnbeen there since the holidays began, and some of the houses were losing their chimneys and walls.  It was an unheated building, so the poor guide had to keep moving to stay warm. He said the wooden construction on an easel was a menorah (never would have guessed!)

 

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Comments (4)

Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em: golfArizona@cox.net

Beautiful Holiday decorations.  Well, we made it to the last day of the year.  Let's go out with a bang.  Sell a house. 

 

Happy New Year

bill 

Dec 31, 2021 04:01 AM
Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA

Bill--You go for it! Happy New Year!


 

Dec 31, 2021 06:44 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Carolyn, this looks like a wonderful tour, and would love to do this too.

Dec 31, 2021 09:58 AM
Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA

Lots of interesting details learned here!

Jan 01, 2022 09:42 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

That sounds like a delightful event, Carolyn.  A great way to spend a holiday season evening.

Dec 31, 2021 04:39 PM
Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA

Myrl--a delightful evening for all!

Jan 01, 2022 09:42 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Carolyn, on having this blog FEATURED in the PHOTOS group!

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Dec 31, 2021 04:40 PM
Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA

Thanks, Myrl!

Jan 01, 2022 09:42 AM