Hagley Museum and Library


From waterwheels to water turbines, engineers made it possible to use the power of rushing rivers to operate mills and factories. The Hagley museum, located on the site of the original DuPont Company (1802), takes visitors back to that era when the nation's rivers dictated where industrial plants were built. Selecting the right river was so important that the du Ponts spent about a year traveling throughout the Mid-Atlantic states before selecting a site in Delaware on the banks of the Brandywine River for their powder works.

Activity Details

Activity Type:Trips and Destinations
Discipline:Industrial & Manufacturing, Other
Topic(s):Technology/Materials
Grade:K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Time:Full day

Fun Fact:The du Pont powder works, built along the Brandywine River, housed each step of the gun powder process in its own building. Topped by specially designed roofs, three sides were of heavy stone, while the side facing the river was wood. That way, an explosion would blow the debris toward the river.
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