Last week I was invited on a private tour of Winterthur in Delaware. We were given an ALL DAY tour of the estate-storage rooms and all-by the curators and directors of the propriety/museum. Though it was a lot to take in, in only one day, it was an amazing experience and something I would highly recommend to you all! (USA Today named it one of America's 10 greatest historical places).
From a pamphlet at Winterthur, "More than 50 years ago, collector and horticulturist Henry Francis Du Pont (1880-1969) opened his childhood home (which dates back to the 1830's) to the public. Today the exhibition galleries and 175 period rooms in the mansion showcase a world-renowned collection of nearly 85,000 decorative art objects, all set within a magnificent 1,000 acre estate and garden. Enter the Winterthur mansion and become immersed in another place and time. This world-class museum, with its unsurpassed collection of antiques and Americana, is the ideal place to rediscover America's heritage."
(Part) of the exterior on the most beautiful fall day
DuPont 1701 planter
Francis du Pont, the horticultursit's beautiful grounds and pools
one of the many rooms for entertaining
a close up of the hand painted wallpaper...and crystal wall sconce
and the beautiful carpet in the room...