Longwood Gardens is sure to delight anyone who loves exquisite flowers, majestic trees, and opulent architecture. Here, amid 1,050 acres with 20 indoor and 20 outdoor gardens, you’ll find beauty at every turn. Stroll the grounds and explore our conservatories, fountains, outdoor gardens, historic house. There is something for everyone on this treasured, former du Pont estate.
The Mendenhall Inn was named for the village of Mendenhall, and its leading citizen, Elwood Mendenhall, who owned the land across from the present Inn in 1881. Sumptuous country French and New American cuisine selections, white glove service, superb tableside “flambé” desserts and coffees make dining at the Mendenhall Inn a special and unique experience. Overnight packages at the Inn include admission tickets to museums and gardens located throughout the Brandywine Valley.
Nemours, the former 300 acre estate of Alfred I. du Pont, was named after the du Pont ancestral home in north central France and built for his second wife. Guided tours are the only way guests are able to see the house and grounds – see what it was like to live on a grand scale in the Brandywine Valley at the beginning of the 20th century.
The small, picturesque village of New Castle, originally named Fort Casimir, was founded in 1651 by Peter Stuyvesant and was, at first, a Dutch settlement. The three counties which make up the state of Delaware were added to William Penn’s lands in America, for which he came ashore at New Castle in 1682 to take possession. The three Delaware counties were already well established and quickly became dissatisfied with Penn’s rule. In 1704, he granted them a separate legislature and Delaware was on its way to becoming a separate colony, with New Castle as its first capital.
Jessop’s Tavern is within walking distance of Battery Park and the mighty Delaware River. It’s a great restaurant and pub with a special Old World New Castle charm that every visitor should experience.
With more shows to choose from as of April 2011, plus great food served up from our state-of-the-art kitchen, World Cafe Live at the Queen has music that cooks and food that rocks! Keep in the know through our Live Access and share all the happenings on our new stage in the life of Wilmington!
Rockwood Mansion, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is an English Country Estate in America built for Joseph Shipley, a merchant banker originally from Wilmington. The mansion was Shipley’s retirement home. The parlor rooms are lavishly furnished with period pieces and fine examples of English, Continental and American decorative arts from the 17th and 19th centuries. The gardens are comprised of six acres of exotic foliage and a conservatory filled with examples of Victorian flora.
Young Friends of the Brandywine Conservancy is a membership group and volunteer committee of young adults dedicated to furthering the goals of the Brandywine Conservancy and its two operating programs, The Environmental Management Center and Brandywine River Museum.
Nestled in the heart of Delaware’s beautiful Brandywine Valley, this extraordinary museum, garden, and library offers a variety of tours, exhibitions, and programs for all ages.
Delight in the museum’s magnificent collection of American decorative arts as you tour the house and exhibition galleries. Enjoy the glorious 60-acre garden and surrounding woodlands and meadows, and play in Enchanted Woods, the award-winning children’s garden. Dine in Winterthur's cafés and shop the many options in the Museum Stores.