The Hagley stretches across 235 acres of the Brandywine Valley. It is misleading to view it from outside visitor center. Stepping in, I had no idea that it was such a huge complex with so many buildings. I really enjoyed seeing the machine shop in motion and strolling through the ruined structures of the powder yard. At one of the mills, we were even treated to a powder blast demonstration. Very loud and exciting!
At the one-room school house, I tried my hand at writing with a quill and an ink well in the penmanship of the time. It was kinda cool and I started to get the hang of it. I think that my signature came out pretty good.
As the grounds are so vast, we also got to take a refreshing open-air shuttle ride (my kids' favorite part of the experience) to Eleutherian Hills, a Georgian-style mansion that was the DuPont family's first residence in America. Here, we got a private tour of the residence, office, and gardens. It is all very beautiful.
With so much to see and do at the Hagley, our visit occupied pretty much all of the morning and a big chunk of the afternoon. From there, we checked into our final hotel room of the trip to rest for a while. We had one last item to cross off of our to-do list -- a evening visit to Frawley Stadium to see the Wilmington Blue Rocks play a game against the Salem Red Sox. The Blue Rocks are a Single-A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals.
Anyway, after the game was over, there was a beautiful fireworks display just beyond the center field wall. We were happy to sit back on the bleachers and watch the evening sky erupt with colorful flowers of light. This was it, the last moments of our Delmarva-inspired road trip. As the last rocket echoed red into the night and the crowd cheered with all of its collective might, I was happy to know that our trip was ending with a bang...
"Toward the scorners
he is scornful,
but to the humble
he gives favor."