Sophie, daughter of E. I. du Pont, was raised at Hagley and wrote and sketched about her life there from 1823, when she was thirteen years old, to 1833, when she was a woman of twenty-three. What is known of her comes from her writings and her childhood collections, which share young Sophie’s love of the natural world around her. Sophie, along with her brothers and her sisters, was encouraged to appreciate the world of nature around her and to seize every opportunity to increase her knowledge of it. From this passion, instilled in the children by their father, the entire du Pont family started the tradition of the May Day walk.
“On those rare afternoons when her Papa was home and had finished work for the day, he and her Mama took the children to walk by the riverbank – identifying and talking about the plants, rocks, and trees as they went. The first of May was one of the most exciting days of the year, when family tradition decreed a search for the flowers of spring, and all the inhabitants took part in the expedition,” notes Hagley Director Geoff Halfpenny.
In keeping with this tradion, members and visitors are invited to join them on the first Hagley May Day Walk to celebrate spring. The walk is free to members, $5 for not-yet members. Hagley is a short 25 minute drive from Hamanassett, our Brandywine Valley Bed and Breakfast. For more information call 302-658-2400