Christmas at Hagley – Nineteenth Century Pastimes and Pursuits

This year’s “Christmas at Hagley” exhibits is inspired by the winter pastimes of the property’s former residents.  The exhibit is open Friday, November 26, 2010, through Sunday, January 2, 2011.  The museum is open 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.   The holiday display is included in the cost of admission.  Hagley is located in the beautiful Brandywine Valley only 25 minutes from Hamanassett Bed and Breakfast and is where the du Pont story begins.  It features the original du Pont mills, estate, and gardens.

Picture the du Pont family in the winter sitting together to play backgammon, reading, listening music or drawing.  Girls could practice sewing techniques.  Children could entertain themselves by layering different colored sands in a glass bottle.  In the Terrace Room you will see the ice skates and sled that waited to be used on a snowy slope.  Visiting Eleutherian Mills for the “Christmas at Hagley” exhibit provides an intimate look into the common winter activities of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.  The1803 du Pont ancestral home, Eleutherian Mills, is decorated primarily in Colonial Revival style for the holidays. Dried flowers, greenery, fruits, and other natural materials create a beautiful holiday ambiance accentuated by soft lights and Christmas music. Exhibit included in regular admission. 

You will also enjoy the activities on Workers’ Hill.  Visitors to the Gibbons House will find recipes for traditional Gibbons’ family desserts.  Children will enjoy musical instruments, playing games and making crafts.  

  To entice you to visit our area during this time Hamanassett Bed and Breakfast will offer a $50.00 gift certificate to  everyone who books a multiple night mid-week stay (Sunday through Thursday, excluding Thanksgiving) between now and December 23, 2010.  If you have already booked during this time, just mention this blog to receive your gift certificate.  This gift certificate may be used by you for a future stay or given as a gift to someone you think will enjoy staying at Hamanassett.  It may not be used with any other gift certificates, discounts, or special packages.  Just call our toll free number  1-877-836-8212 and tell us you want our Blog Special!  In addition to Hagley’s special Christmas exhibit they have many other events at this time.   You can also visit Longwood Gardens and Winterthur for wonderful Christmas exhibits.   We are only a short 30 minute drive to Philadelphia so extend your stay and enjoy the entire aea.  To see all that is going on in the Brandywine Valley during this magical time visit our Activities page on our web site.