Cool Holiday Events in and Near the Brandywine Valley

Want to learn more about the American Revolution?  Near Hamanassett is the Brandywine Battlefield where the largest battle of the American Revolution was fought.   Brandywine Patriot’s Day is November 24 at the Brandywine Battlefield in Chadds Ford, a short 5 mile drive from Hamanassett.  The battle will be brought to life with musket drills, living history demonstrations, and a blacksmith shaping tools from hot iron.  You can also tour George Washington’s headquarters and a farmhouse that was plundered by British soldiers. 

General Washington at the Brandywine Battlefield, 2005, Photo By L. Gillow

General Washington at the Brandywine Battlefield, 2005, Photo By L. Gillow

Take a 30 minute drive north east of Hamanassett and visit Valley Forge where Washington and his troops spent the winter.  On November 11 join them for a Veteran’s Day commemoration of our troops at the United States Memorial Arch.

Dog gone excitement is coming up the weekend of November 17-18 at the National Dog Show at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center at the Oaks.  Watch the judging, demonstrations from agility and service animals.  Just a reminder that Hamanassett has two dog friendly cottages and one dog friendly room in the main house.

Philadelphia Museum of Art – 

 Little Ladies Victorian Fashion Dolls and the Victorian Ideal                      November 11 – March 19, 2019

View a collection of fashion dolls and their clothing with accessories from gloves and hats to roller skates.

A beautifully dressed doll in Victorian costume

Victorian Child’s Doll

The Impressionists at the Museum –  April 16, 2019 through August 18, 2019

Don’t miss this opportunity to see the works of Claude Monet, Van Gogh, Mary Cassatt and others in oils, sculptures, and works on paper.

Impressionism at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Claude Monet Haystacks


Costumes of “The Crown”  – March 30, 2019 – January 5, 2020

Are you waiting on pins and needles for the third season of Netflix’s “The Crown” you can help satisfy your cravings with this upcoming exhibit of the costumes of The Crown.  If you were lucky enough to view the Costumes of Downton Abby when it was at Winterthur several years ago, you know what a spectacular exhibition it was.  Now is your opportunity to see another magnificent costume exhibition of costumes that were worn in the series “The Crown” starring Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II.  The exhibition will feature 40 costumes worn in the Netflix series including Queen Elizabeth’s coronation robe.  Also on exhibit will be accessories such as tiaras, epaulets, and medals.  Costumes in season one were designed by Michele Clapton and season two costumes were designed by Jane Petrie.  In both seasons, accuracy right down to Phillip’s medals and Queen Elizabeth’s dresses help recreate the period.

Costumes from The Crown are coming to Winterthur.

Costumes from The Crown

Since it hasn’t opened yet, I can’t say for sure how the exhibit will be set up but if it is anything like the exhibit from Downton Abby it will be a real treat.  At that exhibit they had TV monitors set up behind some of the costumes playing the scene in which the costumes were worn.  In addition, there was historical information regarding the appropriate time of day for various clothes and information on who could wear certain items.  Did you know that only married women are allowed to wear tiaras?  Tickets are on sale now.  Call 800-449-3883.  

Longwood Gardens 

And you certainly don’t want to miss a visit to Longwood Gardens during the holiday season.  Beginning now with the Chrsanthymum Festival and and then moving right into the Christmas season there is a fount of things to see and do.  This includes holiday performances, the open air fire pit, a half million lights adorn the grounds of Longwood during this festive season, and organ concerts.  Don’t forget, you can purchase your tickets at Hamanassett Bed and Breakfast for a slight discount and more importantly our tickets are not timed nor dated which gives you more flexibility.  There are the other DuPont mansions in the area to visit also including Hagley, Winterthur and Nemours.   Free admission at Winterthur for veteran’s on Veteran’s Day.  If you are a model railroad fan, don’t miss the display at the Brandywine River Museum.  To check rooms at Hamanassett, click here.

Bright lights on Christmas trees are silhouetted against the dark sky at Longwood Garden's holiday festival.

Over 100 trees light up the night at Longwood Garden’s holiday extravaganza.

Ssssh.  Best Kept Secrets Tour – November 24- December 8, 2019

Chester Couty's Best Kept Secrets Tour coming up November 24 - December 8.

Best Kept Secrets Tour

Ready to get in a little bit of shopping and want something different from the chain stores at the malls?  Check out Best Kept Secrets Tour for Chester County.  The stores that participate are a well kept secret which is part of the fun but they guarantee you’ll find unique home and gift stores, garden centers, a farmers market, and a winery.  In addition you might find jewelry boutiques, art and artisan shops, antiques, furniture, and floral shops.  You have to go on the tour to find out. 

Here’s how it works.  It is set up like a house or garden tour and the cost to you is only $10.00.  Of that, $1.00 is donated to the Tri-County YWCA.  You will be given a guide and map that directs you to the various venues and you travel with your friends in your own car at your own pace.  You can go on each one day or take the entire 14 days and visit all the locations.  The businesses are open Monday through Saturday from 10 – 5.  In addition to a fun day out, you’ll be entered in a raffle with a chance to win $800.00 in gift cards.   More information call 717-721-9409.

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