Nestled in the heart of Delaware’s beautiful Brandywine Valley, Winterthur is an American treasure and one of the few surviving great American country estates. Henry Francis du Pont’s elegantly furnished former home and glorious 60-acre garden draw visitors from around the world.
In the House
Henry Francis du Pont (1880–1969) was avid collector of antiques and decorative and fine arts made or used in America from 1640 to 1860. He lived among his collection is his 175-room home, set on a 1,000-acre estate, until it opened as a museum in 1951. Today, visitors tour the stunning spaces, both inside and out, in which du Pont entertained family and friends.
In the Garden
A 60-acre masterpiece of color and design, the Winterthur Garden boasts a striking succession of seasonal blooms, earning it the title of one of “The Most Beautiful Gardens in America” by Forbes magazine. Groups enjoy narrated tram rides, or they may explore the garden on foot.
Erica Wilson: A Life in Stitches looks closely at the life and work of Erica Wilson, the “Julia Child of needlework.” Her successful 1970s television program teaching needlework was one element of a career that included a business of hand embroidery kits, books, newspaper and magazine columns, public appearances, and a store bearing her name on Madison Avenue. Drawing on an extensive collection of items donated to Winterthur and borrowed from her family, the exhibition will feature an eclectic range of textiles and objects from traditional needlework to Wilson’s own lavishly embroidered boots and embellished clothing. Erica Wilson celebrates her love of craft, her success as an entrepreneur, and her work that continues to inspire makers of today. The exhibition is on view from September 15, 2020 to January 3, 2021.
Winterthur is located midway between New York city and Washington, DC, and minutes from Longwood Gardens and other attractions—including world-class museums, gardens, and historic sites—as well as wineries, hotels, and restaurants.