Category Archives: du Pont History

Pierre du Pont’s Purchase of Longwood Gardens

A reader of this blog asked what Pierre du Pont (1870-1954) paid for Longwood Gardens. The question is answered in the 12-minute video that runs continuously in the library of his home there: $15,500 in 1906. Visitors coming from the … Continue reading

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World’s Dumbest Christmas TV Commercial And Alice’s Pearls

My vote is for the latest GMC car commercial. It starts out with a young couple—he especially looks to be in his 20s—yet they are in a house that in my neighborhood would be a many-million dollar house, if we … Continue reading

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Living Like Pierre

“Who wants to be a millionaire (in 1916)?” by George Will.  His syndicated newspaper column, 5/7/2017. Visitors to the Peirce-du Pont House at Longwood Gardens almost always exclaim how beautiful it is.  Wouldn’t I like to live there? Well, no, … Continue reading

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Pierre du Pont and Military Purchases

When WWI broke out, there was no president of what to charge for the large purchases by the US and allied governments.  The Spanish-American war had been too short, and the Civil War before it was too far in the … Continue reading

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The Continuing Legacy of John Raskob

“Comment,” by Harry Themal. The News-Journal, 1/15/2016. (Harry Themal is a long-time, respected journalist in the Wilmington, DE, area. He is now retired, but still contributes a weekly column.) John Raskob was hired just out of high school by Pierre … Continue reading

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The Wedding of Pierre du Pont and Alice Belin

The defining event in the life of Pierre S. du Pont (1870-1954), the founder of Longwood Gardens, was the sudden death of his father in a plant explosion when Pierre was only 14. (See the posting Lammot du Pont and … Continue reading

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The Labyrinth at the Du Pont Family Church

Pierre du Pont, who built Longwood Gardens, once said his religion was a “non-practicing Episcopalian.” “Just like me,” I told my wife. “You were never an Episcopalian.” “You didn’t know it.  I non-practice lots of religions.” The early du Pont … Continue reading

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