Category Archives: du Pont History

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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The Du Pont Family Cemetery

Ta-da! After five years of sporadic effort, I found the du Pont family cemetery, thanks to a little help from a friend. Being a volunteer at Longwood Gardens, often talking non-stop about its founder, Pierre S. du Pont, I naturally … Continue reading

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Longwood Gardens Potpourri

The Pierre S. du Pont who built Longwood Gardens described his religion to be “a nonpracticing Episcopalian.” “Just like me!” I told my wife. “You were never an Episcopalian.” “But if I am nonpracticing, it doesn’t matter. I nonpractice lots … Continue reading

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Pierre du Pont and the Modern Corporation

Pierre S. Du Pont and the Making of the Modern Corporation by Alfred du Pont Chandler.  Beard Books. The Pierre du Pont who built Longwood Gardens in the 1920s (there were four with exactly the same name at different times) … Continue reading

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Pierre du Pont and the Kennett Pike

Along Route 52: Delaware’s Historic Kennett Pike by Andrew D. Engel, archivist, Hagley Museum and Library.  Images of America, Arcadia Publishing, 2014. Kennett Pike, Route 52, runs north along a ridge from Wilmington, Delaware, through the small towns of Greenville, … Continue reading

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Trolley Tracks and Pierre du Pont’s Early Career

There have been several Pierre Samuel du Ponts, all with the exact same name. The one I am talking about is the creator of Longwood Gardens, and the time is the late 19th century. “Creator” is the proper word. He … Continue reading

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Pierre du Pont’s Longwood Home

When we began volunteering at Longwood Gardens we were told that the Longwood house was only Pierre du Pont’s weekend getaway, his country retreat. His real home, his legal residence, was the top floor of the Hotel du Pont where … Continue reading

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