Last month I had the pleasure of visiting Winterthur Museum in Wilmington, Delaware. It is a place of so much history and beauty. And childhood home of collector and horticulturist Henry Francis DuPont. Opened to the public 60 years, Winterthur is the premier museum of American decorative arts with nearly 90,000 objects made or used in America between 1640 and 1860. The collection is displayed in the magnificent 175-room house.
Winterthur is set amidst a 1,100-acre preserve of beautiful meadows and woodlands designed by DuPont. Surrounded by colorful flowers, shrubs and lovely paths; it is a place of great calm and peace. It is said that the home is currently much as it was when the DuPont family lived there.
Tea sets just like the one pictured below are displayed through out the house. Fine China and silver are stored in custom made cabinetry in many of the rooms. Oh did I feel like a kid in a candy. Such refined rooms. I can just picture the wonderful gatherings and afternoon teas that took place in this home.
Lovely seating room
One of the most used rooms of the house. This is where the family entertained and spent most of their leisurely time. Music was played and games were played.
See all the fine china stored in these cabinets??? And there are many many more like these and even larger through out the house.
A most elegant and refined dining room. The china is stunning.
Our tour guide mentioned that it was the fresh flowers picked from the gardens each morning that dictated the colors of the table settings.
Breakfast set in one of the many guest rooms in the house.
H. F. and Ruth Du Pont with daughters Pauline Louise and Ruth Ellen, 1922
Thanks you for visiting.