Category Archives: Life at Winterthur

Beat the August Heat! Check Out the Fabulous House Tours Winterthur Has to Offer

August is a great time to get out of the heat and visit the house tours Winterthur has to offer. Always a classic, the Introductory Tour is a nonreserved tour included with general admission. On this family friendly tour, enjoy … Continue reading

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The Sheep at Negendank Barn: A Fine-Wooled History

Every time you wear your merino wool sweater, you become part of the historical chain of merino wool enthusiasts. These enthusiasts include the Bourbon Kings of Spain and France and Thomas Jefferson in America. The herd of merino sheep at … Continue reading

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Historic Automobiles at Winterthur

We’re putting the finishing touches on our first historic automobile display of the year.  On each Saturday in May (weather permitting) we welcome 8-12 owners of beautiful automobiles to Winterthur. The automobiles are displayed on the hillside above the Museum … Continue reading

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The Art of the Table Part Two: Who are the Guests?

This year’s Delaware Antiques Show loan exhibition is from Winterthur and highlights H. F.  du Pont’s table settings. One part of the exhibition focuses on a 1954 house party.  Although house parties were held at Winterthur at least twice a … Continue reading

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The Art of the Table: H.F. du Pont’s Table Settings Part 1

When Jackie Kennedy decided to restore the White House, she asked her mother’s old friend Henry Francis du Pont to chair the committee. He was her top choice because, as she told Life magazine in 1961, “Without him on the … Continue reading

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Light and Shadow: André Kertész at Winterthur

In 1951, before Winterthur opened fully to the public, legendary photographer André Kertész (1894–1985) visited on a photo shoot for Vogue and House & Garden magazines. His images capture the unique light of the spaces, dramatic shadows cast by objects, easily overlooked … Continue reading

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Winterthur during World War II: The Curtain Project

I am trying to get the entire house catalogued—sewing labels on all the curtains showing the rooms and seasons in which they are to be used etc. and I think it will be another year before I am entirely through … Continue reading

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Bring on the Bubbly: H. F. du Pont’s Taste for Krug

Because his legacy centers on antiques, it is easy to forget that H. F. du Pont (1880‒1969) was a man of his time—fond of martinis, cigarettes, and bridge. He also liked champagne. According to his butler, he preferred champagne to … Continue reading

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Going Dotty

In preparing for a mini-exhibition on du Pont’s table settings for the upcoming Delaware Antiques Show, I realized that H. F. du Pont patronized one particular glass merchant for an astonishing six decades. A loyal customer, du Pont followed Frederick … Continue reading

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Wine at Winterthur: Henry Algernon du Pont and the Gilded Age

In this post, Estate Historian Maggie Lidz continues her research into wine and the du Pont family. Colonel Henry Algernon du Pont (1836–1926), the second owner of Winterthur, is a difficult man to understand. Today, his likes and dislikes, prides … Continue reading

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