Hagley Museum Graining Mill

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Hagley Museum Graining Mill

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Hagley is where the du Pont legacy and the DuPont Co. began. Here on the banks of the Brandywine River, Eleuthere Irenee du Pont founded a gunpowder company. He chose the site well. Sunlight sparkles like diamonds on the water, which wanders through the wooded property. "Some call it the loveliest mile along the Brandywine," said Cheryl Nathan, a guide at Hagley since 1992.

Du Pont and his family came to America from war-torn France, where he'd been an assistant to Antoine-Lauren Lovoisier, dubbed the "Father of Modern Chemistry." In 1802, du Pont put his expertise to use, manufacturing gunpowder at a time when American gunpowder was considered inferior. His top quality product was soon in high demand, and in 1813, du Pont expanded downstream, purchasing property already known as Hagley.

(description from page 9 of Landmarks and Legacies, a collaborative effort between Kevin Fleming and Pam George with a foreward by Vice President Joe Biden) Available for purchase: http://www.kevinfleming.com/books/landmarks-and-legacies

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