United States of America, Delaware, New Castle County, Wilmington
Eleutherian Mills (Wilmington, Delaware)
Now a part of the Hagley Museum and Library, Eleutherian Mills was the first du Pont family home. Following a 1972 restoration plan drawn by landscape architect William H. Frederick, a portion of the garden has been restored to its appearance during the period 1803-1834, when it was cultivated by E. I. du Pont, an experienced gardener and botanist. Of equal interest is another Eleutherian Mills garden, the "Italian ruin" garden, designed in the 1920s by Louise du Pont Crowninshield and her husband Francis Boardman Crowninshield. Situated on the site of the du Pont Company's first black powder mills, this garden features faux ruins, classical sculpture, pools, terraces, and a naturalized appearance. Restoration of this garden began in 1987.
Persons associated with the garden include: Eleuthérée Irénée du Pont (former owner, 1803-1834); Francis Boardman Crowninshield and Louise du Pont Crowninshield (former owners); and William H. Frederick (landscape architect, 1972).
The folders include worksheets, brochures, photocopies of articles about the garden and site, photocopies of correspondence, and other information.