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Hagley Museum and Library

200 Hagley Creek Road, Wilmington, DE 19807
Putnam Machine Co lathe

Putnam Machine Co lathe in the machine shop at the Hagley.

Photo credit: By Ukexpat (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons

The Hagley Museum and Library is a nonprofit educational institution in Wilmington, Delaware. Covering more than 235 acres along the banks of the Brandywine Creek, the museum and grounds include the first du Pont family home and garden in the United States, the powder yards, and a 19th-century machine shop. On the hillside below the mansion lies a Renaissance-revival garden, with terraces and statuary, created in the 1920s by Louise Evalina du Pont Crowninshield.

The facility sits at the midpoint of the DuPont Historic Corridor, an important location in the history of the U.S. chemical industry and the Industrial Revolution.

The Hagley collection includes more than 5000 historic patent models, which were required by the U.S. Patent Office as part of the patent application process between 1790 and 1880. These models are physical replicas of the patented inventions. Most of these arrived in 2016 when the museum acquired the Rothschild Patent Model Collection amassed over 25 years by Alan and Ann Rothschild.

Hagley's library houses a major research collection of manuscripts, archives, photographs, pamphlets, and books documenting the history of American business and technology. The library is at a separate location, 298 Buck Road in Wilmington.

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