Eighteen members of PHS’s 1827 Society spent a lovely day at the Nemours Mansion and Garden in Wilmington, Delaware on October 1st.
At the estate, these upper-level PHS members received a tour of the newly restored mansion, home of Alfred I. du Pont (1864-35), which was recently returned to its early-20th century glory in a $39 million restoration.
The group was then given a van tour of the gardens and 300-acre grounds, culminating in a visit to the garage where Mr. and Mrs. du Pont kept a pristine collection of vintage automobiles, including a rare Rolls Royce.
The mansion was designed roughly one hundred years ago to evoke the architectural style of Versailles and other 18th century estates. Its name, Nemours, was derived from the ancestral du Pont home in France. The estate’s strong French theme through also brings to mind the upcoming 2011 Philadelphia International Flower Show, Springtime in Paris.
As part of the 1827 Society, these upper-level PHS members are invited to special tours, events, and behind-the-scenes activities all year long, and the Nemours trip was certainly one that will be long remembered. To become a member of the 1827 Society, click here to learn about benefits and how to join.