Hidden Gem in Delaware: Nemours Mansion and Gardens

Rockland Rd. between Children’s Dr. and Rte. 202, Wilmington, Delaware Designed to emulate a Louis XVI chateau and named after

Rockland Rd. between Children’s Dr. and Rte. 202, Wilmington, Delaware

Designed to emulate a Louis XVI chateau and named after the king’s ancestral home in France, Nemours is the former residence of renowned philanthropist Alfred I. DuPont. Built between 1909– 10, the mansion is exquisitely furnished and beautifully preserved. Its 102 rooms feature fine period antiques, rare Oriental rugs, and tapestries and paintings dating back as far as the 15th century.

Nemours Mansion and Gardens, Delaware
The Nemours estate underwent a major renovation in 2008. The statue Achievement, regilded with 23-karat gold leaf, was placed in the center of the estate and gazes out over the Maze Garden.

Surrounding the striking villa, the 300-acre estate boasts extensive and truly magnificent formal French gardens, which have been assiduously cultivated to express old-world elegance. In addition, the grounds offer expertly planted conservatories, fountains, natural woodlands, and an old-time water tower.

Guided tours are the only way to see the estate. Taking a minimum of two hours, tours include a series of rooms on three floors of the mansion, followed by a bus tour of the gardens—with stops at DuPont’s personal billiard room and bowling alley. Visitors will leave with a vivid sense of what it was like to live on a grand scale at the beginning of the 20th century.

Open May–Oct. Admission charged. No children under 12 admitted. Reservations recommended.

www.nemours.org/mansion.html
(302) 651-6912

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Originally Published in Reader's Digest