Channeling Downton Abbey

Welcome to the Downton Abbey exhibit
Welcome to the Downton Abbey exhibit

I made the trek out to Delaware on a solo adventure to visit Henry Francis du Pont’s home, Winterthur (“winter-tour”) in Wilmington so that I could satiate my Downton Abbey curiosity. They’re hosting an exhibit of costumes from the show and it was a great way to enjoy history as well.

Your $20 ticket includes a house tour as well as the exhibit and possibly a garden tour (which I didn’t take) but you can check if that’s included if you choose to go. On the house tour, you’ll see a portion of the 175 rooms (!!) but everything you do see are authentic pieces of art and craftsmanship. Decorated as it was from when it was actual living space, you’ll see china, furniture, rugs, wall paper, and wonderful displays of art.

 

A model of Wintertur
A model of Wintertur

 

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The piece of American furniture that started it all.
The piece of American furniture that started it all.

 

The room as it was the night before the house closed to become a museum.
The room as it was the night before the house closed to become a museum.

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These were made and signed by Paul Revere
These were made and signed by Paul Revere
This hold the silverware
This holds the knives
It was fancy to have a portable kettle to keep hot water for your tea
It was fancy to have a portable kettle to keep hot water for your tea
A painting of George Washington's family
A painting of George Washington’s family

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This looking glass was owned by Martha Washington
This looking glass was owned by Martha Washington

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The top of the room is curved to accommodate the wall paper rolls
The top of the room is curved to accommodate the wall paper rolls

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When they entertained, they removed the furniture so that they could fit a jazz ensemble
When they entertained, they removed the furniture so that they could fit a jazz ensemble

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This is the room where they took afternoon tea
This is the room where they took afternoon tea

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The lovely wooden piece of furniture in the front was a cooler
The lovely wooden piece of furniture in the front was a cooler

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I really liked this coat
I really liked this coat

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The modern version of the bell system at Wintertur
The modern version of the bell system at Wintertur

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A lady's traveling case
A lady’s traveling case

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There was so much to absorb in this trip with the house tour and the exhibit but so much fun to go back in time. With such modern amenities and practicalities, it was interesting to see how the wealthy lived their daily lives at that time. I just might start bringing back afternoon tea as a break in my own day!

Thanks for reading!

MXM

 

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