The Du Ponts: Houses and Gardens in the Brandywine
A new book by Maggie Lidz shows not only the fabulous homes the family built, but also how they lived. These excerpts are but a hint.
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H.F. du Pont (center) visiting his cousin Pierre (right) at Longwood, ca. 1925
Forecourt in the 1920s
1802, renovated 1923-25
Residence of Alfred I. du Pont
IN DECEMBER 1907 Alfred had divorced his first wife, Bessie Gardner. Ten months later, Alicia divorced her husband, Amory Maddox, and within two weeks married Alfred. They brazened out the resulting scandal (second cousins, they endured family condemnation on both sides) by building a whipped-cream wedding cake of a house. Nothing like Alfred and Alicia’s new house had ever been built in the Brandywine Valley. A century later, the opulent Nemours, now a public museum, remains unique.
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