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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Ethel Hallock du Pont's children (Hallock, Paulina and Wilhelmina) at Stillpond, after 1913
1824, renovated 1838, 1890
Residence of Eugene du Pont
IN 1913 ETHEL HALLOCK DU PONT, the widow of William K. du Pont, modeled her new home, Stillpond, after Old Nemours, the house where her husband had been born. Ten years later, her brother-in-law Pierre Samuel du Pont, who had written so scathingly of his childhood at Nemours, bought the house as a wedding present for his niece Paulina, Ethel and William K. du Pont’s daughter “who, as a girl of sixteen, had longed to own Nemours one day.”
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