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.
(page 9 of 9)
Ethel du Pont on her wedding day, June 30, 1937.
Residence of Eugene du Pont Jr.
OWL’S NEST became one of the most famous houses in America in 1937. On June 30 of that year, debutante Ethel du Pont married Franklin Delano Roosevelt Jr., the president’s son, and the reception for 1,300 guests was held at the bride’s childhood home, which appeared to be a storybook setting for romance. A thunderstorm drenched the ceremony, and political differences between the families froze the celebration, but the press duly covered the event as “the wedding of the year.”
Excerpted with permission of the author, Acanthus Press and Winterthur Museum & Country Estate.