Nemours Estate With Kids

Nemours Estate is one of the many mansions and gardens you can visit in the Wilmington, Delaware area. You’ll quickly learn that this is the land of the duPont family – there is no escaping them in this region.

The entrance to Nemours Estate. Copyright Deborah Abrams Kaplan

Nemours Estate was the home of Alfred duPont and two of his three wives (but at separate times!). He built it for his second wife in just 18 months, which seems miraculous when you see how advanced it is. It is on the same property as the Nemour’s Children’s Hospital, so the entrance is a bit odd and the hospital is there just beyond the parking lot and gates. It was something both Alfred and his third wife Jessie wanted, and it was built after his death.

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Wilmington Delaware With Kids

For Memorial Day weekend, we decided to do a two-day trip to the Wilmington, Delaware area. There’s lots to do in Wilmington Delaware with kids, but also if you go for an adult weekend.

The area perhaps should be called duPont, as so much of the history in this area involves the duPont family. That includes the two big destinations for our weekend, Nemours Estate and Longwood Gardens, both of which we visited for several hours each. And we didn’t even get to most of the duPont historical landmarks.

The Delaware Children’s Museum is on the Riverwalk in downtown Delaware. Copyright Deborah Abrams Kaplan

Wilmington is the headquarters for the duPont chemical company, called duPont de Nemours, Inc. (before they bought Dow Chemicals). You’ll recognize that Nemours part from the estate. And as you may know, Delaware itself is the incorporation home to more than half of all U.S. publicly-traded companies as well as more than 65% of Fortune 500 companies. There is no corporate income tax for companies registered there that don’t do business there. But this is all beside the point.

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