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Bus trip to Winterthur open to public

By Staff | Apr 3, 2015

Enjoy a relaxing day exploring the extraordinary Winterthur mansion and its beautiful grounds in Delaware with friends and family on the annual charter bus tour of the Pack Horse Ford Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution on Saturday, May 30.

Almost 60 years ago, collector and horticulturist Henry Francis du Pont (1880-1969) opened his childhood home, Winterthur, to the public. Today, Winterthur is the premier museum of American decorative arts, with an unparalleled collection of nearly 90,000 objects made or used in America between about 1640 and 1860.

Winterthur is set amid a 1,000-acre preserve of rolling meadows and woodlands. Designed by du Pont, its 60-acre naturalistic garden is among America’s best, with flowers, trees and shrubs, sunlit meadows and shady wood paths. A 20-minute narrated tram tour is included, weather permitting and features highlights of the garden and introduces the history of this amazing mansion. We will visit the mansion, museum, galleries and grounds. The public is cordially invited to explore this exceptional place of beauty, history and learning.

Cost is $78 per person and includes bus transportation, tram and tour of the mansion. Lunch will be purchased by each individual in the cafeteria-style restaurant at Winterthur and will cost from $5-15, depending upon selections.

The bus will load at 6:15 a.m. and leave promptly at 6:30 a.m. from Shepherdstown, returning about 6:30 p.m. There is extensive walking during this tour.

All reservations are due by Saturday, May 7.

Community support of the annual bus trips helps the Pack Horse Ford Chapter with charitable community work, which includes scholarships to JROTC cadets, the Good Citizen award and awards for local schools’ history essay contest.

For more information, contact Cheryl Brown at 304-876-3817 or frankk5600@aol.com.