Saturday, March 29, 2014

Visiting Winterthur: Part 1: Chilly Tour of Dormant Gardens, Museum

Winterthur Mansion
We visited Winterhtur on March 22 with our friend Cristina to see the Downton Abbey exhibit. We also toured the massive property (959 acres), a huge 175 room mansion and extensive garden (with over 2 million bulbs). 

CHILLY RIDE -  In order to get from the visitor's center to the mansion and museum, we had to ride an open-air tram that seated about 30 people. Because it was only about 45F outside, the wind chill from the drive made it feel like it was near 30F outside so we bundled up! 
The grounds are extensive

BACKGROUND -  According to wikipedia, Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library is an American estate and museum in Winterthur, Delaware. . It was the former home of Henry Francis du Pont (1880–1969), a renowned antiques collector and horticulturist. 

Tom and Cristina cold on the open tram ride of the grounds.
   In the early 20th century, H. F. du Pont and his father, Henry Algernon du Pont, designed Winterthur in the spirit of 18th- and 19th-century European country houses. The main building became a public museum in 1951.

  It had 2,500 acres (1,000 ha) and a premier dairy cattle herd when du Pont operated it as a country estate.

EDUCATION TIE-IN - The research library serves scholars from around the world, and a university has special educational programs that send students into the museum to refinish items, study the architecture, care for the items, etc. Winterthur sponsors two graduate programs with the University of Delaware.

We'll say this - there's SO much stuff in the house that it would take several universities to bring in their students to take care of things!!! 

Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

About us

We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next