GWAA - Longwood 2000

1pt.gif (86 bytes) I am including some of my favourite pictures here for you to get a glimpse of what was there ... you will see the original home. Joshua Peirce (1684-1752) a Quaker farmer, built the section of the brick house with the covered porch in 1730. The porch was added in 1824. Sucessive generations of the Peirce family enlarged the modest farmhouse during the nearly two centuries it remained in their possession. Pierre du Pont purchased the house and 202 acres in 1906. He expanded the dwelling in 1909 and again in 1914 to serve as his country home and first conservatory. The picture you see with the wicker furniture is the conservatory.
1pt.gif (86 bytes)The arboretum was begun in 1798 and by 1850 was one of the finest in the nation. Pierre bought the farm in 1906 to preserve the arboretum. Pierre created two of the most successful modern American corporations: DuPont Company and General Motors Corporation. He used his resulting personal fortune to develop and endow the Longwood property. Today Longwood Gardens as a not for profit organization that has matured into a magnificent horticultural showplace encompassing 1,050 acres of gardens, woodlands and meadows, 20 outdoor gardens, 20 indoor gardens within 20 acres of glasshouse, spectacular illuminated fountains, extensive educational programs and a wide range of performing arts events.
1pt.gif (86 bytes)I have also included a picture so that you can see what a wonderful place they had set up for us to enjoy our dinner that evening, prepared to perfection! David Tarrant is his happy self as well!
1pt.gif (86 bytes)The evening was topped off with a fountain show and upon leaving we were given a Longwood Gardens bag with souvenir book and 2001 Calendar!

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