Families can enjoy making Valentine's Day cards, decorating candy bar wrappers, and snacking on hot chocolate and gingerbread hearts. Activities are included in the cost of admission. Use the main museum entrance off Route 141.
SHARE THE LOVE
Discover how Valentine's Day was celebrated in the past by viewing a display of antique Valentine's Day cards and chocolate-themed treasures from Hagley's collection. Tap into your inner-artist and create a valentine for your special someone. Make a second valentine for someone living in a local nursing home to show that he or she is remembered.
GET SWEETS, EAT SWEETS
In the Gibbons House, learn how food was cooked and how families lived in the 19 century. Taste gingerbread hearts baked in the wood stove. Warm up with a cup of hot chocolate decorated with fixings from the Hot Chocolate Bar. For a gourmet treat, stop in the Belin House Organic Café and try a selection of $1 desserts.
CHERISH YOUR LOVE
Honor the memory of Victorine du Pont Bauduy, the eldest daughter of the DuPont Company's founder, who spent time as superintendent of the Brandywine Manufacturers' Sunday School during the 19th century, by writing Valentine verses with a quill pen. Victorine lost the love of her life only 10 weeks after her marriage, but she found love again in her passion for teaching. In the Brandywine Manufacturers' Sunday School, visitors can experience what school was like in the 19th century.
Hagley Museum and Library collects, preserves, and interprets the unfolding history of American enterprise. The museum is located on Route 141 in Wilmington. Admission to the entire 235-acre museum is $14 for adults, $10 for students and senior citizens, $5 for children six to 14, and free for members and children five and under. Call 658-2400 weekdays for more information or visit hagley.org.