About 4.5 hours south of Syracuse, New York sits a very historic town, Winterthur, Delaware. It was named after a town in Switzerland. Winterthur, Delaware is in the historic Brandywine Valley, where the paper was milled for the Declaration of Independence. The Brandywine Valley (Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania) was the home of three generations of Wyeths American artists and the Brandywine Battlefield where the American Continental Army of General George Washington and the British Army fought on September 11, 1777, as part of the American Revolutionary War. Additionally it houses a very important estate, museum, gardens and a library.
In 1800 Pierre Samuel du Pont de Nemours, sons Victor Marie and Eleuthère Irénée, and their families came to the United States creating a powerful business, a war-time legacy, a U.S. Senator and a museum that preserved the essence of American decorative arts. From 1839 to 1969, four generations of du Ponts called Winterthur home.
They settled in the Brandywine Valley in 1802 due to the powerful Brandywine River where E. I. du Pont establishes gunpowder manufactory, E. I. du Pont de Nemours & Co. As the business prospers E. I. du Pont purchases four tracts of land in 1810 forming what later becomes Winterthur. Then in 1834 E. I. du Pont dies and leaves the property to his children.
Jacques Antoine and Evelina du Pont (daughter of E. I. du Pont) Bidermann built a 12-room home in 1837 on their tract of land in northern Delaware, the small estate was named Winterthur. Jacques Antoine was born in Paris, France, the son of Jacques Bidermann, a wealthy financier. To escape the French Revolution, Jacques was raised at his family’s home in Winterthur, Switzerland and it was here he was trained in business. Around 1839, Jacques Antoine and Evelina du Pont Bidermann move into the house at Winterthur. Gen. Henry du Pont (brother of Evelina) purchases Winterthur from his nephew James Irénée Bidermann (son of Jacques, died 1865 and Evelina, died 1863) for his own son Col. Henry Algernon du Pont in 1867.
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