SOLSC Day 11
There is so much more to see at Longwood Gardens besides the conservatory. So let’s move on to something else on the grounds.
Today we will tour the Peirce-du Pont House. It dates from 1730 and is the oldest building at Longwood Gardens. It was the family homestead of the Peirce family until 1905 and then became the weekend residence of Pierre du Pont from 1906 until his death in 1954. As you will see, this is just a simple home just like any weekend home you or I may have.
Here is what the house looks like. Quite simple and tasteful.
The first thing we checked out was the library. I was sure I had taken pictures but I can’t find any. Old age. I must have just taken them in my mind. Anyway, picture wooden shelves lining the walls and the shelves loaded with books. Picture a piano in one corner. Against one wall there was a map chest. I wonder if my Google maps would fit in it? One thing I did get a picture of inside the library was this miniature room which was displayed behind glass.
As you can see, the candles are the kind you would use on a birthday cake. Here are some more minis displayed right above this room.
My cat would have a ball with these.
Moving on to the entrance hall we can see a stairway leading to the second floor and suitcases at the bottom waiting to be loaded in a car to be taken to the train station.
Although many of the rooms have modern conveniences in them the flavor of the house can still be seen. Here are a couple of sitting areas.
There were several fireplaces throughout the house. Here is one.
Behind this one is the kitchen pantry.
Since we all have pantries in our homes, let’s look at this one. The first thing I noticed was the warming oven, oh so necessary when preparing a large meal.
It is important that we keep all of our good silverware safe so of course we need a place to lock them away when not in use. Here is the silverware safe.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t think there is any thing worse than trying to dry dishes with cold dish towels that get wet quickly. So, I am sure that you, just like me make good use of the towel warmer.
I guess my hand was unsteady when I took this picture, but it can still be read.
Coming back outside we see a porch. I am sure that this was a wonderful place to sit and relax.
Tomorrow we will finish up our tour of the Gardens with other interesting things to see on its grounds.