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April 3, 2004, Winterthur Spring Tour

Winterthur, DE

Winterthur Spring Tour

Saturday, April 3, 2004
Destination: Winterthur, an American Country Estate (Wilmington, DE)
Start Location: Hunt Valley, MD
Time: 9:30 A.M.

Get those snow tires off the car and join guest tourmeister, Don Noveau, as he takes you on a journey to Winterthur.

Winterthur, an American country estate, is the former home of Henry Francis du Pont (1880-1969), an avid antiques collector and horticulturist. In the early 20th century, H. F. du Pont and his father, Henry Algernon du Pont, designed Winterthur in the spirit of 18th- and19th-century European country houses A visit to Winterthur will immerse you in another time and place. Rediscover America's heritage through its unparalleled collections of antiques and Americana. Venture out over the fields and farmland to learn about the workings of a great American country estate . Wander through the breathtaking beauty of the 60-acre naturalistic Winterthur Garden . Youngsters (and the young-at-heart) will wonder at the magic of Winterthur's famous fairy-tale children's garden, Enchanted Woods, and enjoy hands-on learning in the Touch-It Room . Researchers will find a wealth of resources awaiting them in the Winterthur Library.

Departure from the Outback Restaurant will be at 10:00 A.M. as we head northward.
Expect to arrive at our destination by 1:00 P.M., where there will be time for an impromptu tailgate party in their picnic area. So don't forget to pack your picnic basket. Lunch is also available in their cafeteria.

Our tour is scheduled for 2:30 P.M.

Admission to Wintherhur is $17.00 per person. Please email Don Noveau and include your name, telephone number, number of people expecting to attend and whether you will be spending the night. This event needs to be prepaid by March 20, 2004. Please make your check payable to NCC BMW CCA and mail to Don Noveau, 15017 Emory Lane, Rockville, MD 20853.

The trip does not end at Winterthur. It is suggested that you may wish to spend the evening night as there is much to see in the area. Longwood Gardens is a short drive plus numerous museums. There is high-end luxury accommodations at the Hotel Dupont in Wilmington and also the Hilton Garden Inn in Kennett Square as well as lots of Bed & Breakfasts nearby.

Additional information on the destination is available at the Winterhur web site.

Directions to the Start:

From the Washington, DC, Beltway (I-495)

  • Take I-495 to I-95 north.
  • To I-695 to I-83 north.
  • Take exit 20A (Shawan Rd)
  • Left onto McCormick, right into Outback parking lot.

Look forward to seeing you there.

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