Today we went to Nemours Mansion and Gardens in Wilmington, Delaware. Nemours was created by Alfred I. du Pont in 1909–10 as a gift for his second wife, Alicia, and named for the north central French town affiliated with his great-great-grandfather, The estate consists of a 77-room mansion, the largest formal French gardens in North America, a Chauffeur’s Garage housing a collection of vintage automobiles used on the Estate, and nearly 200 acres of scenic woodlands, meadows and lawns.
Of all the historical houses we have looked at, this was Leslie’s favorite. She could actually see herself living here. The gardens are beautiful and there are several large fountains on the property. We arrived too late to see the cars and the garage, so we will have to go back another time.