From the south: Take I-95 north to exit 5B (Newport exit) in Delaware. Follow Route 141 north for 7 miles. Turn left onto Route 100 north. At the traffic light, make a right onto Buck Road East. After the stop sign, go straight through the gates and follow signs to the library or Soda House. From the north: Take I-95 south to exit 8B (West Chester exit) in Delaware. Follow Route 202 north (Concord Pike) for 1.3 miles. Stay in the left lane to turn left onto Route 141. Follow Route 141 south for 2 miles, get into the right lane to turn right onto the bridge. After crossing the bridge, turn right at the next traffic light onto Route 100 north. At the next traffic light, make a right onto Buck Road East. After the stop sign, go straight through the gates and follow signs to the library.
The Brandywine River does not look very impressive. It is narrow and winding and can be very muddy or shallow, depending on the season. However, the river has been important to the development of the area. The first settlers, the Indians, lived by its banks. An important battle of the American Revolution took place near its banks. Today, it is still a well known landmark. The Brandywine River branches off the Delaware River. The Brandywine is actually a creek. The Lenni Lenape Indians lived next to the Brandywine Creek because of the access to the water and all its benefits and the nature surrounding it, including fishing, hunting, and growing crops. This particualr photo was taken at the Hagley grounds. Situated on 235 picturesque acres along the Brandywine River, Hagley is the birthsite of the DuPont Company. Among industrial ruins and restorations, today's park-like museum depicts home and work life in a nineteenth-century industrial community along the Brandywine.