Saturday, May 3, 2014

Wilmington, DE, Hershey & Harrisburg, PA. 5/2 - 3/2014

On the road again Friday May 2 to Hagley Home and Museum, Centreville, DE. The first owner of the home and land was Hagley so the property still goes by that name. But it is where 5 generations of the du Pont family lived.  The home was interesting as was the learning about the families who there. The du Pont family perfected the manufacturing of gun powder in 1803. Interesting tour of the powder yard and machine shop.  The docent set off one gram of gun powder. The gun powder mill buildings were 3 sided, built with thick stone stone and the fourth side open to the Brandywine Creek.  When an accident occurred the explosion was directed toward the water  and away from the other building.

The museum showcased the many inventions of the du Pont chemists:  cellophane, Lycra, Nylon, Teflon, Stainmaster carpet, Kevlar, Tyvek, Corian and so many more products.

We stayed at Walmart in Lebanon, PA.  We traveled through Amish and Mennonite country. We saw several horse and buggies along the road. Saw one man mowing the lawn around his farm house using a horse to pull the mower.  Another incredible day.

On the road again Saturday May 3 to Hershey, PA. The city where Hershey kisses are the city's street lights. We took the animated tour of the candy production. They explained the origin of chocolate and especially focused that they use milk chocolate.

We took a tour of the Pennsylvania State Capitol in Harrisburg. The building is called "priceless" because of so many special stained glass windows, mosaics, tiles and marble. It was so impressive.

We toured the State Museum. The industrial revolution was enlightening.

We drove to the Flight 93 National Historic Site near Storyville, PA.  Very touching to listen to the audio tour.

We stayed at Flying J, Belle Vernon, PA.

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