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East Marlborough in Chester County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Peirce - du Pont House

Longwood Heritage Exhibit

 
 
The Peirce - du Pont House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, August 12, 2015
1. The Peirce - du Pont House Marker
Inscription. The Peirce-du Pont House takes its name from the two families who lived here for a combined total of over 200 years. When Pierre S. du Pont acquired Longwood from the Peirce family in 1906, his purchase included their early 18th century farmhouse (the porch section of the house to your right). He built an L-shaped addition onto the original Peirce farmhouse in 1914, doubling the size of the home. Connecting the old and new wings was Longwood's first conservatory, which was luxuriously planted with exotic folliage and designed as an enclosed garden living room.

We invite you to enter Mr. du Pont's house and explore Longwood's beauty and history.

Mr. du Pont's successful experience with this unique greenhouse inspired him to construct the much grander Conservatory complex.

Architect's rendering of the addition to the Peirce du Pont House, c. 1913.

Members of the Peirce family pose outside of their farmhouse in 1884. This photograph was taken on the south-side of their home, around the corner of the house to your right.

A photograph of Peirce's Park from 1884, the arboretum that inspired Mr. du Pont to purchase this land. This magnificent and historic arboretum is located directly behind this house.
 
Erected by Longwood Gardens.
 
Location.
National Register of Historic Places Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, August 12, 2015
2. National Register of Historic Places Plaque
On the south side of the house.
39° 52.407′ N, 75° 40.455′ W. Marker is in East Marlborough, Pennsylvania, in Chester County. Marker can be reached from Longwood Road. Touch for map. Marker is on the grounds of Longwood Gardens. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square PA 19348, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Peirce's Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Peirce's Woods (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Italian Water Garden (approx. 0.2 miles away); An Engineer's Garden (approx. 0.2 miles away); Pierre S. du Pont, Fountain Visionary (approx. 0.2 miles away); Indian Hannah Birthplace (approx. 0.4 miles away); Battle of Brandywine (approx. 1.3 miles away); a different marker also named Battle of Brandywine (approx. 1.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in East Marlborough.
 
Also see . . .  Longwood Gardens. (Submitted on August 14, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
West Side Peirce - du Pont House & Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, August 12, 2015
3. West Side Peirce - du Pont House & Marker
Marker is behind the black hand rails near the trash recepticle. The white exterior is the greenhouse. The original farmhouse is at right in this view.
Greenhouse image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, August 12, 2015
4. Greenhouse
Stepping into the greenhouse, looking right.
Greenhouse image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, August 12, 2015
5. Greenhouse
Looking left.
Video Presentation image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, August 12, 2015
6. Video Presentation
Off the left (north) end of the greehouse.
Staircase image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, August 12, 2015
7. Staircase
Off the northeast corner of the greenhouse, this staircase is roped off from the public.
East Side, Peirce - du Pont House image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, August 12, 2015
8. East Side, Peirce - du Pont House
South Side, Peirce - du Pont House image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, August 12, 2015
9. South Side, Peirce - du Pont House
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 13, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 180 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 14, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.   6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on August 15, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.
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