Monday at the Museum

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Every week, the bloggers here at the American Treasure Tour call out another wonderful destination somewhere in the United States that is worth your time. Because that's just the kind of people we are. So today, we are going to travel south from Oaks, PA.  All the way to the First State:  Delaware.  To Dover.  The drive is a good hour from the Treasure Tour on a low-traffic day, but it's definitely worth it if you like music.  Because that's where the state-run Johnson Victrola Museum is. 

Eldridge Reeves Johnson was born in Wilmington, Delaware in 1867, and stayed in the tri-state region all his life, working in industry in Philadelphia and opening his own business in Camden, New Jersey that he called the Victor Talking Machine Company. Devices that recorded sounds and voices were becoming huge right around the turn of the twentieth century. And Victor became one of the biggest producers of phonographs and records in the United States. The museum celebrates Johnson's contributions to the industry with many unique and beautiful machines.  His phonographs helped to destroy the nickelodeon industry, but we still love the museum established in his honor and recommend checking it out the next time you're in Dover!

Making It to a Museum


Okay.  Familiar scenario.  You just spent your entire Saturday at the American Treasure Tour and your brain is saturated with fun, but you find you are still eager to learn and experience and grow. So, what do you do?  You get into your car, or whatever type of perambulator tickles your fancy, and drive.  You don't have to drive far to discover another site that is almost as cool as the ATT.  In fact, there are lots of destinations in the Philadelphia area worth your time. Today, we are going to encourage you to leave Pennsylvania - but don't worry. You can be back by dinner time, easy. We suggest you go all the way to ... Delaware!  Just outside of Wilmington proper is a museum that shares the story of the DuPont family.  No, we're not talking about Winterthur, at least not today. Nor are we talking about Longwood Gardens. We're talking about the Hagley!

The Hagley Museum is located right on the Brandywine Creek.  It was where the DuPont family first settled after coming to the United States from France, refugees from the French Revolution. It is also where they started their gunpowder business.  They built their own industrial town for lodging of their employees, and there's a mansion you can tour there.  Don't want to walk too much?  Fear not!  There's a shuttle bus that takes you from the old mill where exhibits are down to the gunpowder buildings and to the mansion. You can spend an hour or an afternoon there.