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Hagley Makes a Splash with Fun-Filled ‘Water Works’ Event


Hagley Museum and Library highlights the industrial and recreational uses and scientific properties of water through hands-on activities during its Water Works event on August 1 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Activities are included in regular admission and free for members. Use Hagley’s main entrance off Route 141 in Wilmington, Del.

waterstoryVisitors and members may enjoy special programming throughout the day, including water balloon games on Workers’ Hill such as: volley balloon, balloon ring toss, water balloon target shoot and long shot.  In addition, families are invited to participate in wooden boat racing, “make your own water wheel”, and a stream water testing workshop in the powder yard. Hagley’s Water Works event also provides the opportunity for fishing along the Brandywine, a peaceful and rare chance to enjoy the nature surrounding the Museum.  Kimo’s Water Ice will be onsite.

There will also be a specially organized walking tour, “H2 Oh!,” at 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m., and 2 p.m.  This tour focuses on the DuPont Company’s development of water power from the waterwheels to the steam engines, and how its innovations contributed to the success of the company. This hands-on tour includes commentary on Hagley’s restored water turbine, which uses energy produced by the Brandywine’s water to power the Machine Shop. Shuttle buses will be available to transport guests to and from the walking tour. 

Jeff Durst, education program manager at Hagley, explains the value of learning more about the uses of water, saying, “The importance of water lies at the heart of life and work along the Brandywine. Through Water Works, visitors will have the chance to learn more about the role of water at Hagley, while having fun and maybe even getting a little wet along the way.”

Participants will be given a “Today at Hagley” sheet which highlights all activities for the day, including a map of activity locations. For more information visit www.hagley.org/event/water-works-hagley.