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2019 Beneficiaries & Sponsors
 Needle’s Eye Folly at Winterthur.
at Winterthur
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, on beautiful Kennett Pike—part of the Brandywine Scenic Byway—is a unique international mansion that houses a world-class collection of American decorative arts, stunning gardens and landscapes, a research library and graduate study programs. The museum was founded by collector and horticulturalist Henry Francis du Pont on his 1,000-acre estate outside Wilmington, Del.
Winterthur was home to three generations of the du Pont family. The elegant 175-room home displays furniture, window treatments, carpets, works of art, tableware and home accessories made or used in America from 1640 to 1860. and During Yuletide Tours, the collection is displayed much as it was when the du Pont family lived there. From Thanksgiving through Twelfth Night, visitors can experience the holidays the way the
du Ponts celebrated them.
In addition to year-round, specialty and seasonal tours of the mansion, selected pieces from the collection of 90,000 objects are exhibited in permanent and changing exhibition galleries.
With harmonious color all year and successively blooming plantings, the 70-acre Winterthur Garden is one of the oldest continually operating naturalistic gardens in North America. As a preserved historic landscape, it is a resource for scholars, landscape architects and horticulturists, and offers two graduate programs sponsored in conjunction with the University of Delaware on American Material Culture and Art Conservation.
Winterthur Library provides staff, students and the general public with research materials about American decorative arts. The library is open to the public without appointment or charge.
Winterthur features year-round events like popular and scholarly lectures, films, academic conferences, intensive study
programs on decorative arts, weekly
family programs in the museum and garden, musical performances, 100 garden programs, and training workshops for teachers. Admission to the retail store is free. It offers decorative home-and-garden items and beautiful coffee table books.
the institution’s largest annual fundraiser, Point-to-Point benefits
the maintenance and preservation of Winterthur’s garden and estate. In 1978, Greta “Greets” Layton, a longtime supporter and Winterthur trustee, wanted to help increase visitation and make the community more aware of the Winterthur museum and garden. Another trustee, Julian Boyd, head of the Papers of Thomas Jefferson project at Princeton University, suggested a steeplechase race. Layton, who grew up around horses and steeplechasing, saw the appeal.
The idea seemed a perfect fit with
local history, since many du Pont family members were known well for their
horses and racing successes. Drawing on the knowledge of such local horsemen as Russell B. Jones Jr. and Lewis “Paddy” Neilson III, Mrs. Layton launched the organizational effort. The first weekend
in May seemed to be an ideal time for
the race because it didn’t conflict with Radnor Hunt and other area steeplechase events that already featured prominently in sporting and social calendars. Point- to-Point also rounded out a series of race meets hosted by the Delaware Valley Point to Point Association. It soon became a fixture on the calendar.
Held on May 6, 1979, the first race was casual. Spectators—mainly enthusiasts of the sport—dressed in country clothes and sat on blankets, or stood on the hillsides

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