Subject:  Nemours  Reopens for Guided Tours

Contact:  Lyn Lewis, Director of Communications
                 Greater Wilmington Convention & Visitors Center
       ; (302) 295-2212

Nemours Mansion and Gardens has reopened for guided tours.   Built in 1909 in the style of a grand Louis XVI -style French chateau, Alfred  I. du Pont's  mansion has been returned to its turn-of- the-century elegance and features an exquisite collection of artwork, antiques and tapestries.  The grounds surrounding the mansion are arguably the finest example of a formal French garden in North America with reflecting ponds, incredible sculptures, parterres and a huge fleur de lis jardin.

Tours originate at the newly constructed Visitors Center located at the intersection of  Route 141 and Alapocas Drive.   Inside the Visitors Center, a detailed time line supported by a collection of  black & white sepia prints traces Alfred I. du Pont's life and accomplishments.  Each tour begins with a ten minute film about Alfred I. du Pont featuring original photos and footage.   Guests are then transported via shuttle buses to the mansion for a 1 ½ hour guided tour.

Nemours has expanded its schedule and is now offering tours at 9:00AM, 12:00PM and 3:00PM on Tuesday through Saturday and 12:00PM and 3:00PM on Sunday.  Reservations are required.  For more information, go to or