Every du Pont child that grew up at Winterthur was raised amid the blooms of the garden, the songs of the birds, and the mystique of the foxes and rabbits that ran across the rolling Delaware hills.

As they grew into adulthood, the love of the outdoors lingered in their souls. In correspondence with each other during travels, generations of du Ponts from Evelina du Pont Bidermann, the first owner of Winterthur, to Henry Francis du Pont, the last private owner, often noted the blooms in the garden, the animals that had wandered by, and the plans for the next floral season. The outdoors was always a place of solace and a place of unmatched splendor to the family.