The one-hundred-seventy-five rooms of Winterthur are the showcases of Henry Francis du Pont, but these rooms are not the cold exhibits of a museum. These are the rooms of a home, where young Henry Francis whispered and laughed with his big sister Louise, where Henry Algernon told war stories, and where Jacques Antoine and Evelina made plans for their new country place.
Little changed within the halls as the house was converted into a museum. The Port Royal Entrance Hall is much as it was in 1931, with its eighteenth century hand-painted wallpaper. The Dining Room is set with bouquets and color-coordinated linens to match the season, with a portrait of George Washington stoically watching over its Federal style furnishings. The Marlboro room is as comfortable as it was when the du Ponts shared their afternoon tea there, with its eighteenth-century woodwork and needlework hangings, as well as many family portraits. Rooms dedicated to American styles, American craftsmen, and American favorites range from the ornate to the Spartan, from the vibrant to the muted. Centuries of Americana are preserved within the halls of Winterthur, creating a museum of not just a family but a nation.