Combine History with Exercise

Gather family and friends for a visit to Hagley Museum’s historic property—and get some exercise, too.

What a combo—history and exercise. That’s what you’ll find at Hagley Museum and Library outside of Wilmington this summer. The historic property—the former industrial site of the original black powder works of the DuPont Company—provides a scenic setting for exploring its grounds and walking, jogging or biking on its three-mile loop on Wednesdays, from 5-8 p.m., starting June 3.

“It’s fun to meet friends for an evening to catch up while doing something healthy like walking through Hagley’s historic property,” says Meg Marcozzi, Hagley’s marketing manager. “Bike and Hike” Wednesdays are casual events. “It’s not a formal meet up or walk through, so all you have to do is sign in and a staff member will give you a map of the grounds and trails, and then we send you off,” Marcozzi says.

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Guests can walk through Hagley’s property and admire the history of the grounds while taking a stroll or a bike ride along the loop. “It’s a relaxing place for families, couples and people looking for exercise opportunities to come and walk or bike,” Marcozzi says. “And if you didn’t know this already, it’s always a few degrees colder along the Brandywine”—a plus on hot summer nights.

Food is also part of the evenings. “You can pack your own picnic food and beverages or buy one of our already made Belin House totes,” Marcozzi says. Belin House Organic Café, on the grounds of the museum, prepares a delicious meal packed in a reusable bag made by local artisans. “Bring a bottle of wine for a perfect date night,” Marcozzi recommends. The restaurant is also open for in-house diners.

Also look for Woodside Farm Creamery to offer its delicious ice cream during “Bike and Hike Dog Days,” held the last Wednesday in June, July and August when visitors are welcome to bring their canine friends for an evening of exercise and fun. Says Marcozzi, “Bike and Hike is a favorite of mine.”

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Photo Courtesy of Hagley Museum

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