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Eleutherian Mills is the name of the gunpowder mill and the first American residence of the Du Pont family, who ran and owned the business. The production ran from 1802 when Eleuthere Irenee du Pont founded it, until 1921 after it serviced the Federal government during the World War I.
The original site of the Eleutherian Mills was once a cotton mill that burned down in 1797. It was then purchased by the Du Ponts who just moved to the US to escape the French Revolution.

The Eleutherian Mills initially encompassed 95 acres but when the sales proved to do well during the first couple of years of operations, the business managed to purchase the nearby Hagley property that doubled its size.

In 1952, the owners donated the 185-acre property to be transformed into the Eleutherian Mill-Hagley Foundation. From then on, it serves as an outdoor museum and library.
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