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Wilmington and the Brandywine Valley
Greater Wilmington and the Brandywine Valley is conveniently located between New York City and Washington, D.C. Wilmington is Delaware's largest city is located in New Castle County encompassing 17 square miles. Founded by Swedes and Finland in 1638, the name was changed from Willington to Wilmington, in 1739.
Wilmington is strategically located on I-95, between New York City and Washington, D.C. roughly 30 miles south of the Philadelphia International Airport. Also known as the "Corporate Capital," Delaware's liberal tax structure, the State’s flexible and business-friendly corporation law and the Delaware Court of Chancery, many official corporate headquarters are located in and around Wilmington.
Rich in colonial history, culture and the arts, the area well known as the home to acclaimed American painter Andrew Wyeth. Cultural attractions and music events abound from cool to classical to hot jazz to blues, Gospel, folk and rock.
Choose to visit the area’s world-renowned museums, public gardens and the Christina Riverfront. Stroll the 1.2-mile landscaped and lighted Riverwalk or cruise the rivers by water taxi.
Foodies: many annual ethnic food festivals are on the calendar featuring Greek, Italian, Hispanic, African American, Chinese, Polish and German foods.
Known as Chateau Country, four du Pont family-owned country estates are located in the Brandywine Valley, Hagley Museum, Winterthur Museum & Country Estate, Nemours Mansion & Gardens and Longwood Gardens. They are open to the public and showcase 19th and 20th century Americana featuring exquisite gardens and priceless antiques.
Area Facts Location:
- Midway between New York City and Washington, D.C. - approximately 100 miles
- 30 minutes to center city Philadelphia
- 90 minutes to downtown Baltimore, MD and to Atlantic City, NJ
- 60 minutes to Lancaster, PA ("Amish Country")
- 1 hour and 45 minutes to Delaware's Atlantic Ocean beaches (Rehoboth, Bethany, Dewey)
Major Highway Access:
I-95, I-495, I-295, New Jersey Turnpike/Delaware Memorial Bridge
All north & south bound Amtrak trains stop in Wilmington.
SEPTA's R-2 commuter trains run to/from Wilmington and Newark to Philadelphia with more than 70 trains daily.
Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) - 20 minutes by I-95 to Downtown Wilmington.
New Castle County Airport (ILG): private aircraft and charters - 10 minutes by car.