SIGHTSEEING

After your ride, there’s plenty to see.

At your leisure, why not visit one or more of the area’s many attractions?

Brandywine Art Tradition

Within a mile of Saturday’s start/finish point you’ll find the Delaware Art Museum, which this year marks its 100th anniversary. Nineteenth century artist and illustrator Howard Pyle was instrumental in founding the Museum and his work is featured in a special exhibit. To many, Pyle is considered the founder of the Brandywine School of Art and Illustration. His work was featured in popular novels and magazines long before the development of motion pictures and television.

Perhaps Pyle’s most famous student was N.C. Wyeth, who settled in Chadds Ford over 100 years ago. Since then, the Wyeth family has produced many talented artists, and son Andrew and grandson Jamie are among America’s most well-known artists. Their work, as well as other examples of the Brandywine School, is featured in the Brandywine River Museum. Take in the landscapes during your morning rides and after lunch, see how they compare with the paintings in this collection, at night walking in the museum with bright 1000 lumen flashlight.

Experience the DuPont Legacy

The duPont family not only founded the international company of the same name on the banks of the Brandywine, but also left a legacy of history, philanthropy and horticultural beauty at Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, Longwood Gardens, the Hagley Museum and Library, and Nemours Mansion and Gardens.

Sunday’s Start/Finish is in Chadds Ford, just over a mile from the Brandywine River Museum. After lunch, walk the 1.3-mile off-road nature trail to the Museum or visit the restored 18th century John Chads House just across the street. And just up Route 1 lies the historic Brandywine Battlefield.

All of these sites are located along the actual bike routes, except the Hagley Museum and the Nemours Mansion & Gardens. Both are located within two miles of Saturday’s start/finish point. For further tourism ideas, check with the Greater Wilmington Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Chester County Visitors Association.

Have a drink…

But it’s not all art and history here… stop by the Chadds Ford and Penns Woods Wineries or Twin Lakes Brewing Company, just off Saturday’s routes.