Delaware’s Industrial Brandywine is a project produced by the Hagley Library with support from the Delaware Industrial History Initiative, the Delaware Humanities Forum, and the National Endowment of the Humanities.

The goal of the project is to fully document businesses that benefited from the unique geography of the Brandywine River along its eight-mile stretch in Delaware. Currently, the database holds over one hundred records of individual businesses that operated on the Brandywine from the 17th to the 20th century.

To get started, use the search box to the right or view our interactive map. You can also browse under the following categories: people, industry type, or date range.


Would you like to help us build Delaware’s Industrial Brandywine?

The project is ongoing and we will be adding additional information as it is uncovered. We welcome and encourage assistance from the public in adding to the site.

Like the working communities that developed along the Brandywine, we hope to create our own online community of citizen historians to work with us in documenting the important industry along the Brandywine that spurred the economy of Delaware for over 300 years.

Please contact us directly to assist us with the project at Ask Hagley or use the comments section found throughout the site to add information about specific businesses, people, and places.


This project is partially funded by a grant from the Delaware Humanities Forum, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities.