Our Resident Instruments
Music has been a long-standing tradition at Longwood Gardens, dating back to Pierre S. du Pont's boyhood delight in the performing arts.
As Pierre established the Gardens, he paid particular attention to performing arts spaces, and ensured that the Gardens would be a place of grand-style entertaining.
Our resident instruments—The Longwood Organ, the 62-bell Carillon, and The Longwood Steinway Grand Piano—remain cornerstones of our performing arts programming to this day.
Composed of 10,010 pipes divided into 146 ranks, The Longwood Organ is the largest Aeolian organ ever constructed in a residential setting.
In 1929-30, founder Pierre du Pont constructed Longwood’s 61-foot-tall stone Chimes Tower. The Longwood Carillon was made in The Netherlands by Royal Eijsbouts of Asten with 62 cast bells weighing 38,148 lbs.
Purchased by Pierre du Pont from Steinway and Sons in 1923, this finely crafted instrument was used by Pierre, his family, friends, and visiting artists.