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Founder's Weekend Celebration

Founder’s Weekend

Dates & Price

July 12, 13 & 14, 2018

Founder’s Weekend Activities 4:00–8:00 pm


Free with Gardens Admission

Timed Admission Tickets Required

Timed Member Reservations Required if Arriving after 3:00 pm


Sell Out Likely


Lawn and bench seating is available throughout the Main Fountain Garden.

Blanket / Chair Policy for this event: Blankets and chairs are permitted to be placed in designated areas after 5:00 pm

Follow founder Pierre S. du Pont’s footsteps throughout our Gardens during Founder's Weekend. Go behind the scenes in our Italian Water Garden, stand on stage at our Open Air Theatre, journey up into the Chimes Tower for a view from the top, and enjoy a series of films about our Gardens yesterday and today in the Visitor Center Auditorium. Families can follow an interpretive tree trail in Peirce’s Park, join story time in Lookout Loft Treehouse, and engage with du Pont family items in an interactive exhibit in the Peirce-du Pont House.

These family fun evenings will also feature concessions, Live Music in the Beer Garden from 6:00–9:00 pm, Fountain Performances at 7:15 pm, and Illuminated Fountain Performances at 9:15 pm.

Founder’s Weekend Activities

Self-guided Tour

Take a walk in Mr. du Pont’s footsteps with our self-guided Founder’s Weekend tour. View our interactive map.

  • Visitor Center Auditorium
    Enjoy a series of films from Longwood’s history from 4:00–9:00 pm.
  • Peirce du-Pont House
    Interactive History Station: Engage with du Pont family items from our archives at this family-fun stop.
  • Peirce’s Park
    Roots of Longwood Tree Tour & Discovery Station: Stroll the arboretum and explore how we protect our historic trees.
  • Italian Water Garden
    Go Behind the Scenes: Walk the garden’s lush lawns for an up-close look at the pools and change the fountain display yourself.
  • Open Air Theatre
    Go Behind the Scenes: Stand on stage for a different view of the theatre or explore the underground dressing rooms.
  • Lookout Loft Treehouse
    Family Story Time: Enjoy nature-based stories each day from 4:00 to 6:00 pm.
  • Chimes Tower
    Go Behind the Scenes: Climb to the top of the Chimes Tower to see the carillon up-close and for a fantastic bird’s-eye view.

Live Music

Where: Beer Garden
When: 6:00–9:00 pm

  • July 12
    Musette Project (Gypsy Jazz and French Swing)
  • July 13 & 14
    Marc Silver (Bluegrass)

Fountain Performances: Fountains Then and Now

Where: Main Fountain Garden
When: July 12, 13 & 14, 7:15 pm

This 12-minute musical performance begins with a touch of narrated history and concludes with dynamic choreography marrying music and our newest fountain features. Learn more.

Illuminated Fountain Performances

Where: Main Fountain Garden
When: 9:15 pm

  • July 12: Founder’s Favorites
  • July 13: In the Mood
  • July 14: Fanfare and Fountains

Find a place to sit, or stand back in awe as water in all shapes, sizes, and heights combines with music and infinite colors. Learn more.