Du Pont connection to Henlopen Acres home

August 23, 2022

A few weeks ago, we featured an aerial photograph of Henlopen Acres in 1936. This home, commonly known as the Pink Palace, can be seen in that image, as one of the first homes built in the town. Just a stone's throw from the beach, it was built in 1931 by Campbell Weir and his wife Esther Driver du Pont. The road along the bottom with the car parked is Dune Way/Ocean Drive, while the other road is Tidewaters. Weir and du Pont were married in 1920, but divorced in 1939. They had one child together, who died young. Esther is one of eight children of Lammot du Pont II, the head of E.I. du Pont Nemours and Co. for 22 years, elected president of the company in 1926. Weir was born in Wilmington in 1901. He attended West Point, but did not accept a commission upon graduation in 1924. He worked as a stockbroker shortly before volunteering as an Air Corps officer during World War II. In the 1940s, he established Dispensers Inc., a company that manufactured and distributed soft drink vending machines. This is one of many homes in the Cape Region connected to the du Pont family. 

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