I listed several pairs of earrings, after finally finding time to take photographs. Available at https://www.etsy.com/shop/inthelongrun
August 21, 2014
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August 20, 2014
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August 18, 2014
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August 17, 2014
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On the last day of our trip (in fact, on the drive back home), we stopped at Berkeley Plantation. Berkeley is a very interesting site, because it touches a lot of different periods of history. The 1726 house itself is famous because it is the birthplace of Benjamin Harrison V, a signer of the Declaration of Independence and a former governor of Virginia, and William Henry Harrison, the ninth US president.
The land that the plantation was later built on also served as a landing site for English settlers in late 1619. Indeed, the settlers are believed to have engaged in a short prayer service upon disembarking, which Berkeley today terms America’s “First Thanksgiving.”
Skipping forward, the land that would form Berkeley was purchased in the 1690s by Benjamin Harrison III as a plantation and a tobacco shipping operation via the James River. Benjamin Harrison IV built the manor house in the 1720s, which later passed to Benjamin Harrison V.
As time passed, a number of the Harrison family, particularly younger sons like William Henry Harrison, moved west, becoming involved in the settlement of the Northwest Territories. The plantation was occupied by Union troops during the Civil War, and afterwards fell into disrepair.
In the early 1900s the plantation was purchased by John Jamieson, and his son Malcom with his wife Grace dedicated themselves to restoring the house and grounds. Today the house is run as a museum.
I enjoyed the visit to Berkeley. Tours are led by costumed guides, and I will admit that their attire is a bit cheesy. But despite that, our guide was quite knowledgeable about the house and the Harrison family history. He was frank and honest about which parts of the house had been changed from the original Georgian designs, and which furniture and artifacts were original versus not. The grounds are beautiful. There is nothing like seeing the vast views of the James River on a sunny day.
August 16, 2014
Thank you Beth for hosting such a lovely tea today! We invaded the British Bell Tea Room in Newark, DE for afternoon tea. I had a nice cream earl grey tea, a super yummy scone, and a variety of tasty tea sandwiches and pastries. We had so much food that we had to take some to go with us. The décor at the tea room was very elegant, perfect for a costume outing. The tea room does happen to be in a strip mall, but honestly that just means we got to take a couple of wacky modern/period juxtaposition pictures, which I love. A fun day!
All of our photos are here.
August 10, 2014
This year’s installment of the Jane Austen Ball at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum was last night, and I had so much fun! I was very happy that several new folks could attend with us, including people who drove down from Pennsylvania and New Jersey. We had a great evening of dancing and conversation, and everyone’s outfits looked beautiful.
I wore my recently completed blue ballgown. I am happy to report that it was quite comfortable, and the full skirts had a nice twirl on the dance floor. This was a project where I tried to push myself to make a different style of regency dress, and I think I succeeded.
On to the photos!
All of my photos are here.
August 8, 2014
Last night I sewed the final few stitches on my gown for the Jane Austen Ball at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum taking place tomorrow. I was worried about finishing in time, so I’m very happy to be done! Below are some in-progress photos.
August 2, 2014
After touring the Yorktown Battlefield, we drove into Yorktown itself to see the Nelson House. Built in 1730, it was the home of Thomas Nelson, Jr., member of the Continental Congress, Governor of Virginia, and a commanding officer of the Virginia militia at the Battle of Yorktown. Indeed, the Nelson House was behind the British lines during the siege, and was fired upon by the American and French troops. During the Civil War the house served as both a Confederate and Union hospital.
After seeing the Nelson House, we went to the Yorktown Victory Center. This is the sister museum to the Jamestown Settlement, both of which are owned by the Commonwealth of Virginia. The Yorktown museum is in the process of being renovated and expanded, at which point it will be renamed the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. In the current setup, there is an indoor area with exhibits on the Battle of Yorktown and the history of Virginia. The collection of artifacts is quite good, including several pieces of clothing (pictures were not allowed, though). There was a man’s coat, waistcoat, a pair of woman’s shoes, and a woman’s jacket. Outdoors there is a recreation of a Continental Army camp and of a 1780s farm. We saw an artillery demonstration at the camp, which was fun to watch.
July 14, 2014
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On the next day of our trip, we drove over to Yorktown. So our first day was Colonial Williamsburg, then we jumped back in time to Jamestown, and next forward in time to Yorktown. Our first stop was the Yorktown Battlefield national park. When I had last visited this area, the weather had made it such that we missed the battlefield. This time it was a little better, although pretty hot. But not to worry, the NPS has organized a driving tour of the battlefield, meaning that you can spend most of your time in your air-conditioned car.
We started at the visitor’s center, where there is a small museum display of artifacts related to the battle. Then we walked outside to view the area where the British had their main fortifications. We also walked to the Yorktown Victory Monument. From there we drove to the original allied (American/French) lines, and then on to the second set of allied lines that were closer to the British position. The tour continued with a visit to the Moore House, where surrender negotiations were held. Finally we saw the field area where the British surrendered.