Last January Judy and Stephanie organized a Victorian tea at the Hotel du Pont in Wilmington, Delaware. Since Longwood Gardens is not far from Wilmington, several of us decided to make a day of it and visit there beforehand for a costumed stroll. There was a beautiful orchid display on view.
I will start with the photos from Longwood. I wore an 1890s ensemble that I had not brought out in several years. The skirt is made out of some black wool twill leftover from another project (my 1860s day dress), and the blouse was purchased.
Then it was time to go to the tea. The Hotel du Pont is a gorgeous early 20th century building with lots of ornate decor. I had never been inside before, so it was really cool to walk around and take everything in.
Maggie had come (along with her husband Doug and daughter Elena) to Longwood Gardens with us, but not in costume. (It was fun to introduce Elena to Longwood, which is one of my favorite places. She walked with me holding my hand for a while.) For the tea Maggie changed into her Poe dress.
Photo courtesy of Stephanie
Ashley playing the piano in the tea parlor
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