Visit to Longwood Gardens and Victorian Winter Tea

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.
Victorian Winter Tea

Taylor
Victorian Winter Tea

Victorian Tea

Britney
Victorian Winter Tea

Victorian Winter Tea

Victorian Tea

Stephani
Victorian Winter Tea

Victorian Winter Tea

Victorian Winter Tea

(By the way, this hallway is very hot and humid, especially if you have to wait a while for others to leave so you can get a photo!)
Victorian Winter Tea

Victorian Winter Tea

Victorian Winter Tea

Victorian Winter Tea

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.
Victorian Winter Tea

Photo courtesy of Stephanie
Tea

Victorian Winter Tea

Ashley playing the piano in the tea parlor
Victorian Winter Tea

All of our photos are here.

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