Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Welbourne 1865


On Sunday, the final day of the Welbourne 1865 immersion event, we had another lovely morning. We began the day with a wonderful breakfast prepared by the Welbourne Bed & Breakfast staff. Afterwards we met in the parlor for a short church service. This was followed by the return of a prized race horse belonging to the Plantation. The horse had been spirited away during the war to keep him from being captured by Union troops in the area. We were fortunate to once again take carriage rides in the surrounding countryside to conclude the event. I captured some pictures of the morning to share with you (sorry that it's taken me so long to upload them here!).


My mother, Nancy, wore her yellow silk dress with asymmetrical bodice - a fashionable bodice style during the later war years.


She completed a new raspberry colored velvet Paletot jacket to wear for the event. It is lined in polished cotton and provides a light layer of warmth outdoors.

I wore a wool skirt with my sheer ivory silk organza bodice, black silk taffeta Swiss Waist, and black velvet jacket. These items were all fashionable for young women during the late war years.






Gaye and Glenda have a conversation on the front porch. Notice Gaye's beautiful original jewelry - she's always perfectly accessorized.






The return of Scrivington, the race horse, and his jockey, Garner Peters, greeted by a relative. 


Corinne feeds Scrivington apples.


Excitement over the return of Scrivington.




Anne in a beautiful sheer dress and black Paletot jacket.



Lori and Anne keep up with the latest fashions by reading Godey's Lady's Book.


Jess coordinated this fabulous event yet you'd never know it - she always looks calm and collected and beautifully attired.





Andrea sits in the parlor just prior to the worship service.


Lisa enjoying the worship service.

It is always such an honor to participate in the immersion events at Welbourne Plantation. Everyone tries their best to make the experience authentic visually - putting hours of preparation into their attire and verbally - reading through countless local period diaries and other primary source material to be able to hold conversations about the events occurring in the area to this specific family during 1865. Even the food at Welbourne is period correct and tastes amazing thanks to a wonderful cook, Cheyney. It's wonderful to be a part of a community that strives for excellence. I can't wait for another amazing year at Welbourne Plantation!

Jessica Craig, the event's coordinator, has long served as an officer for the Atlantic Guard Soldiers Aid Society, an authentic civilian living history group based on the east coast but drawing members from all over the United States. She plans several other immersion events throughout the year including one at Hopewell Furnace in Pennsylvania.




Friday, June 10, 2016

Welbourne 1865


It's been a long time since I last wrote and I still have photos from the Welbourne Plantation Civil War era immersion event last fall to share with you!

After a delicious dinner prepared by the talented Cheyney McKnight we retired to the sitting room to discuss local events, read and prepare for an evening of parlor theatrics. 


Above: Nancy and Keri talk to a dinner guest in the parlor.


My mother, Nancy, looked lovely in her red silk dinner dress. The dress has a matching red silk fichu to cover the neckline for daytime, and pagoda sleeves that attach beneath the double puffed short sleeves for day wear.


Gaye wore her original pearl grape cluster brooch and earrings, a gold watch chain and hair work bracelets.


Lori, Anne and Annette pour over books searching for poetry worthy of reading aloud.


Lisa and Nancy contemplate poetry.


Above: Jen D'Onofrio, The Needleworker, in her brown sheer dress.




Amateur players rehearse a parlor theatrical. Jess Craig, the event's coordinator, wore a lovely pale pink silk dress.


Jen and Annette watch the theatrics.




Lori's blue silk dress with black silk trim was one of the prettiest reproduction dresses I've ever seen! It was based off of a fashion plate. The black dots are all silk covered buttons.



It was a lovely evening with lots of camaraderie and laughs.

My outfit - pictured at the top of the page - was a green-red shot silk taffeta skirt worn with my usual sheer silk organza bodice and an olive silk satin Swiss waist with gold polka dot. The top of the Swiss waist is trimmed in pleated red-green shot ribbon from M&J Trim in NYC. A fancy box pleated silk taffeta trim was created and applied over top of it. The outfit was worn with an original blonde Chantilly lace shawl and original gold Etruscan style jewelry.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Welbourne 1865


One workshop followed another on Saturday afternoon at Welbourne. Our second workshop was a parasol recovering tutorial led by Jenny D'Onofrio of The Needleworkers. Here are a few more pictures from Saturday afternoon at Welbourne.


I love all of the period details sitting about the house. Here a stereoviewer - used to see images in 3-D - sits by a stack of stereoview cards while period fashion magazines and poetry books sit scattered about.


Jenny operates her original sewing machine during the parasol workshop.


Notice the beautiful soutache braid on the sleeves of Jenny's Garibaldi bodice.


Lori helped me to dismantle some large tassels to remake into smaller tassels as we listened to Jenny's talk.


Jenny explains how to string the spokes of the parasol together to create the desired tension on the spokes and shape of the parasol before creating a pattern.


I couldn't miss out on capturing another image of Gaye's details. It's all in the details.



My mother, Nancy, poses outside in her red silk dress and newly retrimmed Marie Stewart bonnet.


Gaye poses in front of the house so that I can capture some images of the dress that she will wear for the evening - a velvet basque bodice and silk skirt made by Beth Miller Hall of Gettysburg.


Gaye wears an original gold hair comb with pearl accents in her hair and an original collar on her bodice.



A gold watch chain hangs about her neck attached to a pocket watch tucked into the waistband of her skirt. Often dresses had tiny pockets at the waist specifically to hold the pocket watch.