This year I had the good fortune to once again attend the Civil War immersion event at Welbourne Plantation in Middleburg, Virginia. At the event I had the unique opportunity to stay overnight in a plantation house from the era and reenact a civilian from the area. I thoroughly enjoyed reenacting with amazing friends new and old who strive for authenticity in dress and action.
The next few posts will contain a few glimpses into the weekend. My mother, Nancy, our friend, Gaye, and I arrived at Welbourne late Thursday afternoon after stopping in town for lunch at a nice restaurant. We were the first to arrive and had time to explore the house and grounds before moving into our rooms.
On Thursday evening after everyone had arrived we headed into Middleburg for dinner at a tavern. This gave us time to get to know those that we would be reenacting with and acquaint ourselves with the characters to be portrayed over the weekend.
On Friday morning we dressed in our wrappers for breakfast. Over breakfast we introduced ourselves to newly arrived participants and introduced our characters, discussing the relationships amongst the characters in the period.
After breakfast we dressed and began our day in first person, portraying the Middleburg residents that we had chosen and researched. My mother and I portrayed Catherine Broun and her daughter Kate Fred. Residents of the town of Middleburg who had moved out to their farm on the outskirts of Middleburg in 1862 after Union troops attempted to torch their mercantile in town. In order to portray these Middleburg women we located a published diary kept by Catherine Broun.
The weather throughout the weekend was rainy, so we passed most of the hours inside by the fire sewing.
Here are a few glimpses of the wrappers worn on Friday morning.
Above, the wrapper that I wore last year is now finished. I finally added the braided black and fuchsia. soutache trim to the edges of the black silk taffeta scallops.