Two Sundays ago I participated in a Second Sunday living history at Rock Ford Plantation in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. These events are a series that take place in the Spring to Fall months. There are two more such events coming up in the upcoming months. See the Historic Rock Ford Plantation Website for more information on Second Sunday events and other upcoming events.
Each Second Sunday event at Rock Ford has a different theme. This living history was entitled Fashions During the Lifetime of General and Mrs. Hand. Each room in the house featured docents in clothing of a different decade. The program was fantastic and it was fun to be a part of it.
Above, my mother and I posed for a picture after a delightful day at Rock Ford. I wore the lilac silk taffeta dress patterned and recreated as part of my MFA thesis from an original c.1810 dress in the collection of the Fashion Archives and Museum at Shippensburg University. The pattern for this dress was recently released by Fig Leaf Patterns and is available for purchase on Etsy here. More on this process to come!
Below are some pictures from the living history. To view more images from the day, check out Historic Rock Ford Plantation on Facebook.
Above: April Thomas of Fashions Revisited and Rock Ford Docent Coordinator Sarah Drennen.
Above: Poised to begin a meal in the dining room.
Above: Meeting in General Hand's study.
Above: In riding costume in the Study.
Above: A family playing a game of cards in the girls' bedroom.
Above: A bit of needlework and conversation in the Master Bedroom.
Above: Barb and Glenda talking about the latest fashions in an upstairs bedroom.
The next Second Sunday Living History at Rock Ford Plantation is From the Earth: Gardening in the 18th Century on Sunday, September 13th from 11AM - 3PM.