Saturday, November 30, 2013

"Wives and Daughters" Country House

Dr. Gibson's Home

:Wives and Daughters:
by Elizabeth Gaskell
1999, BBC Miniseries; 

Executive Producer: Rebecca Eaton

Watch a Preview
Show is available on Netflix and HuluPlus

Friday, November 29, 2013

Traditional Holiday Craft At Travelers Rest Plantation

Home of John Overton, Built 1799.

Here is the beautiful setting where I was lured.

Walking around the side.... Yowza, what porches!

The back, where I entered and learned how to make the wreath.

Straw wreath, where the gracious Tonya Staggs showed me patiently how to insert fresh boxwood.

Hey, not so bad for a first timer!

Another enthusiastic volunteer learning the same thing.

My finished product on the table awaiting hanging. I feel proud of myself!

Wonderful Tonya as she's making her own.

The incredible drive out. Beautiful stone fence, and lined drive. 

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Photographs Of The Original Hermitage Log Cabin

These are the photos that I took for my research. 

Primary Documents are the best!

I thought that I would share. Here is the paper that I wrote using these photos.

Entryways to the two "bedrooms" from the main room

Left "bedroom"

Right "Bedroom".

Very large!

Main room where there are artifacts and information


Artist rendering of what the Original Hermitage might have looked like.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Just A Little On The Hermitage's "Uncle" Alfred.

The Hermitage: Home of President Andrew Jackson
As well as the home of 
Alfred Jackson

Uncle Alfred was born a slave at The Hermitage, possibly in the original kitchen across the yard from the original Hermitage log cabin. His mother had been the cook there. Alfred was Andrew Jackson's man servant and personal slave.

He was the original "curator" and definitely the very first Tour Guide/Docent. He took many people through the Mansion and grounds and wasn't afraid to talk with anyone.

The great man himself, Alfred 

This gentleman was kind enough to stand in the door frame so that I could show the height of the door.

Alfred, the dedicated man was buried in Rachel's Garden, on the other side of the
 rotunda from Andrew and Rachel Jackson.

The Deseret News, October 26, 1901. Page 16.

And, if you feel the need to have a little of Alfred nostalgia at home, you can purchase a dollhouse of his log cabin at The Hermitage's gift shop.

Tags: Slave House, Housing, Cabin, Log Cabin, Slavery, Slave Quarters, Plantation.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Victorian Era Dress Bodice & House Slippers

More found pictures.

From The Tanner House Museum

I took these pictures when I accessioned them because I thought the construction was interesting.

This is the "Under-bodice." The top covers with just a couple of hooks and eyes.
Here is the bow that is in the back. I thought the construction was interesting because it is one piece of material (velvet) cinched up in two areas.

Close up of the cinching.

These shoes aer felt with beautiful black hand stitching. It also goes around the throat of the entire top of the shoe.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Edwardian Shoes & An Edwardian Wedding Dress

More found pictures from my old phone in Skydrive.

From The Tanner House Museum. 

Edwardian Shoes and An Edwardian Wedding Dress.

I had the honor of repairing one of the shoes. The "leaves" had come unattached. 
However, I don't remember which shoe it was!
Love, love, love these shoes!

This is an Edwardian wedding dress that I accessioned. I hate to say that I do not remember who it belonged to. However, Jennifer Putzier, the Curator, only accepts pieces from local people. So, we can at least know that it belonged to someone from Aurora, IL.
Faux over-dress with faux under-dress with a different fabric.

The under-dress is a silk floral jacquard.

Faux pearls creating a daisy chain around the neck and sleeves, and across the belt buckle.

Can you see how the dress has a faux over-skirt with that is belted?

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