Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Unfortunately, our old CW passes had expired since the last time we were here, and we hadn't planned enough time in the historic district to justify new passes. Fortunately, you can still visit a few shops and take in the ambience of the old town even without a pass. In this photo, Karen and Gretel approach the Mary Dickinson Store to check on any changes in the inventory since we were here last. The clerk at this store requested we cross the street to the Greenhow Store where there was a clerk that had admired the girls' hats earlier and wanted to chat.
After a bit of inquiry we met Jacki, a homeschooling mom that had worked as a milliner in the past and had a large collection of hats. Jacki told us she also enjoys feminine dress and encouraged Karen and Gretel to continue collecting hats (fortunately we don't have 400 like Jacki). The visit was enjoyable enough that we will look for Jacki at the Greenhow Store when we visit CW again.
Virginia looks a little different in August than it does in the spring or fall, and it wasn't difficult to notice the difference around CW. The appearance of this garden is a pitiful shadow of its spring display.
Lily was still busy with hand sewing Sunday evening, and probably will be busy for awhile until this gown is finished. We'll try to post some more photos of the garment in progress, so you can get a better idea of what it looks like.
Since we hit the road for home Monday morning, that's all for our report from Virginia this time. Thanks for visiting!
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Built in 1719, Henry didn't own and occupy this 3,100 square foot home until around 1772. This is actually the back of the house, but I think it's more photogenic than the front, and this is the direction from which visitors to the property approach now. Several reconstructed outbuildings surround the yard now, although there were doubtless many more on the 960 acres when Henry lived here.
This small building covers a dry well in the backyard that is 29 feet deep, and reported to hold a temperature of 42 degrees F all year round. Is that possible? Our tour guide thought it was unlikely that they used this pit for ice storage, and suggested they probably had a dedicated ice house somewhere else on the property.
Finally, back to Lily's polonaise gown progress. These pieces compose the back of the garment, and have been hand sewn together with Lily's typical care.
Here's a closer view of the stripes coming together at the seam. Don't feel bad, Lily, you can always try to match them better next time.
Saturday, August 14, 2010
Even though we try to avoid vacationing in summer due to the crowds and hot weather, we were compelled to travel now in order that Lily might attend a historical sewing class offered in Williamsburg. So while Lily endures a classroom for three days, the rest of us get to run around enjoying our tourist status.
Since we don't have a ferry near our home, we made the trip across the James River on the Jamestown-Scotland Ferry just for the experience. The ferry fleet is made up of four boats, and we happened to be placed on the Pocahontas on each of our trips, and as you can see, we had plenty of room while enroute.
The Greek Revival addition on the right was added in the 19th century, and is joined to the original house by a hyphen that served as the new formal entry for the home. Close examination of the central tower on the older section reveals it once served as the entry which was converted to a window at the time of the addition.
The home was named by neighbors after Nathaniel Bacon's men captured it in 1676 intending to use it as a fortress during Bacon's Rebellion. Fortunately it never came under fire, and there is no indication that Nathaniel Bacon ever set foot on the property. Although the Allen family were not supporters of Bacon, they and all subsequent owners have endured the popular name of the estate.