You see, only just recently did I discover that you can do this as a job. Most reenactors are just hobbyists, but many take that interest to entire new level and become what is called an "historical interpreter", or one who "interprets" life during a certain period while in costume at a living history site. I think I've finally found my dream job, people. I have talked to many interpreters recently and learned what type of experience and history studies are required for a job like this. I'm excited because this is something I could take with me my whole life. This is what I want to do! It just took me this long to finally figure it out. :)
Anyway, enough about that, let me show you what I was up to today!
The Patterson Homestead was absolutely gorgeous. I loved the architecture, the small rooms, beautiful woodwork, rough windows.... and it was all decorated for a perfect Victorian Christmas.
A cheerful wintry wreath greets visitors at the back kitchen door.
Antique lace curtains graced the kitchen windows.
I wore a green and blue calico day dress with an ivory sash and crinoline underneath. I think the Civil War era is my favorite time period for fashion. I still have my old hoop skirt in my closet that I haven't worn for years. I've been doing all this 1880s stuff and forgot how fun it was to walk around like a floating bell shape. :)
*cue the terrible quality selfies*
...and the brooch I wore. Loved the purple. :)
Once we were dressed and the tables were set, there was some free time until the guests began to arrive. I took the opportunity to roam around with Darcy and get some pictures. This was the main dining room where the guests were seated. Don't the table settings look lovely?
The house was decorated so beautifully... I felt like I had stepped right into Louisa May Alcott's classic.
That tree had some amazing period ornaments.
While the guests were there I was way too busy to take pictures. The ladies were all dressed up so elegantly and everyone brandished their best etiquette. To my utter delight, we had five British guests who joined us for the afternoon. I found myself taking tea to their table more often than others just to linger about and catch snippets of their oh-so-very-British conversation. Goodness me do they take their tea seriously! And my what great amounts of it they took! And lots of milk too! ;)
While we were clearing the plates of cranberry pumpkin scones away, a storm threatened to keep us all at the house. Which in all reality I would not have minded one bit. Thankfully it cleared up by the time we all left though.
When all was put back in order we stepped outside for a breath of the outdoors. The rain sweetened the fall air and cooled us off from working under all those layers.
I didn't want to put an end to the enchanting afternoon, but I am excitedly looking forward to helping with upcoming teas, as well as working at two new living history sites that I just passed volunteer training for. I promise to post soon about that.
Until then, have a lovely evening! It is storming pretty bad here... I hope we don't lose power. That means no electricity. And that means no internet.
That would be bad.