Monday, October 19, 2009

Tryon Palace

We also have recently visited Tryon Palace in New Bern, NC. It was a WONDERFUL experience and I highly recommend it. This year's theme was all about period dress.

When we first arrived the girls decided to try felting. There were 2 lovely ladies at this booth. They were both seasoned homeschoolers, themselves. They were so friendly and conversational.

They made their own toilet water. Since bath's weren't as fashionable as they are today the ladies (and men) had to used water scented with essential oils to cover up the...ahem...smell. Somehow I don't think stickers and plastic bottles were involved back then, though.

Here they are stitching up workmen's caps.

The finished product

This cute little girl demonstrated for Lil Bit how to roll a hoop.

Here Lil'Bit is practicing her graces.

Miss Priss trying on a colonial dress that was just a tad too big. I'm sure the one that Meme makes for their Halloween costume will be muuuuch cuter.

After we returned from lunch we stopped at the the Robert Hay House circa 1805. Robert Hay was a Scottish-born carriage-maker who moved to New Bern about 1800. The dresses these ladies wore were quite a bit different in style from the earlier (1770s). The girls were fortunate enough to be able to experience the labors of washing clothes pre-Kenmore days.

Tomorrow, I'll think of some way...after all, tomorrow is another day. (Oooops wrong era)

Apparently they DID NOT have the internet to keep them busy back then, so they had to entertain themselves a little differently. Here is a game they played (usually for money). The trick is to keep your heels on the wall while you bend over to pick up a penny about a foot from the wall. Apparently my father claims he used to could do this and still thought he could. I think not!

The last highlight of the visit to Tryon Palace was a period wedding. We understood that these two actually were engaged to be married soon so a rehearsal should not be necessary for them!

What a great da. Tryon was top notch in my book!

1 comment:

Tonya @ Live the Adventure said...

What a fun, educational trip! I love reading through all your crafty ideas and may try my hand at the altered 3 ring binder. Blessings!:)