On Saturday, October 29th, the mock funeral of Simon E. Thornton will take place at the historic Hearthside.
The mock funeral will be conducted by a preacher giving an authentic 19th century service. Among those in attendance will be mourners dressed in period mourning attire.
The coffin will be carried out by pallbearers to the awaiting antique hearse, followed by a grave site service in the yard. Tours of the house and exhibit will continue until closing at 5:00 p.m.
Reservations for the funeral are suggested. Admission is $10/person; children under 12 free. Call 726-0597 to reserve a spot for this unique event!
LINCOLN - Master stone-carver Adam Paul Heller will demonstrate his craft of decorative 19th-century gravestone carving at Lincoln's historic Hearthside House, 677 Great Road, on Saturday, Oct. 15 from 1 to 5 p.m. The demonstration is part of the "Gone But Not Forgotten: Victorian Funeral and Mourning Customs" exhibit taking place throughout October at Hearthside.
Hearthside is in mourning with black draping on the front porch, mirrors are covered in black, clocks stopped at the time of death, a wicker coffin and flowers set up in the front room, and exhibits of post-mortem photography, mourning attire and jewelry, antique embalming table and equipment, and funeral decor.
Visitors are given a "favor" of a funeral cookie, wrapped in white paper and sealed with black wax. Docents dressed for mourning will provide guided tours. Admission is $10.
For more information, call 401-726-0597 or visit www.hearthsidehouse.org