It has been a long time since I tried my hand at creating a website. After logging into several free sites, I closed down my first real website to save the money. I always missed having that chance to be creative in my thoughts and photo display. There is just so much you can do with the free bloggers and site. Well, I am very proud of my new creation. I hope you will stop by and let me know what you think. "Leave you calling card", as a true Victorian woman would say
This past October, Hearthside was set up to re-create the Victorian
mourning customs and practices during the time when Simon Thornton passed
away. Hearthside was all draped in black, giving all who pass by
the message that this is a house in mourning. We mourned the passing of Simon E. Thornton, former owner of Hearthside, who died on May
2, 1873. It was told to us that his body was prepared at the house by the undertaker, who would come with his equipment and a portable embalming table to do his service. The coffin was in the Drawing Room where visitors would come and pay their
respects. Each room in the house had displays of mourning clothing,
jewelry, artwork, stationery displays, post mortem photography, and
other funerary exhibits.
Docent Estelle Barada waits for the next group of visitors to come into the dining room. Photo by Susan Gonsalves
When a home goes into mourning, all the servants went into mourning also. I portrayed the cook mourning the lost of my dear master. I handed out Funeral Biscuits to all who came to pay their respects to the family.
According to Victorian customs, following the ceremony, the coffin would be carried out of the house, feet first, and into a waiting hearse to bring it to the grave site for burial.