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I am a Docent and tour guide to the historic Hearthside House in Lincoln, RI. I have a passion for the Victorian era.

I am a lover of the art of drinking tea, having Victorian tea parties, and teaching young girls tea etiquette and proper manners in public.

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Saturday, November 15, 2014

My New Website!



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

Lady Estelle    The Victorian Lady of Providence
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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Victorian Mourning Customs 2014




 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.

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Costume Contest USA Entry 29.) Dress: Historic Hearthside House Hostess Gown Victorian Costume Contest



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"Lovely, glowing creation blended of soft, feminine hues. A stunning gown that embodies Victorian style femininity..."








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