We’re Simply Having a Wonderful Christmastide!

In December 1816, inventory records show that William Croghan purchased the following supplies for his household:
½ lb alspice
1 oz Thread
3 Pianno Strings
1 pair shoes
⅛ yds Levanture [Levantine?]
1 yd Riband
24 pains glass
4 pains glass
3 ¾ yds Blue Cloth
2 cuts Thread
2 doz Buttons
2 yds Linen
1 yd Flannel
1 lb Imperial Tea
2 Pitchers

His eldest son, Dr. John Croghan, is listed as ordering the following:
vest shape
1 ½ yds B. Cambric
2 skeins silk
1 doz moulds
paid Mrs Anderson for making vest shape
3 bowls
¼ lb Tea
1 qr. paper
½ yd Blk cambrick
½ qr. paper
2 yds Flannel
1 qr. paper
1 Loaf Sugar 8 Cherry
1 pair worsted
1 “ Lamb’s wool socks
½ quire Letter Paper
½ qr. common writing paper
½ qr. paper

Now, we have absolutely no evidence that any of this was going to be used in a holiday celebration like our own event, Christmastide. We don’t know if those two skeins of silk were a gift from John to one of his young sisters, or if William was planning on surprising Lucy with new glass windows. Three piano strings are certainly a part of regular piano maintenance and upkeep, and letter paper is a necessity when many of your friends and relations live miles away from Louisville.

What surprises do the gentlemen of the family have in store for the ladies?

It certainly is fun to imagine, however, that some of these purchases might turn into Christmas presents for the family’s end-of-year celebrations. In the early 19th century, Christmas looked a little different–Twelfth Night was the major seasonal holiday.  But a little after our interpretive time of 1816, many of the holiday traditions we know and love today came into being, such as “A Visit From St. Nicholas” (also known as “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas”),  first published on December 23, 1823 in the Troy Sentinel in New York State. Gift-giving had long been a part of holiday celebrations, but was generally not reciprocal and involved the master and mistress of a house or family bestowing tokens on their children, servants, slaves, and others without expecting anything in return. However, we at Locust Grove encourage everyone to give gifts–especially those that can be purchased at our Holiday Book Sale and Period Craft Market! If you’re looking for pitchers like the ones William purchased or a pair of lamb’s wool socks, look no further! Here are our participating historic artisans whose wares will be for sale during Christmastide:

In the Visitors’ Center you can also shop in our Museum Store, where everything is 20% off through Sunday, December 4! Children can also learn about the history of “A Visit from St. Nicholas” and make Christmas cards and pomander balls!

The ladies of the family will certainly have lots of tips for hosting a holiday party.

The ladies of the family will certainly have lots of tips for hosting a holiday party.

Once you venture out of the Visitors’ Center into the house, you’ll find members of the Croghan family and their friends engaged in all the bustle and activity of preparing for a holiday party. Perhaps you’ll encounter the ladies refreshing their curls while instructing younger members of the family on all the elements of being a good and gracious hostess. Maybe the gentlemen will deal you into a game of speculation or ask you which waistcoat is more appropriate for the occasion. There’s sure to be dancing and singing, as well as  conversations about all the events of the past year. No matter what time you arrive between 12pm and 7pm, you’re sure to find something to strike your historical fancy and draw you into the world of 1816. Christmastide festivities will run on Saturday, December 3, from 12-7pm. Admission is $6 for adults, $3 for children 6-12. Children under 6 will be free. Admission includes entrance to the Period Craft Market and the Holiday Book Sale. The Holiday Book Sale will continue on Sunday, December 4, from 10am-4:30pm with no admission charge.

Such silliness!

A lighthearted moment after last year’s Christmastide

We are so excited to welcome all of you back to Locust Grove this season! It is always a pleasure to have a cup of cheer with our friends and neighbors.

Warmly  yours,

Hannah

 

Market Fair is here!

It’s Market Fair Weekend! We are delighted to have all of our friends join us this weekend for 18th century fun! Our schedules are below and on our website and Facebook pages. These schedules are subject to change; you can always call 502.897.9845 for the most updated information.

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18th Century Market Fair at Locust Grove

Schedule of Events

Saturday, October 29, 2016

10:30-10:50: Morning Parades of the Military (Military Camps, Valley)

11:00-11:30– Artillery Demo (Field)

11:00-11:30– Faire Wynds, 18th Century Circus. Historic Home Porch Side

11:30-Noon– Father, Son, and Friends (Historic Home, Blankenbaker Lane Side)

Noon-12:30– Tour of the Congressional Military Camp (Meet at log cabin near the stone wall)

12:30-1:00– Tour of the Crown Military Camp (Meet at log cabin near the stone wall)

12:30-1:00– Jack Salt & The Captain’s Daughter (Jack Salt’s Lair- Vendor Area)

1:00-1:45: Military Recruitment (Kids Militia) Listen for the recruiting sergeant.

1:00-1:30: Father, Son, and Friends (Historic Home, Blankenbaker Lane Side)

2:00-2:50– American Independence Declared!! Hear the Declaration. 18th Century Martial Music by Louisville Baroque Trumpets. Historic Home Facing Blankenbaker Lane

2:30-3:00: Faire Wynds, 18th Century Circus. Historic Home Porch Side

3:00-3:45: The Battle of Long Island, NY, 1776 (Valley)

4:00: Military Retreat

4:00: 18th Century Martial Music by Louisville Baroque Trumpets (Historic Home, Blankenbaker Lane Side)

Throughout the Day

Meet the People of the Revolution: Visit the camps for conversations with the past and an up close look at life during the Revolutionary War.

Hearth Kitchen: Cooks will be busy preparing food for hungry soldiers all day.

The Doctor is in: Revolutionary War surgeon in “the residence” (stone outbuilding)

Faire Wynds: 18th Century Circus. Historic Home Porch Side

Lisette LePoux: Fortunes Told; Tarot Cards Read. In the vendor area.

The Resurrectionists: Body Snatchers and Professional Mourners for Hire

Children’s Scavenger Hunt: Details in the Visitor Center

The Rat Catcher

Sheep Pen: Near the weaver’s booth, vendor area.

Tour the Historic Home

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18th Century Market Fair at Locust Grove

Schedule of Events

Sunday, October 30, 2016

11-11:20: Morning Parades of the Military (Military Camps, Valley)

11:30-Noon: Artillery Demo (Field)

11:30-Noon: Faire Wynds, 18th Century Circus. Near Historic Home.

Noon: British Crown Forces Confiscate the Mansion

12:30-1:10: 18th Century Martial Music by Louisville Baroque Trumpets (Historic Home, Blankenbaker Lane Side)

12:30-1:00: Tour of the Congressional Military Camp (Meet at log cabin near the stone wall)

1:00-1:30: Tour of the Crown Military Camp (Meet at log cabin near the stone wall)

1:00-1:30: Jack Salt & The Captain’s Daughter (Jack Salt’s Lair- Vendor Area)

1:00-1:45: Military Recruitment (Kids Militia) Listen for the recruiting sergeant.

1:00-4:15: Tour the Historic Home

1:30-2:00: Father, Son, and Friends (Historic Home, Blankenbaker Lane Side)

2:00: British and German Armies Enter the Market; Establish Law and Order

2:30-3:00: Faire Wynds, 18th Century Circus. Near Historic Home

3-3:45: Battle of Harlem Heights, New York, 1776 (Valley)

4:00: Military Retreat

Throughout the Day

Meet the People of the Revolution: Visit the camps for conversations with the past and an up close look at life during the Revolutionary War.

Hearth Kitchen: Cooks will be busy preparing food for hungry soldiers all day.

The Doctor is in: Revolutionary War surgeon in “the residence” (stone outbuilding)

British Military Baggage of the Revolution: By Lynn Phipps; near the military camps.

Faire Wynds: 18th Century Circus. Historic Home Porch Side

Lisette LePoux: Fortunes Told; Tarot Cards Read. In the vendor area.

The Resurrectionists: Body Snatchers and Professional Mourners for Hire

Children’s Scavenger Hunt: Details in the Visitor Center

The Rat Catcher

Sheep Pen: Near the weaver’s booth, vendor area.

We hope to see you in the 18th century! Stop by the Visitors’ Center and say hello!

Revolutionarily yours,

Hannah

Market Fair Vendor Spotlight: 96 District Fabrics

The wait is almost over–Market Fair is this weekend! The event runs 10am-4:30pm daily on Saturday, October 29, and Sunday, October 30. We’ll have new activities and vendors, but lots of familiar faces as well, including the subject of our last vendor spotlight. Beth of 96 District Fabrics graciously agreed to tell us about her life with period fabrics! Take it away, Beth!

My husband Jimmy and I own 96 District Fabrics and we sell period appropriate fabrics, patterns and sewing accessories for reenactors. We bought the business five years ago from friends and we quit our jobs and took on this business full time. We plan to continue with this career path until it is no longer enjoyable.

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The 96 District Team, Beth and Jimmy. Photo courtesy of 96 District Fabrics. 

 

This will be our fifth year in attendance at  Market Fair. We do quite a few different time periods and we look forward to seeing our friends from different regions and time periods. We never have a dull moment! It’s exciting to be a merchant … getting to help people create their custom outfits and helping them pick just the right fabric for just the right project.  We look forward to seeing what our customers have created from previous years purchases and getting involved in what new projects and ideas they have for their next undertaking. Most of the fabrics we carry were created for a different purpose whether it be for quilting, curtains or upholstery. Not just reenactors buy our products as many people appreciate good quality all natural fabrics. Something of which you don’t find very often in modern fabric stores. One of our main challenges is continuously searching for period appropriate fabrics at an affordable price for our customers.

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Silks and ribbons and more! Photo courtesy of 96 District Fabrics. 

We attend 25 to 30 events a year while some are only a weekend others last a week and one even lasts for two weeks. Customers can look up our website and see what events we will be attending throughout the year. We are only a phone call or email away!

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Look for the 96 District Tent this weekend! Photo courtesy of Heather Hiner. 

Thanks, Beth! We can’t wait to see you this weekend and see all the treasures you have with you!

We hope to see all of you at Market Fair this weekend–the sheep are returning, children can muster with the militia, there will be music and games and shopping and delicious food–truly, what more could you want? Admission is $8 for adults and $4 for children. Check our website and this blog before you visit for the full schedule of events. We’ll also have updates on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  If you see your friendly neighborhood blogger Hannah racing around with a camera, please say hello! It’s always a pleasure to meet new friends. Meet you in the 18th century!

Humbly yours,

Hannah