Photos: Regency Ladies Weekend at Riversdale

Hat and gloves, awaiting their lady's turn about the grounds.

Hat and gloves, awaiting their lady’s turn about the grounds.

I spent a goodly part of this past weekend playing the part of a Regency Lady at Riversdale Park, a historic Georgian mansion in Maryland. The park, a national historic landmark, is now owned by Prince Georges County.

The weekend's schedule; click to see bigger

Our busy schedule; click to see bigger

The mansion’s guides, led by Ann Wass of Clothing through American History: The Federal Era through Antebellum, 1786-1860 fame, put on this event ever 18 months or so. I’d highly recommend it, if you are in town then.

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We got to get up-close with the artifacts during the scavenger hunt. I wish I’d had this photo when I did marketing for my last book, A Note of Scandal. It could have been Olivia’s pianoforte!

We cooked our own meal, mostly over the open-hearth fire (!). In front, she stirs an oyster stew; in the pots over the fire are soup (my dish) and parsnips for mashing.

We cooked our own meal, mostly over the open-hearth fire (!). In front, she stirs an oyster stew; in the pots over the fire are soup (my dish) and parsnips for mashing.

Ladling the oyster stew into bread bowls in the portable broiler. In front the beef collops simmer.

Ladling the oyster stew into bread bowls in the portable broiler. In front the beef collops simmer. Also on the menu were salad, sweet potato pudding, and pear fritters.

My contribution! I picked it because I know how to chop vegetables and not 'real' cooking.

My contribution! I picked it because I know how to chop vegetables and not much else about cooking.

Ladies take a turn about the grounds.

Ladies take a turn about the grounds.

We are dressed for dinner.

We are dressed for dinner.

Riversdale Mansion at night. I took this during the Haloween event in mid-October--spooky!

Riversdale Mansion at night. I took this during the Halloween event in mid-October–spooky!

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