Warning: Very photo heavy post!!! :)
On the Sunday morning after the ball, I decided to go into town and take the free shuttle bus to the American Museum. I had wanted to visit the museum for quite sometime, but every year I had never gotten round to it. This year I decided enough was enough, I was going to go even if it meant walking all the way there. Luckily I found out about the bus, so no need to go on a 10 mile hike! :)
I especially wanted to go that weekend, as the American Civil War Society were holding their annual end of year reenactment at the museum, and I had long wanted to see an ACW reenactment.
The Museum is housed in an old country house (formerly Claverton Manor), and most rooms are decorated in a different historical American style (just like the rooms of the DAR Museum in Washington DC), interspersed with a few exhibition rooms.
The first room was a reconstructed 18th century tavern
The next room was an exhibition room which contained a few items of clothing
A beautiful victorian dress.
The back. I tried to get a close up of the embroidery but every photo came out blurry!!! :(
So pretty, with a beautifully embroidered train.
A slightly blurry close up of the train. It had little embroidered bees all over it!
The next room was full of chairs from different decades throughout America's history.
I really need to start taking notes when visiting museums, as I can't remember anything about this room, and it isn't in the guide book!
Dolls made by early settlers.
Right, I need to apologise for the majority of the photos you are about to see. Despite my camera claiming to be anti shaking/blurring, most of the photos I took of the rooms came out really blurry! :( . Am hoping Father Christmas might give me a new one. :)
A 17th century Keeping room
A slightly blurry candle storage box
The dome in the ceiling of the building's stairwell.
A regency lady gracing the walls
A parlor c.1770
There was a small exhibition on the tea trade
an early 19th century tea cady.
A late 18th century Drawing Room
I spent a while trying to take a clear photo of the gown from the front, but unfortunately to no avail. :(
An 1830s bedroom
with a lovely white regency gown in it.
A Victorian Shaker's house
Pennsylvania German room
18th century lady - I can't remember which room she graced!!
c. 1830 Greek Revival room.
Bedroom from the civil war era.
After I finished touring the house, I went into the garden to watch the reenactment.
The house from the garden.
It was more of a demonstration than a battle, but it was interesting.
Though I have to admit that I was quite disappointed. One of my favourite parts of reenactment is the living history part, and for some reason there wasn't really a historical campsite at this event. I went all over the grounds looking for it but all I found were a couple of tents with nothing in them :(
Marching back after the battle.
I would definitely recommend the museum. It was very interesting insight into American social history, and also had an amazing collection of patchwork quilts.
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