Christmas & Candlelight 2018

I found a few blog posts in my “drafts” tab that I want to finish writing or putting pictures in and share with you all. Better late than never right? (:

In December last year my sister and I attended the Historic Washington State Park’s event….”Christmas & Candlelight.” Every year in December they have this event, and it is always so beautiful! A lot of the historic homes and buildings in the park are open for touring, everything is decorated for the holidays, and they have luminaries everywhere! It makes for a beautiful evening!

When we went I made sure to take as many pictures as I could! Last year I barely took any….but I did better this year! 

The dining room through the window on the front porch of the Block home. 
The dining room of the Block home
The fireplace mantel in the parlor room at the Block home

The first place we went to was the block home, this was the home of the only Jewish family in Washington, Arkansas. The head of the Block family- Abraham Block- moved his family to Washington and opened a store there in 1825. Not only where they the only Jewish family in Washington, they were also the first Jewish family to immigrate to the state of Arkansas.  Instead of having the house decorated for Christmas, it’s decorated for Hanukkah. My Mum is the mastermind behind the decorations for the Block home. I think she did a wonderful job! 

Beautiful basket of candles  

The next place we went to was the candle shop. They have a variety of candles and wax burners, Christmas tree decorations, candle sticks, and much more! Both the sister and I decided to dip a plain, white candle into some colored wax. I made a blue candle, and she made a green one, they both went to our Mum’s candle stash. (: 

After the candle shop we made our way over to the 1874 courthouse. I don’t usually take my time when visiting the courthouse, but the sister and I decided to go see what was there.

The following pictures were from exhibits on the first floor of the courthouse.

The adorable Christmas tree in the 1874 courthouse.

Next, we went upstairs and looked in one of the rooms upstairs. In this room they change out the exhibits periodically. When we went the had an exhibit called “Around the World” Magic Lantern Exhibit.

A rather blurry photo of the different lanterns outside of the courthouse.

I just love this staircase, there’s another one just opposite of this one as well. After the courthouse we went and visited the Royston house.

Isn’t the stained glass beautiful? When you go to the inside of the house and look through the blue glass it gives the appearance that it’s snowing outside! Just lovely!

The sister loved this little glass shoe on the table. :)

Even the piano has some Christmas paper chains!

Another Christmas tree!

“The stockings were hung by the chimney with care.”

I really enjoyed touring the park for this even and enjoyed the time spent with my sister even more!

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Jonquil Festival 2019

Last weekend I volunteered at Old Washington Historic State Park for their annual Jonquil Festival event. The weather was beautiful, the flowers were in bloom, and we had quite a few visitors! It was a great event!

The Sanders Homestead

I gave tours in the Sanders Homestead along with 3 other ladies. The two of us that were inside the home decided to do first person impressions to make things more interesting for all the visitors. This means that we portrayed two of the daughters of the Sanders family. I portrayed Sarah Sanders Garland, wife of Augustus Garland. Fun fact! Augustus Garland became the 11th governor of the state of Arkansas! He served from 1874 to 1877. Bree portrayed Isabella Sanders, the second daughter of the Sanders family.

The beautiful flowers in front of the house! Everyone loved walking through our front gate to take pictures of them.

My reading for in between giving tours- “From the errors of other nations, let us learn wisdom.”

A portrait of the famous Swedish opera singer- Jenny Lind! She was often referred to as the “Swedish Nightingale.”

One of the rooms of the house is set up as the girls’ room.

Isabella Sanders (Bree) writing her latest story while waiting on visitors to come by.

The parlor of the Sanders home. Isn’t it beautiful!

The gorgeous piano in the parlor.

The parent’s room.

In the afternoon we decided to sit on the porch and watch the surrey go by and greet visitors as they came in through our front gate.

The detached kitchen behind the house.

I wore my Irish cockade from Creative Cockades! Go check out her site! I have two cockades from her (at the moment;)) and she does beautiful work! Everyone loved the cockade!  

Keep on the lookout for future blog posts! I’m in the works of writing out *several* posts and will publish them shortly! Happy Friday!

Civil War Weekend @ OWHSP 2018

Hello friends and hello first post of 2019! I hope your New Year has been off to a great start! I took quite a long break from blogging, but I promise that this year I’m getting back into blogging on the regular. That’s one of my goals for this year. (;

Last November I volunteered at Old Washington Historic State Park for the annual Civil War Weekend event. I volunteered in the 1836 courthouse. During the Civil War the city of Washington became the capital for the Confederacy. The courthouse was also used as a schoolhouse for many years, and in one of the rooms upstairs it is still used to demonstrate a one room schoolhouse. I spent most of my time up there giving tours and lessons from the 1850’s. The school children loved getting a 19th Century school lesson!

Upstairs in the 1836 courthouse
Inside the school room
A sweet little girl drew this for me after her “lesson’ (:

I posted the above photo on Facebook, and one of the ladies I know commented on the post and told me that the Ladies Auxiliary met at the 1836 courthouse during the 19th Century to work on sewing projects. I found that so fascinating that the next day I brought some material and cut out a new 1860’s cotton day dress!

A 19th Century selfie
Some of us ladies after the battle on Sunday

It was another lovely weekend for the event and I enjoyed every minute of it!