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Success of the Mourning Tea

Success of the Mourning Tea

The Mourning Tea was a huge success! All of the ladies (& gents!) enjoyed the tea and the mourning talk immensely! Kim Poovey started the tea by giving a talk about the mourning practices of the Victorian Period, which included dress regulations, portraits, traditions, and hair jewelry. It was quite informative, and I believe everyone learned a lot. Much of what the Victorians practiced for mourning are still with us today. Did you know that women have to wear mourning clothes for a certain number of years (depending on who had passed) while the men only had to wear mourning clothing for three months!

Once Kim was done giving her talk we served tea and food. The tea was Charleston Breakfast Tea from the Charleston Tea Plantation! It was very well received, which is good because we did have a mix up with the tea order. The tea we originally ordered was lost in the mail, and we were worried that the tea we had over-nighted wouldn’t make it on time. So we set out to find the tea, and thankfully Le Cookery on Hilton Head had some! They saved the entire tea and we are so thankful for their help! The Sugaree did an amazing job at catering the event! The food was delicious and almost all the plates were clean by the end of the tea!

The staff at the Heyward House is very appreciative for all the of help that we received from our event committee in planning the tea, and thankful for all of their hard work. We are also appreciative that so many people wanted to come to our event! We sold out of tickets just a few days before the tea was held, and people still wanted to buy tickets! We are glad that it was such a success, and we are pretty sure that the Mourning Tea might be a regular event!

Here are a few pictures from the Tea:

Set-up for the Tea 

Exhibit for the Mourning Tea 

Exhibit for the Mourning Tea 

Examples of Mourning Clothing 

Mourning Clothing 

Exhibit 

Exhibit 

Hair Jewlery 

Mourning Wreath made entirely out of hair 

More examples of Hair Wreaths 

3 Tiered Servers with Food 

Mini Eclairs & Lemon Bars 

Scones 

Finger Sandwiches 

Dianne, one of the docents. 

Behind the Scenes Action! 

Kim Poovey giving her talk

Best Always, 
Alyssa 

Mourning Tea

Mourning Tea

Today is the big day, we are having our Mourning Tea! We officially sold out of tickets on Monday, and we couldn’t be more happy! We almost had a slight crisis for the tea, but thankfully that was quickly solved. The tea we ordered from the Charleston Tea Plantation got lost in the mail, but thankfully Le Cookery on Hilton Head Island had the exact same tea. (Yay!)



The Mourning Tea will start at 3 pm and Ms. Kim Poovey is going to be our host. Kim is a local reenactress who knows quite a lot about Victorian culture and history. She will be discussing Victorian Mourning Practices, and will also have part of her collection on display. Kim has a lot of mourning jewelry (including hair jewelry) and examples of mourning clothing that will be on display. 

The Sugaree is catering the event and will provide the finger sandwiches, scones, and desserts. They are an amazing little cafe that has some of the best food. They are making a chicken salad finger sandwich, tomato and bacon finger sandwich, and a traditional cucumber sandwich. For the desserts we got mini eclairs and lemon bars! Yum! 

We will post another entry after the tea to show pictures and give details about how the event went! Wish us luck! 

Best Always, 
Alyssa 

Donations

Donations

There are no words to describe the feeling when someone donates items to the Bluffton Historical Preservation Society. The feeling is quite humbling and we are so grateful for everything that we have. Recently the Historical Society was given a bedroom set that dates back to the mid-1800’s. The bedroom set didn’t fit inside of the Heyward House, but instead we moved it over to the Colcock-Teel house*. We are working on a new exhibit/tour that will be located at the Colcock-Teel house, and the furniture will help to decorate the house, and to help tell a story. The bed and dresser are the recent donations, but I’ve also included pictures of the inside of the Colcock-Teel House.

Living Room Area 

Sheila the mannequin

New Dresser

New Bed

*For those of you that don’t know, the Colcock-Teel house is another historic home that the Bluffton Historical Preservation Society owns; it was bequeathed to us by Sophie Teel.  We use the Colcock-Teel house as an event space (we also own the live oak grove across from the house), and we store our archives there.

Have a good day!

Best Always,
Alyssa

Public Archaeology Day & Candle-making Class

Public Archaeology Day & Candle-making Class

Last year Katie and I came up with some ideas for programs we could do over the summer. We had an archaeology program, candle-making class, and a scavenger hunt. The summer was a success and all the summer camps that came to the Heyward House seemed to enjoy the programs we came up with.

We decided that we shouldn’t limit it to just summer time, so we’ve come up with some dates this fall for an archaeology day and a candle-making class. The programs are open to adults and children ages 5 & up. 
The public archaeology day will be held on October 18th from 10-12 pm. There will be two sessions for the archaeology, each lasting about an hour. $5 per adult and children under 18 are $3. Please call to sign up for the archaeology program by October 17th. 
The candle-making class will be held on November 7th from 1-2 pm. Scented or non-scented candles can be made using 19th Century techniques. $6 per adult and children under 18 are $4. Please call to sign up for the candle-making class by November 6th. 
If you are interested in these programs or want to know what else we have going on, just give us a call! 843-757-6293
Best Always,
Alyssa 

Wrap up from this week

Wrap up from this week

Oh goodness! This has been one busy week, not to mention month! We’ve already broken the visitor record for September, it is the highest its ever been. 

We had a school group at the Heyward House on Tuesday; 110 second graders from Okatie Elementary. The biggest school group we have had stop by-so far. We are excited to see how many other schools decide to have a field trip to the Heyward House. 

There was a Docent Recruitment Day on Wednesday, and it was nice to see the folks that came out to that. Current docents also came to that event, and they enjoyed talking to the potential docents about the house and how things work here. The staff at the Heyward House are always thankful for the docents that we have; if we didn’t have them we wouldn’t be able to accomplish half the things that we do. They are an amazing group of men and women. 

The Mourning Tea and Oyster Roast are steadily approaching, and we are steadily getting ready for it. The Mourning Tea should prove to be great fun, and we are hoping that people start calling and buying tickets soon! It’s October 15th from 3-5 pm. If you are interested in the tea, please call the Heyward House! (843-757-6293). 


Busy day!

Busy day!

Hello all!

It’s been a busy morning here at the Heyward House. We’ve already had over 15 people and it’s only 11 am! Can you believe it? 8 people wanted to take tours this morning, right at 10 am! That’s pretty amazing in our book. 🙂 We love that people are interested in the history of our little town. We have a pretty rich history, if I do say so myself!

Depending on the morning that we have, we can determine what the day is going to be like. So I think it is safe to say that a busy morning will mean that we will have a busy day. I think the rest of this year is going to be rather busy. We’ve had some school groups already schedule school days, hotels scheduling tour days for their guests, and people calling about tours!

We cannot wait for fall!!! It looks like it is going to be a good season ahead!

Best wishes for your day!

Starting something new!

Starting something new!

Hey there!

This is Alyssa, social media guru for the Heyward House Historic Center. It was decided that a blog should be started for the Heyward House to documents the goings-on at the house. I will try to blog daily about things that are going on here, and trust me quite a lot happens around here!

The Heyward House Historic Center is a house museum and official welcome center in Bluffton South Carolina. We are a town located between Beaufort and Hilton Head, if you have gone to Hilton Head you have driven through Bluffton. The Heyward House is located in the heart of Old Town Bluffton, the 1 square mile historic district. The house is one of eight homes and two churches that survive from the antebellum period. Little known fact about Bluffton: The Town was burned on June 4, 1863 by the Union Navy. (No, Sherman didn’t come through here.)

We’ve got a lot of history, and I will be happy to share it with the folks that read this blog. Stay tuned!

Fourth Of July

It’s that time of year again–fireworks, family, and Independence–fourth of July is almost here! During this time of the year we get to celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence, and we get to honor the men who worked so hard to make it happen. It’s very special for those of us here at the Heyward House Historic Center. Our George Cuthbert Heyward, whose family would live in this house, was the grandson of Col. Thomas Heyward Jr.–a signer of the Declaration!  How cool is that (we know, really cool)!?

Since the holiday is fast approaching, we just want to let everyone know that we will be closed that day. Our staff members will be celebrating Independence Day with their family. Don’t worry though! We will be open on Saturday, July 5th, from 10-4.

 

We hope everyone enjoys the holiday, and make sure it’s a safe holiday!

Busy Summer Ahead!

Last week we started our summer programs at the Heyward House Historic Center, and you can already tell it’s gonna be a busy summer! We have kids from St. Francis, Boys & Girls Club-Bluffton, Kid’s College, PALS, and Camp Lowcountry Day visiting us almost every week until August! The kids really seem to enjoy themselves though. They get to choose from 3 activities that we have, each offers a different learning experience. So far we have done our Candle-making and Archaeology programs-and they went off without a hitch! We will be conducting our Scavenger Hunt this week, so we shall see how it goes!

We also have program days that are open to the public! Candle-making will be held on June 27 & July 25; Archaeology will be held on July 3 & July 18; Scavenger Hunts will be held on July 11 & August 1. To reserve your spot please call 843-757-6293. Each activity ranges in price from $2-$4.

Archaeology and Preservation Lecture

Have you always wanted to learn more about archaeology? Well then, you’re in luck! Katie Epps, Manager of the Heyward House, is giving a lecture on Archaeology and Preservation May 22, 2014 from 2-4 pm. The lecture will be held at the Heyward House Historic Center, in the gentleman’s parlor.

 

Katie is an archaeologist by training; she obtained her MA in Anthropology from USC and has been in the field for over 10 years. She will be explaining what archaeology is and how it helps preserve the past. She will also be explaining the new archaeology program at the Heyward House Historic Center. 

 

This lecture is free to attend but donations are appreciated. Refreshments will be available. If you have any questions please call 843-757-6293.