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Spring cleaning came a little early this year!

Spring cleaning came a little early this year!

Spring cleaning? More like beginning of the year cleaning!

The Heyward House closed down from Jan. 5 through Jan. 10 so that the staff and some volunteers would be able to do some major cleaning! And let me tell ya, we got a lot of stuff done! We were able to do a deep clean of the downstairs and the upstairs. We were also able to completely  re-organize the upstairs (YAY!), so now we know exactly what we’ve got to work with. We weren’t able to do all the renovations we wanted to do, but hopefully we will be able to do all of that soon!

We were also able to move some things around in the house, and it looks great! We were finally able to set up a display case where all of the artifacts are set up now. The plantation desk looks more like an actual in use desk now. We’ve got a Harper’s Weekly on the desk that talks about the assassination of Lincoln, and a wanted poster for John Wilkes Booth! We also moved some stuff around in the Lady’s parlor so now it’s more open and not so crowded.

We are very happy with all the work that we’ve accomplished and we would like to thank everyone for bearing with us while we were closed.

Best,
Alyssa

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 

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!