VICTORIAN MOURNING CUSTOMS ARE THE TOPIC OF OCTOBER TOURS AT HISTORIC JOSEPH TURNER HOUSE

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Please join the Union Forge Heritage Association for Victorian Mourning-themed house tours on October 9th and October 16th, 2016 at the historic Joseph Turner House.

 

During the Victorian era from 1837 to 1901, grieving families often engaged in elaborate, and what might be regarded macabre, customs to commemorate their dearly departed.

 

Take a step back in time and visit a household in mourning in the late 1800s.   The rooms of the historic 1760 Turner House at 117 VanSyckles Road in Hampton, NJ will be set up as they would have been for a Victorian mourning.  Costumed docents will be on hand to greet visitors and guide them on tours of the rooms.

 

Although topics like grave robbing, vampire panics, and fear of being buried alive may seem more suited to Halloween and horror movies than historic themed tours, these and other Victorian beliefs and superstitions regarding death are based in history.

 

Guided tours will explore these and other topics using artifacts from the Union Forge Heritage Associations collection as well as antique items on loan from other sources and reproductions. Items include a collection of vintage mourning jewelry from The Vintage Shoppe in downtown Clinton, and a “toe pincher” coffin from long time local resident Doug Martin, a retired funeral director.

 

Admission is $10 per person.  Tours start at 2:00, 2:30, 3:00 and 3:30 pm on October 9th and 16th.  Light refreshments will be served. Reservations are required so please contact Union Forge Heritage Association at  UFHAevents@hotmail.com or by phone at 908-713-1439 for more information and to make reservations.

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