|The Front of Hope Lodge|
|Hope Lodge from the side|
Another highlight was meeting a Benjamin Franklin impersonator - my first! He had an awesome sampling of some of Franklin's electrical experiments and some of them were functioning. Very cool! He was also loads of fun to talk to, so I'm glad he waved us over. We were just going to walk by his tent without going inside.
We were only able to stay about an hour because of the chill, but it was such a fun little trip. I think we'll try to make it again next year and hopefully the weather will be kinder and we can bring the husbands and kids.
Enjoy some pictures!
|Sitting Room in Hope Lodge|
It's painted in a gorgeous Prussian Blue color -
a popular and very expensive color for the late 1700s.
|The featured room is highlighted in red on this sign. Even better!|
|This dining room was just as dim as the photo shows.|
It also features the interpretation of Colonial Revival style
in the 1920s and '30s - black and white. Kinda boring.
Give me Prussian Blue any day!
|The housekeeper's room was lovely and very bright. That|
red door is a secret passage into the front sitting room.
I love secret passageways!
|The dairy room. There was a water trough that ran all the way around that held water to keep the room cooler. The slatted doors allowed for air circulation. Cool!|
|The Scullery. There was a separate building out back behind the house |
that was the summer kitchen.
|Root cellar. No doubt this would have been chock full of stuff|
back in the day.
|Upstairs bedchamber. Lovely!|
|Another bedroom. Love the bed and there's that Prussian Blue again!|
|Some reenactor ladies in the hall outside the bedrooms.|
|A reenactor/museum volunteer roasting a chicken|
over the fire. I loved this method of roasting.
The chicken spun on the string and she'd use the drippings to baste
it now and then. I bet that chicken tasted amazing!
|Benjamin Franklin and I standing in front of his table of|
cool electrical experiments
|Leydon jars, a glass charging tube with fur, the infamous kite & key, a battery|
(the row of glass plates), and various other instruments
|My friend Katherine testing out the battery.|
Apparently, Benjamin Franklin was able to explode gunpowder from a distance
using a similar type of battery he created. In fact, Franklin invented the term "battery".
Ha! Another thing I didn't know.
|Katherine and I got a picture with the red coats.|
They tried to get us to say "Long live the king!"
Instead I said, "Hurrah for General Washington!"
They weren't too fond of that. hahaha!