Virginia Beach Historic Houses and Public Libraries Celebrate Jane Austen with a Regency Weekend

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

(Virginia Beach, VA) - In observation of the 200th anniversary of the publication of Jane Austen’s novel “Mansfield Park,” the Virginia Beach Historic Houses and Virginia Beach Public Libraries will host Celebrating Jane Austen: A Regency Weekend on May 2 and 3.

  • May 2 at 7 p.m. the movie “Becoming Jane” will be screened at the Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library. Admission is free.


  • May 3 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., the Francis Land House will host a Regency Fair. The family-friendly event will include outdoor games, crafts, and exhibits. Admission is $2 per person.


  • Also on May 3, at 4:30 p.m., Daniel Cole, adjunct professor from the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, will present “Hierarchy and Seduction in Regency Fashion” at the Francis Land House. Tickets are $15 per person and are available for sale at the Francis Land House. Refreshments and a brief tour of the house will follow the program.


  • To round out the weekend, the Virginia Beach-TCC Joint Use Library will offer a book display on Jane Austen.


Regency dress is welcome at all events.


About the Virginia Beach Historic Houses:

The Virginia Beach Historic Houses include the Francis Land House, Adam Thoroughgood House, and Lynnhaven House. Along with the Princess Anne County Training School/Union Kempsville High School Museum, the historic houses are owned and operated by the City of Virginia Beach Department of Museums. The Department of Museums provides stewardship of the City’s historic resources as well as programs to educate the community about local history.


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