​Lift the Veil on Victorian Mourning and Funeral Customs

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

(Virginia Beach, VA) - How did people mourn the loss of a loved one in the mid-19th century?  Bobette Nelson, executive director of the Norfolk Society for Cemetery Conservation, will present “Widow’s Weeds & Hair Wreaths: Victorian Mourning and Funeral Customs” at the Colonial Education Center at the Lynnhaven House on Saturday, Oct. 25 at 4:30 p.m. Visitors will learn about the etiquette of mourning, clothing for different stages of mourning, and what a house in mourning looked like. Additionally, guests will discover why the popularity of séances escalated during the Victorian period.

Admission to “Widow’s Weeds & Hair Wreaths: Victorian Mourning and Funeral Customs”  is $5 per person. Please call (757) 385-5100 for more information.


About the Virginia Beach History Museums:

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

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