Victorian Society at Falls Church, Virginia

Victorian Society at Falls Church, Virginia The Victorian Society at Falls Church promotes an interest in all aspects of the Victorian era.


A new Dressing up video is up!
1897 ball gown and we are having some close look at some very racy lace drawers....


In the 1860s, ladies often wore their hair rolled back at the sides and at the nape of their neck. These rolls were usually created using false hair or “rats.


With flair and fire, he turned mixology into a performance.


Happy Birthday, Elizabeth Thorn!

Elizabeth Thorn was born on this date in 1832. Thorn, a German immigrant, lived with her three young sons in the Evergreen Cemetery Gatehouse during the Battle of Gettysburg. Pregnant at the time of the battle and with her husband off fighting in the war, Thorn and her elderly father and sons buried over 90 Union soldiers within weeks of the battle. Thorn died in 1907 and is buried in Evergreen Cemetery, where a statue is dedicated in her honor.


Though the practice is now more associated with Halloween, spooking out your family is well within the Christmas spirit


From the opening of the Great Exhibition in Hyde Park to the tragic fire that destroyed it, the Crystal Palace inspired photographers on the ground and in the air.



19th Century vampire hunting kit.


This museum devoted to the gothic author holds such interesting ephemera as his socks and walking stick.


Newspaper Ad Placed By Man Looking For Wife In 1865 Is HilariousInspireMore If you think online dating is a hard gig, try finding a significant other in 1865. Somehow, someway, this ‘wife wanted’ ad, found in a newspaper from the 19th century, was passed down until a photocopy made its way onto ...


Women seeking the right to vote published the cookbooks both to raise funds for their cause — and as a strategic rebuttal to those who painted them as neglectful mothers and kitchen-hating harridans.



The 1871 cat show ushered in a new era of appreciation for the furry rat-catchers.




Ten years after the first women’s rights convention Elizabeth Cady Stanton was still struggling for the freedom to pursue her goals.

On July 4th, 1858, she wrote a letter to Susan B. Anthony talking about how different her husband’s life was from hers…

“How rebellious it makes me feel to see Henry going about where and how he pleases. He can walk at will through the whole wide world or shut himself up alone, if he pleases, within four walls. As I contrast his freedom with my bo***ge and feel that, because of the false position of woman, I have been compelled to hold all my noblest aspirations in obeyance in order to be a wife, a mother, a nurse, a household drudge, I am fired anew . . .”

This Independence Day learn a little bit about one of the women who helped pave the way for the freedoms we enjoy today Women's Rights NHP:

Image 1: Melinda Grube, as Elizabeth Cady Stanton, sitting in the Stanton parlor telling a story to several young women seated on the floor.


Falls Church, VA

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