January 27, 1991
"Nineteenth Century School Days" will be presented today from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Hagley Museum and Library, on the grounds of the old du Pont mills in Wilmington, Del. The program will be held in the Sunday School building. Since most of the children worked in the mills, Sunday was the only day to attend school. Interpreters will talk about those days and visitors can write with quill pens and read from old textbooks. Admission is $8 for adults, $6.50 for senior citizens and students, $3 for ages 6 to 14, free for children under 6. It includes admission to the museum, the du Pont mills, mansion and gardens.
November 11, 1990
Among the first of the great houses in the region to celebrate the Christmas season is Oatlands Plantation near Leesburg, Va. The holiday season at Oatlands opens on Saturday and continues through Dec. 22.Decorations throughout this classic revival mansion re-create a Victorian Yuletide, with kissing balls of aromatic boxwood and arrangements of magnolia leaves, pine cones, fruits and nuts. Much of the material used is gathered from the plantation grounds, and the decorations are reconstructed from descriptions in a diary of Elizabeth Grayson Carter Beach, who was born at Oatlands in 1867.