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Historic site to move time forward for Regency Day

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A print called The First Quadrille at Almack's provides an example of Regency Period attire. A print called The First Quadrille at Almack's provides an example of Regency Period attire. The Reminiscences and Recollections of Captain Gronow

Historic Halifax will advance time a few years ahead to around 1815 for Regency Day Saturday.

In American, the Regency Period was called the Federalist Period, Site Manager Robert Bemis said.
The Regency Period in Great Britain marked the time when King George III was deemed unfit to rule.
“This will be the first time we’ve ever had this event,” Bemis said. “We have the structures of the time period and space to sprawl out.”
It marked a period when William R. Davie was named emissary to Napoleon and American was getting involved in the War of 1812. “There’s a little bit of a Napoleonic influence,” Bemis said.
Halifax remained a major city.

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An example of Regency Period attire for women.


Clothing styles changed then and men would try to emulate Greco-Roman sculptures.
The Jane Austen Society will assist in the event as will the Regency Society of Virginia.
The event is being held in conjunction with the Stagville Historic Site in Durham.

The schedule of activities are as follows:

Dance at 10 a.m. in the front yard of the Sally-Billy House
Archery at 11 a.m. at the amphitheater
A second dance at 2 p.m. in the yard of the Sally-Billy House
Militia drill in the town common at 3 a.m.

Ongoing activities and demonstrations

Owens House: Making band boxes; bonnets and millinery

Burgess House: Dressmaking; kites and toys; cabinet of curiosities and silhouettes

Clerk’s office: Land sales and printing; paper marbling and tailoring

Tap room: Bartending; cooking and beer brewing

 

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