Fashions of the 1700s at the Wentworth House
In conjunction with “Useful and Beautiful,” this summer’s exhibit on New England needle work and textiles, some special programs on 18th century clothing are scheduled in the next two weeks at the historic Colonel Paul Wentworth House in Rollinsford.
Drop in on members of the Wentworth family this Sunday, August 2 for “Tea and Stitchery”
as they gather in the parlor to drink tea, sew, and discuss the latest fashions. Costumed interpreters will demonstrate the tools and techniques involved in hand sewing 18th century clothing, including making thread buttons and creating cording with a tape loom or a lucet.
Both completed garments and some in process will be on display. Or visit on August 9 for “A Gentleman of Fashion” when a tailor will be in residence and will demonstrate the techniques used to create men’s clothing in the 1700s. Guided tours of the house and the exhibit will be offered on both days.
The circa 1701 Colonel Paul Wentworth House is located on Water Street in Rollinsford and is maintained by the Association for Rollinsford Culture and History (ARCH) as an educational and cultural center. The house is open for tours every Sunday from 1 to 4 pm during the summer, and hosts a variety of events and activities throughout the year. Admission is free to ARCH members and by donation for non-members. For more information, consult the ARCH website at http://www.paulwentworthhouse.org or you may call 742-4747 or 749-1966.