As you can see, I'm still fixated on colonial folks and their dress. I would give anything to get trussed up in some stays and petticoats just to see how it felt:) I did have a hoop skirt and Civil War era gown years ago and let me tell you, those hoops required some serious management. They were like wearing hula hoops attached with netting and had a mind of their own, especially in a stiff wind. But women, by then, had graduated to bloomers or pantalets, unlike their colonial sisters. So if the wind blew you'd see a bunch of lace and linen. Not nearly as provocative a view:)
This picture is from Mount Vernon, George and Martha's home in Virginia. Sadly, I've never been there though I lived mere hours away in Kentucky. I have been reading voraciously about Monticello recently, home of Thomas Jefferson, but have never been there either. This weekend I finished Ann Rinaldi's novel about Jefferson and his family - Wolf by the Ears and it simply stoked my longing to go. Rinaldi became interested in historical fiction doing historical reenactments, mostly colonial ones, with her son.
I don't know that I could work up the courage to get into colonial garb before a bunch of people, even in such lovely duds as these. I am a tad on the self-conscious side. One author I know wears 19th-century dresses to her books signings which I find quite clever. I do, however, have a terrible hankering to go traveling to some historic sites. And I don't mean in Washington State:) This place isn't historic, for heavens sake! It's only been a state for a hundred years or so!
Some of my favorite historic sites are Kentucky's Fort Boonesboro, Whitehall and Ashland (Cassius and Henry Clay's homes, respectively), the home where Daniel Boone died in Missouri, Old Sturbridge Village in Massachusetts, and the Mark Twain historic site in Missouri. I'll probably think of half a dozen more when I sign off here.
I'd love to know what historic sites you've visited and what you liked about them. Since I can't travel right now I can live vicariously through your comments. Thanks for that!