Yesterday It was a beautiful day and I actually had some free time(gasp!). I decided to take a walk since the weather was so nice and I ended up at an fun and offbeat attraction Gettysburg called ” Civil War Tails at The Homestead Diorama Museum”. If you like cats, the civil war, history or dioramas you will love this place! I figured this museum would have beautiful dioramas and the rest would be ok. The rest being the tour portion.
I was partially wrong.
The museum does have beautiful Dioramas. But Rebecca (one of the sisters who gave me a tour) was knowledgeable beyond what I find in most museums! As I was looking at the dioramas, she was regaling me with the history of every scene and going into technical detail on how they were constructed! I was blown away. Right now this is a very small museum but they are working to expand right now.
So now for the important details:
This museum is run by two sisters Ruth and Rebecca Brown. They are both awesome!
There are a grand total of 8,500 cats in the museum but *only* 6,000 are on display in the dioramas. That’s a lot of cats. Rebecca told me it takes her only 7 minutes to make one cat. If she is sculpting a horse with a cat rider that takes 1 hour and 15 minutes. That’s impressive.
And there is only one dog in the museum:
There are 3 huge dioramas and many small ones. Currently they are in the process of making Little round top.
Now I will leave you with the photos and the website to get more information on this wonderful attraction!
Have you ever wanted to dive deeper in the world of the 1850s or 1860s? The Citizens forum of the 1860s is coming up on March 24th-26th, 2017. This conference touches on a number of subjects for the civilian reenactor and historian of the Civil war era period. During this conference there will be a talk given by my chaperon, Samantha Stanley! She will talk on dolls from 1850-1865 including what to look for when choosing a doll and fashions for the well dressed doll!
Here is the preview video that was made in preparation for it:
If you want to learn more about this opportunity to learn more about our past check out this site:
Most people will cook a huge feast for Thanksgiving day; not in my house! Samantha told me to put on something nice but also something I was able to travel in. I also added my paletot to my ensemble since it was so chilly outside. The big museum we went to visit as the Smithsonian museum of American History.
My favorite exhibit was the First lady’s gowns. My favorite gown is Mary Todd Lincolns! It is a purple velvet with white silk piping to accent it. It also has it original evening bodice with it still!
There were plenty of accessories to admire as well. Jewelry and shoes seemed to be a theme. I also found a fan that I love!
I saw one of my cousins in the museum as well! She belonged to John Quincy Adams daughter.
After a full day wandering the museum we packed into the car and traveled back to Gettysburg. Next time I go to Washington, DC I want to visit the White House! They have to let me in!
Until next time friends!