Historic Hygiene: Series Intro Post

When giving tours to school children, without a doubt someone will find the chamber pot hidden in its cubby upstairs. Children giggle and parents smirk at the mention of our unmentionables. That often results in long discussions about historic hygiene. In fact, when talking to friends or guests, our director Sammy Kay Smith is often…

A Step-By-Step Guide to Victorian Mourning

**Disclaimer: Spring Hill is not making fun of or light of death. However, because we are exploring Mourning habits, we thought we’d share this fun, silly, and education guide. We promise, mourning the Victorian way isn’t as difficult as it seems. Just follow our steps below! 1. Someone dies (we suggest waiting and not taking…

(Queen) Victoria Mourning

After the death of her husband, Prince Albert, Queen Victoria of England plunged into mourning. A political match had turned into a beautiful, 21 year marriage, with the two clearly in love with one another. Victoria mourned deeply, wearing black for the rest of her life, including to some of her own children’s weddings. She…