Step back in time for tea and tour at Titusville’s Pritchard House
During teas at Titusville’s Pritchard House, guests are served by docents wearing period costumes.
SENIOR LIFE Dan Reigada
During Women’s History Month, which is March, Titusville’s historic Pritchard House will be celebrating in classic elegance, and the community is invited.
Two teas are on the agenda. A “Best Friend Tea,” will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 3. It is in conjunction with a month-long Women’s Vintage Clothing Exhibit.
Tasty treats prepared by Chef Jolene will be served by docents wearing period consumes. Guests are encouraged but not required to wear vintage-style hats.
Following the tea, guests will take a guided tour of the clothing exhibit. The $25 fee includes the tea and tour.
A St. Patrick’s Day Tea will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, March 17. Guests are invited to celebrate by wearing something green.
In addition to Irish breakfast tea, scones, savories and sweets are on the menu.
The cost is $25 and seating is limited.
For information or to register for the tea and tours, call 321-607-0203 or send emails to email@example.com
Anyone wishing to tour the clothing exhibit can do so by appointment. The cost is $15 per person.
“Displayed in every room, our collection includes antique gowns, hats and accessories from the late 1800s through the 1950s,” said Roz Foster, the president of the North Brevard Heritage Foundation.
Foster spoke of the importance mourning clothing played in a woman’s wardrobe.
“We have mourning dresses and accessories, as well as jewelry made from human hair,” she said. “Traditional mourning periods and social practices will be explained.”
Other subjects include interesting facts about tailoring methods of the time, which involved beautiful trims, buttons and intricate fabrics.
Guests also might learn some surprising facts about the underwear of days gone by.
Many varieties of hats, shoes, purses and hairstyles will be on exhibition.
Another exhibit will feature children’s clothing.
“I think visitors will be amazed by the variety of items in our collections and the information provided by docents,” Foster said.
Built in Queen Anne style architecture in 1891, the Pritchard House is the former home of Capt. James Pritchard and his family. It is at 424 S. Washington Ave. in historic, downtown Titusville. For information, go to nbbd.com/npr/preservation/.