“Tea & Mystery in Winchester, Virginia” 2014

I had a fantastic weekend…here’s a bonus post!

Friday, August 1 and Saturday, August 2, were the dates of “Tea & Mystery in Winchester, Virginia.”  Hosted by The McGuire Home Civil War Living History Group, this event delighted guests with a full tea menu, a historical mystery play, and open-forum for Civil War related questions.  The event was in Southern California so guests did not have to purchase airline tickets to get to Virginia.  (Here’s more info about Living History, The McGuire Family, or Up-Coming Events, if you’d like it…)

Displays of historical reproduction items contributed to the unique “tea room” setting.  Each display represented a story of the McGuire Family or an account of War in Winchester.

Each table was named after a specific house or location in Winchester.  Guests learned about the location and the people associated with it during the introduction to the mystery play.

I’m sharing some photos and photo journaling here to show the event.  (If you want to see the photos in a larger format, click on one and it should link into a gallery for easy viewing).  The article concludes after the pictures, so scroll down.

Mystery Play: the entertainment was produced with the goal of helping guests understand the hardship and uncertainty of living in war-time Winchester.  The actual plot of the play was completely fictional, but real places, characters, and accounts were featured.  When writing the play, the author tried to produce something that would entertain the audience, introduce them to a little history, and hopefully, inspire them to learn more.

I had a wonderful time planning this event and I think it was quite successful.  I loved the guests’ enthusiasm and how they kept telling us “this is what makes history come alive.”

Proceeds from this event will be used to travel to Civil War re-enactments and produce more educational resources.  A large portion will be donated to Civil War Trust to help preserve General Lee’s Headquarters at Gettysburg and Port Republic Battlefield in the Shenandoah Valley.

If you attended this event, thanks so much for joining us!  I’d appreciate it if you leave a comment and we’ll hope to see you again soon – maybe at an upcoming event

Your Historian,

Miss Sarah

P.S. See you on Friday for Part 2 of Demystifying WWI…  Here’s Part 1, if you missed it.

About Sarah Kay Bierle

I’m Sarah Kay Bierle, historian, living history enthusiast, and historical fiction writer. When sharing history, I try to keep the facts interesting and understandable. History is about real people, real actions, real effects and it should inspire us today.
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