This year Long Branch Plantation will host a special evening tour for three nights in October. Guests will be taken on a guided tour of the home by candlelight while their tour guide explains how people in the 19th Century understood and experienced death.
Death was something many in the 19th Century had to deal with on a basis we do not quite understand today. The idea of a “good death” and what should be done after death were not entirely the same as they are now.
During the 19th Century superstition was still very prominent in how the living treated the dead, and some of the things that we do today after a loved one has passed away stem from the superstitions our ancestors held.
This event will take place in the circa 1811 plantation house. Guests will be guided through the various rooms of the house while various topics such as superstitions, death rituals, and how people spoke and wrote about death. Real life stories taken from the Long Branch Archives will provide a backdrop for many of the topics that will be discussed.
These special tours will take place on Friday, October 2nd, 23rd, and 30th at 8 p.m.. Space is limited so please telephone to reserve your tickets.
Long Branch Plantation, a Virginia historic site recognized for its stunning views and rich history, is located about 20 minutes from both Middleburg and Winchester, VA.