By: Vickie Brady, aka the historicfoodie To know what type buttons were used in the 18th century we look at paintings which are often easy to date, what has been discovered in archaeological digs, and what we find in run-away ads or merchant advertisements.  Buttons were made from a variety of materials including various metals,Continue reading 18TH CENTURY BUTTONS©”


By:  Vickie Brady Several people asked to see the dress after Caroline’s splendid introduction for Martin’s presentation at the March DAR meeting so I will oblige.  The original dress was made in Scotland in 1750 and worn for a wedding.  It became a tradition that every bride in that family wore the dress – theContinue reading A RECREATED WEDDING

The 18th Century Short Gown.

By: Victoria Brady, aka thehistoricfoodie I’d like to introduce the 18th century short gown.  Short gowns could be very plain for doing hard work or made of nicer fabric and even trimmed with ruffles or ruching for wear in any, other than very dressy/formal, occasions. Judging from the mentions found in early writings they seem toContinue reading “The 18th Century Short Gown.”

Southeastern Primitive Rendezvous, 2022

We enjoyed this event immensely. The first three days were hot and humid, but the third night rain moved in and it was much cooler the remainder of the time we were there. We met people who share our interests, spoke with visitors on public days, and look forward to participating again. We ate quiteContinue reading “Southeastern Primitive Rendezvous, 2022”

Presentation for Montevallo University’s Upward Bound Students.

I was given two hours to present an overall view of 18th century life for these students. It was incredibly difficult to condense everything into this two-hour time slot, but that’s about as long as the students were able to concentrate anyway. I discussed historic foods and cooking techniques, herbal medicine, gardening, common wild plantContinue reading “Presentation for Montevallo University’s Upward Bound Students.”

Independence Day Program 2022

Martin and I set up displays and shared information with the public at the Prattaugan Museum on July 4, 2022. To say it was hot is an understatement. We enjoyed visiting with friends from DAR and SAR and somehow agreed to volunteer at the museum before the day was out. We closed out the dayContinue reading “Independence Day Program 2022”