Between OkCupid and singles night at the bar, we may think we have the corner market on love connections in the 21st century; but be not fooled; Victorians in the 1800s had their ways. The flick of a fan could indicate whether a lover was supposed to follow or flee, and calling cards did double duty as both contact information and indicating interest level. Even sketches, letters, and locks of hair joined the fray as harbingers of amour and sometimes scandal. Join us for a night that is equal parts love and lust as we cover everything from the 19th century version of speed dating to romantic acts that will make you swoon. Who was the stunning young medium who left a famous explorer embarrassed by his 1850s “sexts”? What is the tragic account of the handsomest man in Laurel Hill? And what other tales of beating hearts lie beneath Laurel Hill? This Valentine’s Day program will answer those questions and more with a scintillating talk around a roasting fire in Laurel Hill’s historic gatehouse followed by a reception with cocktails and sumptuous desserts. Don’t miss the opportunity to try your hand at Victorian flirting tactics and depart into the winter’s night warmed by stories that prove though the body may be gone, a good love story is rarely forgotten. The talk will be presented by ALEXIS JEFFCOAT and the cost is $20/person. Space is limited and this event WILL sell out!! Advanced registration is requested.
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