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Cherry Hill News Mid-summer 2019

Civil War Encampment at Cherry Hill In conjunction with the Civil War encampment activities on the Cherry Hill Farm grounds on Saturday, May 18 (cosponsored by the Victorian Society at Falls Church and the 28th Massachusetts Voluntary Infantry), the Friends of Cherry Hill opened its doors to a number of Civil War historical exhibits focused on the events and activities that occurred in the Falls Church area. Re-enactors in period clothing added to the ambiance. The Friends also set up a tent for children’s mid-19th century activities to provide visitors with a sense of the type and difficulty of what children at that time had to do to support the family. The activities included butter-making, washing and drying clothes, and writing with a quill pen. The children and their parents were somewhat surprised with the degree of responsibilities children had during that time. The visitors were also encouraged to write letters to current servicemen and women to thank them for their efforts in protecting the country. They were also treated with period flute music played on the Cherry Hill farmhouse porch nearby. As part of the day’s activities, Diane Morse led two bus tours visiting the seven Civil War Trails signs in the City.






Mary Todd Lincoln’s Seamstress’s Perspective on Civil War Events The Victorian Society at Falls Church sponsored an interesting program at Cherry Hill on Saturday, May 4. Several Friends of Cherry Hill attended "Behind the Scenes in the Lincoln White House: Memoirs of an African American Seamstress." The program was a living history presentation by Lillian Garland who portrayed Elizabeth Keckley, a prominent seamstress catering to the wives of the Washington elite during President Lincoln's administration. Mrs. Keckley counted among her clients, First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln. A relationship that grew into a close friendship. Mrs. Garland’s husband, John D. Davis, Jr. also delighted the audience with his interesting re-enactment of Henderson Wilson, a Civil War-era harness maker.

Button, button, whom shall I marry? According to the Encyclopaedia Britannica, Doughboy, the nickname popularly given to United States soldiers during World War I, was first used during the American Civil War when it was applied to the brass buttons on uniforms and thence to infantrymen. Dana Epstein in The Button Book explained that the buttons reminded some people of the dumplings often served to the soldiers. Also from The Button Book: Between 1860 and 1900, young American girls voraciously collected beautiful buttons on long strings. Known as charm or love strings, the goal was to collect 999, after which the string’s owner would see her future husband.

BUSY TIMES AT THE CHERRY HILL BARN On March 30th, the 2019 “barn season” opened with a bang when we hosted approximately 160 visitors! Children (and parents) enjoy trying out late 19th century (1858+) antique farm tools. It's great to know the history of America!

Scenes from the Encampment

Attention, Members & Docents!

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Upcoming Field Trip for Members & Docents to Clara Barton’s Missing Soldiers Office

If so, please consider opting out of receiving a printed copy to help us keep our printing costs to a minimum. If you would like to opt out, please use the membership form on the back page. Fill out your name and address, check the “opt out” line at the bottom and mail to Cherry Hill or email the information to Deane Dierksen at

Friday, September 13, 2019 437 7th St., NW. Washington, D.C. We will meet at Cherry Hill at 10:30 and carpool to the Metro. We will learn about Clara Barton’s amazing attempts to identify Civil War soldiers who did not make it home and her success at reaching families who did not know the fate of their loved ones. Equally interesting is the story about the accidental discovery of her office in the 20th century after it had been hidden for decades. Please call Corey at 703-248-5171 if you are interested in attending.

Early American Slang

Well, well, well … We are excited to share the latest restoration work completed this spring on Cherry Well, well, wellHill’s … well house by the City of Falls Church Public Works Department. The City rebuilt the well house to resemble a style commonly found in the 1860s. A new brick path circling the well now provides easy accessibility for schools and families. We look forward to incorporating the well house into our simple machines tour as well as other programming.

Letters from Falls Church in the 1850s included these expressions. Can you guess their meaning? (Answers at the bottom of the page.)

1. 2. 3. 4.

“stepped off the docket” “is all the go” “no other explosions” “a gathering in the head”

WHEN DID THAT HAPPEN? 1845 - US postage stamps authorized 1850 - The Scarlet Letter was published 1858 - Gold first used for filling cavities 1860 - Croquet introduced to US from England Answers to Early American Slang quiz: 1. Just married 2. Popular or in fashion

3. No other scandals

4. A headache

Upcoming Events at Cherry Hill Farmhouse Email or call 703-248-5171 for more information.

Girl Scout Day – Making Games Saturday, September 2 1 - 3pm reservations. Brownie Scouts will tour the farmhouse, complete a scavenger hunt, and learn a variety of parlor games. Girls will Email for more information. create their own parlor games and invent a sport using Victorian era toys. This program fulfills all badge requirements. POS .0480 R: $10 / NR: $10 Location: Cherry Hill Farmhouse

Home School Program: Life on a 19th Century Farm Wednesday, September 25 10 - 11:30am Children will tour the farmhouse and barn to learn how technology of the day made life easier for the 19th century farmer. Hands-on activities include identifying tools a housewife would have used in her kitchen and those a farmer would have used in his barn. Register youth only - adults are free. Ages 5 & up. 121030-A R: $5 / NR: $5 Location: Cherry Hill Farmhouse

Farm Day Saturday, October 12 10am - 3pm Enjoy a day of old fashioned fun and activities for the whole family, including: horse drawn hayrides, petting farm, pony rides, pumpkin painting, scarecrow making (bring your own long pants and a sleeved shirt), live music, tours of the farmhouse and barn, blacksmith demonstrations, and food. All Ages Free Admission, fee for some activities. Location: Cherry Hill Farmhouse & Park

Halloween Literary Evening Friday, October 25 8pm Join us for an evening of Edgar Allen Poe, known for his tales of mystery and the macabre. Hosted by the Victorian Society at Falls Church, this Program is designed for adults. **Reservations Required** R: $5 / NR: $5 Location: Cherry Hill Farmhouse

Girl Scout Day – Playing the Past Saturday, November 9 1 - 3pm Junior Scouts will learn about a girl’s life in the 1800s as they tour the farmhouse and listen to the oral histories of past occupants. Girls will have the chance to get into character trying on period clothes, writing with quill pens, making butter and playing parlor games. This program fulfills all badge requirements. POS .0481 R: $10 / NR: $10 Location: Cherry Hill Farmhouse & Community Center

A Very Victorian Christmas Saturday, November 30 10am - 2pm Start your Christmas Season off with a visit to Cherry Hill Farmhouse to see how Christmas was celebrated during the Civil War. Costumed re-enactors welcome friends, neighbors, and soldiers who gather for some holiday cheer in the midst of the conflict. Period decorations, music, holiday stories, and children’s activities are all part of the festivities. Free Admission Location: Cherry Hill Farmhouse

Children’s Holiday Shoppe Saturday, December 7 10am - 2pm Location: Cherry Hill Farmhouse This fun annual event is an opportunity for children to purchase inexpensive gifts for their family members with help from volunteers. All gifts are $6 or less and gift wrapped for free. Hosted by the Friends of Cherry Hill Foundation.

Holiday Tea Saturday, December 14 2-4pm 131501-A R: $33 / NR: $33 Sunday, December 15 2-4pm 131501-B R: $33 / NR: $33 Enjoy a special holiday tea and talk at the historic farmhouse. The house will be decorated in mid-19th century period décor and will include a tree. The talk will be presented by the 1858 mistress of Cherry Hill. As always, the tea consists of tea sandwiches, assorted sweets, warm scones and a bottomless cup of tea. Hosted by the Friends of Cherry Hill Foundation. Please direct questions to cjannicelli@; enroll through the Parks and Recreation Department. All Ages **Reservations Required** Location: Cherry Hill Farmhouse

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