Scottdale Historical Society takes a trip back in time with third annual Verandah Visits
By Marilyn Forbes
Published: Saturday, July 20, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
With headlines that were filled with news on the suffrage movement and the newly elected President Woodrow Wilson, the year 1913 was much different then today, and the Scottdale Historical Society plans to transport visitors back one century to that era in its upcoming Verandah Visits, which will be held Sunday.
“First off, we are doing this to promote Scottdale and to promote the historic part of the town,” Scottdale Historical Society treasurer Kimberly Fox said of the event, which is now in its third year. “We used to do garden tours, but we wanted to try to do something different that was more sustainable.”
The Verandah Visits will take visitors a step back in time to the days when going house to house, veranda to veranda was the normal practice on a Sunday afternoon.
“This is how people socialized 100 years ago,' Scottdale historical society president Tom Zwierzelewski said. “They would go porch to porch on a Sunday afternoon.”
With the lovely homes that are located in Scottdale, the event also gives people the opportunity to visit homes such as the historic Loucks House and newly remodeled South Broad Street Manor.
“People drive by and admire these homes, and this is their chance to actually walk up and sit on the porches or verandas,” Fox said.
There will be five different locations featured on the tour, and each will have some different representation of life in 1913.
“We are going to have the first crossword people to try that came out in 1913 and the first Cracker Jack toy also came out in 1913,” Fox said. “At the Loucks House, we will also have a display of some of the social issues of that day, and we will be hosting a contest to see if you can guess the most popular baby names from 1913.”
There will also be a quartet who will be featured and will supply period music, as well as one stop that will be highlighting the 50th anniversary of Gettysburg that also took place that year.
The tour will also feature memorabilia and photos from that era. There will also be antiques and gifts for sale at the Loucks site.
The tour is self-paced and self-guided and perfect for all ages.
“Everything was very different back then,” Fox said. “The idea is to bring that time back for people to enjoy.”
Some of the homes' owners will be dressed in period attire, and visitors can feel free to don period wear to add a little extra fun to the event.
“We had a few ladies last year come in hats and gloves,” Zwierzelewski said.
All proceeds from the tour will go to the historical society and its general fund.
“It's a fun way to spend an afternoon,” Zwierzelewski said. “We hope to see people come out and enjoy the day with us.”
The event will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. with the starting point being the Loucks House.
Marilyn Forbes is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.
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