Mumford, N.Y. - The Victorian era (1837 until Queen Victoria's death in 1901) wasn't just bustles and mutton chop sideburns. It was a time of scientific progress, great literary works, a surge of inventions, whopping urban growth and more time for leisure activity.
On Saturday, Aug. 23, Genesee Country Village & Museum will celebrate that time with Victorian Day.
Visitors can enjoy free rides in a Victorian carriage, attend a Victorian fashion show or a Mad Hatter Tea Party on the Village Square or visit "Alice" for a free sample of her 1-2-3-4 cake.
All day croquet matches can be played at the Victorian Pavilion. There will also be a Victorian dancing demonstration, a concert of Victorian music and a handwriting activity. Young "Tom Sawyers" are invited to help whitewash a fence.
The Rochester Steampunk Society will be on hand with early medicinal devices and other Victorian gadgetry.
The museum is open 10am-4pm. General admission is $17.50 adult; $11.50 youths 4-16; $14.50 seniors 62+ and students with ID; free to children three and under.
For further information, visit www.gcv.org or call (585) 538-6822.
GCVM is the largest living history museum in New York State with the largest collection of historic buildings in the Northeast. The museum, with its John L. Wehle Gallery and Genesee Country Nature Center, is open May -Oct., and located in Mumford, N.Y., 20 miles southwest of Rochester and 45 miles east of Buffalo.
Photo: Players engage in a lively game of croquet at Genesee Country Museum. Photo by Kristie Braun.