About 30 people took part in the event, enjoying a three-course tea, as site volunteers displayed period wear.
"It was a very fascinating time," said
Among the most recognizable women's fashions of the time was the Empire style dress design. Known as the regency style in
Compared with earlier eras, "it was very risque," said
The thin, sheer dress materials required multiple layers for warmth and body coverage.
Despite the more prominent chest area display, Ms. Monte said, elbows were not to be shown at that time, with gloves frequently worn.
Capturing the feeling of the time is important, said Michelle H. Bunny, a volunteer and self-proclaimed history buff who has hand-sewn four dresses and multiple other outfits, and knitted a pineapple-styled handbag popular at the time. "Very little was convenient at this time period," she said.
Participants noted that the frontier lifestyle in the north country at the time would have led most women to wear more practical homespun linen or wool dresses.
Describing the look as "cute," village resident
"I'm a fashionista, and this is not my idea of fashion," she said.
Men's fashion of the time also was represented: Re-enactor
The uniform coat was so expensive to make,
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