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When Kitty Rogers, the young and beautiful daughter of Henry and Cremora Rogers, who built Hearthstone, was married on September 4, 1889, the wedding was the social event of the season. It was described in the Appleton Crescent as “the most brilliant of any wedding that has occurred in this city for years.” Articles detailed the church, the music, the fashions, the service, the wedding breakfast, the decorations, the reception, even the wedding gifts. Over five hundred invitations were extended for the service alone. Now, you’re invited too.
Join us as we recreate Kitty’s reception at Hearthstone, where “the rooms never looked so lovely as on this occasion. The decorations were mostly of smilax and roses, the chandeliers and mantels being entwined with green and the fireplaces glowing with delicate roses and more brilliant flowers.”
The exhibit will also feature Hearthstone’s collection of Victorian wedding dresses and groom’s wedding suits, which are very rare, as well as special events where we will offer a champagne toast to the bride and groom.
The exhibit opens August 15, 2019 and runs through September 29, 2019. “You’re Invited: The 130th Anniversary of Kitty’s Wedding” is included on all regular daytime tours of Hearthstone.