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Our Living Legacies: Postcards, Pots & Pests of the Past

Washington Heritage Museums presents “Our Living Legacies: Postcards, Pots & Pests of the Past” at three of their historic properties from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Sept.  12 and 13, and from 12 – 4 p.m. on Sunday, 14.  Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children.
Postcards
Mary Washington House, 1200 Charles St.
Handwritten correspondence may soon be a thing of the past, but letters, notes, and signatures were the hallmark of a person’s education and refinement. These preserved letters and postcards link us to the past as they document events and changes over time.

Observe how Mary Washington House has changed over time, and share the experiences of those who have visited before you. Join us for an exhibit of postcards and letter writing, then tour the garden.
Pots
Rising Sun Tavern, 1304 Caroline St.
George Washington’s youngest brother Charles built this landmark in 1760 as his private residence. The building became a tavern in 1792. Today, “tavern wenches” and male “indentured servants” tell of a typical stay for upper, middling and lower classes at a Colonial tavern.

Regardless of region, the colonists had one thing in common: their meals were cooked in cast iron pots. Come see our display of 18th century pots, sample foods cooked in them using period recipes and learn more about cast iron pot care.
Pests
Hugh Mercer Apothecary, 1020 Caroline St.
Eighteenth century medical treatment was not for the squeamish. Ingredients of the remedies might include such unpleasant creatures as blister beetles, maggots, millipedes, earthworms, toads and leeches. See the preparation and use of these creepy-crawly remedies as you tour the apothecary to learn of Dr. Mercer’s treatments for ills and injuries.  The shop’s Physick Garden includes examples of the more attractive and unobjectionable medical herbs and flowers.
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