No outfit is complete without a Lackawanna Coal Mine pen. This was a giftshop find from the Coal Mine tour in Scranton. You can ride this yellow mine car 1/4 mile underground to a real anthracite rock tunnel. The hour long guided tour describes working conditions, ventilation complexities and the history of the demand for coal. More information on their website.
Although I didn't find this canteen style purse in a museum gift shop, local sites ought to be stocking them! I've worn it casually to the Motorcyclepedia Museum (left image) and more formally to a County Historians' conference in Albany (right image). They are available in may stores this season, mine was purchased at Nordstrom. This item never fails to get a compliment from fashionistas to military historians alike. Make a reenactor jealous by adding this to your wardrobe while they're still so easy (and inexpensive) to find in stores.
Washington's HQ in Newburgh hosts an annual "Kites Over the Hudson" event that regularly draws 200 families to the site for outdoor games and tours of the historic house. In conjunction with two other popular annual events, the Hudson Valley Ramble and Newburgh Open Studios tour, downtown Newburgh was buzzing with activity. Our picnic on the lawn with a basket from the John Singer Sargent collection at the MET museum store was the perfect repose between activities.
The only tea plantation in the United States is the Charleston Tea Plantation located on Wadmalaw Island, a few miles south of the city of Charleston, S.C. The site has been owned by a variety of tea producers over it's 200+ year history but is now operated by the Bigelow Company. Since 1987, this "American Classic Tea" brand has been served at the White House.
Don't miss the "First Flush Festival" held every May. Throughout the year, the site hosts tours, tastings and offers nine flavors of tea (leaves or bottled as iced tea) in their gift shop.
Bracelet from the New Bedford Whaling Museum gift shop. A birthday gift from my husband and one of my most versatile pieces of jewelry. If we can't adorn ourselves with scrimshaw, we have to make due with this.
On December 5th 1933, the 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, repealing the 18th Amendment and bringing an end to the era of national prohibition of alcohol in America. Around the corner from the North Plank Road Tavern (scene of so many prohibition parties like this one) the Newburgh Vintage Emporium sells furs, pearls and hats to look your best for the occasion.