|Historic Glen Derwent, off Hamilton Rd at New Norfolk.|
Hidden behind hawthorn hedges and set in five hectares of park-like pasture and gardens bordered by Hamilton Rd and the River Derwent, the heritage-listed house will have its birthday celebrated in style. The oldest buildings on the property were built by Norfolk Island evacuees James and Elizabeth Bartlett as early as 1808, with the main house believed to have been completed around 1818.
|Glen Derwent and its outbuildings in the early 20th century.|
"We have been researching period treats and will be serving Banbury cakes, Shrewsbury biscuits, Queen cakes, scones, soups and other mouthwatering items for your delectation. Experience some good old-fashioned hospitality!" Mrs Virtue said.
|The house pictured around 1880.|
"We find that when people dress up in any kind of costume they release some of their inhibitions, that conversations can be easier, and that friendships develop. However, it is entirely optional,” she said.
The event will feature music by Tasmanian composers Henry Mundy and Alexander Laing. Laing is of particular interest as he lived in New Norfolk and composed many of his original tunes here, including one dedicated to the lady of Glen Derwent, titled Mrs William Downie's Hornpipe.
Activities on the day will include:
- Tours of the historic property.
- Croquet (both competitive games and "come and try" sessions) on the croquet lawn.
- Learning and playing games of skittles, quoits, boules and the Game of Graces.
- Maypole dancing, lead by Fiddle and Squeeze.
- Photo opportunities with a horse and cart.
- Live period music by Van Diemen's Angels.
- An easy Regency social dance.
- Regency dance workshop with John and Aywlen Gardiner-Garden of the Earthly Delights Historic Dance Academy.
- Indoor games.
- Promenading the grounds of the historic property.
- Regency period sweet and savoury food and hot and cold drinks all day.
Information is also available at folktas.org/regency.