Visitors to Edge Hill take step back in time

by Kim Robins - Posted on Oct 09, 2013 - 01:39 PM

Photo: Early 19th century shopkeeper John Field, portrayed by Bill Weaver, was one of several re-enactors who greeted visitors and shared their stories during the Gloucester Woman’s Club’s 100th anniversary celebration at Edge Hill House on Saturday. Photo by Kim Robins

Early 19th century shopkeeper John Field, portrayed by Bill Weaver, was one of several re-enactors who greeted visitors and shared their stories during the Gloucester Woman’s Club’s 100th anniversary celebration at Edge Hill House on Saturday. Photo by Kim Robins

It was a step back in time Saturday as members of the Gloucester Woman’s Club and their volunteers brought the history of Edge Hill House to life.

As part of the its 100th anniversary celebration, the club opened the doors of its circa 1750 headquarters to visitors and greeted them with costumed re-enactors portraying club founders and those who occupied the building prior to the club’s ownership.

On the lawn of the landmark building at the corner of Main Street and Route 14, a costumed young lady handled her pony on a lead while another demonstrated colonial era games. A harness maker toiled in the shade and a caner worked near the building’s entrance.

Inside, visitors found a jovial storekeeper, a dressmaker, and a planter along with four founding members of the club and other costumed hosts and hostesses, most with a story to tell.

"It was more than they expected," said club president Madelyn Weaver of the over 75 guests who showed up for the open house. "I was really pleased. They asked plenty of questions, and some seemed like they didn’t want to leave."

"Everybody who came learned something," Weaver said, even the club members themselves. "It really drew our club together. It just really worked out well."