About Me

I have been a history buff as far back as I can remember. In 2003, the opportunity finally arose to begin reenacting and I have enjoyed the ‘hands-on’ history even more. The eras I have researched and participated in are the American War for Independence (the ‘Revolutionary War’), the War of 1812, the War Between the States (U.S. ‘Civil War’), and World War II.

My online shop, Southern Serendipity, features historical ladies’ accessories. I write a blog on the same topic. I am the admin for an 1860s ladies Facebook group of about 1900 Civil War reenactresses. I also co-admin another website of ‘how-to’ for 1860s ladies, Civil War Dress for Ladies.

I love researching the mid-1800s, and I am a serious collector of mid-Victorian antiques. My collections include clothing, jewelry, books, furniture, and home d├ęcor. These objects are very helpful in my research and recreations of ladies' accessories.

I have contributed a number of articles over the years to history/reenacting publications such as The Citizen’s Companion and The Homefront Herald. I have also lectured for several years at a local university on the clothing and accessories of the 1860s.

My family and I are involved in historical dance as well, and love passing on this old-fashioned past time. Besides teaching English Country Dance classes, we host a formal mid-Victorian annual ball each year.

I hope you enjoy browsing my blog and my shop. Thank you for stopping by!