Here, in Mid Missouri, it was a beautiful day for a festival. A festival at a Victorian mansion!!! For a Victorian wanna be, like myself, going to Victorian mansions/museums make me very happy! So, here we go, off to Independence, Missouri!
Here it is! Is it gorgeous or what?! It has 31 rooms! Following Mr. Vailes's death in 1894, the home was used as a women's college, an inn, a private asylum and sanitarium, a mineral water company and a nursing home. It is now beautifully restored and decorated with antique furnishings of the period.
Here I am, the Victorian Wanna Be, wishing this was my house!
This is the south side of the mansion.
There were many booths here to look at. Mostly hand crafted items but there were some flea market and antique booths as well. I didn't want to buy any of the stuff outside, I wanted to buy the stuff inside! But of course, it wasn't for sale! Shucks!
I had to bribe my daughter with an end of the day trip to the shopping mall to get her to come along with me! So luckily she went for it. And here she is, trying to act like she is having a good time.
This booth had a lot of glassware, some pieces older then others. Below is some Fenton glass. I thought it looked pretty with the mansion as the background.
Up for sale were these pedestal cake plates that these sisters created by attaching candlesticks to plates.
I thought they were cute.
And this beautiful fountain. Underneath the bottom bowl sits two crane type birds that aren't very clear in the photo but are pretty.
Below is the north side entrance to the mansion. It takes you in by the kitchen and dining room. The upstairs is where they have their gift shop. With no antiques! Shuck again!
Old Glory blowing in the breeze.
By the time we got to this side of the mansion we were hungry. They didn't have too many choices. This turkey and cheese croissant with fruit was my pick while my daughter picked the other choice...hotdog and chips! But! We knew what was coming after lunch! Dessert! Strawberry desserts!!
Here is the dessert stand, they had lots of choices. Lydia got shortcake with ice cream and strawberries and I just got a bowl of ice cream with strawberries.
But this is really what I wanted! This whole huge bowl of sweetened fresh strawberries!! Yum! Yum!
After eating our wonderful dessert it was time to head back to the front of the house for a tour. I have toured this mansion two other times, both at Christmas time, so was excited to see it at a different time of year this time.
I liked all the patriotic decorations. I imagine they were put up for Memorial Day and will stay up through Independence Day. The flowers in this urn add such a nice colorful touch to this bed.
And now the front entrance...the red is so welcoming, isn't it? Are you ready to go inside?!
Well my friends, you'll have to come back next time for that! Aren't I nice? So I'll see you then! Have a great week!