Ladies, welcome to our October Tea Party, held today in the The General Phillip Schuyler House, set in the breathtaking Saratoga National Historical Park in upstate New York. I do hope you ladies did not have difficulty traversing the countryside to get here. If your gallant consorts assisted you by carriage, please let them know they may join the other gentlemen in the Dining room where they are sipping on punch.
But come sit by the fire here and warm your toes. We have both tea and coffee—the patriotic drink, of course—and an abundance of fresh biscuits and desserts provided by our lovely hosts.
Please let your eyes take in the exquisite English creamware, so popular in both England and America during the late 1700's.
This beautiful country estate of General Schuyler is actually the rebuilt home, following the savage burning of the original by British General John Burgoyne in October of 1777. General Schuyler loved his country refuge so much that he immediately began rebuilding. The home was restored in just 29 days in November of 1777. He managed to salvage much of the original glass, hinges, nails, and locks from the burned wreckage.
Although General Schuyler had a mansion in Albany, his spirits were refreshed by this home in the lovely countryside, situated to the west of the capital city.
"My hobby horse has long been a country life; I dismounted once with reluctance, and now saddle him again...and hope to canter him on to the end of the journey of life." General Phillip Schuyler, November 1777
(Thanks to Christine Valosin, Curator at Saratoga National Historical Park, for the photos)
Saratoga Letters by Elaine Marie Cooper
"Requilted with Love" by Carrie Fancett Pagels in The Blue Ribbon Brides Collection (Barbour Publishing)
Michigan State Fair, 1889
Mistaken identity leads Grant Bentley to help Sarah Richmond with her quilt display at the state fair. But when he learns she has lost two fiancés to accidents, can he dare tell her of his real job as a balloonist or will the revelation of danger cause her to flee from their developing romance?
Carrie's Maggie award finalist in Romance Novellas, "The Substitute Bride," is part of the O' Christmas Town collection (Forget Me Not Romances). Available in ebook only from Amazon.
Bio – Carrie Fancett Pagels, Ph.D. Carrie Fancett Pagels is a multi-published award-winning author of Christian historical romance. Twenty-five years as a psychologist didn't "cure" her overactive imagination! She resides with her family in the Historic Triangle of Virginia, which is perfect for her love of history. Carrie loves to read, bake, bead, and travel – but not all at the same time!
Gina Welborn also has a novella in The Blue Ribbon Brides collection, entitled "Altered Hearts."
Turner County Fair, South Dakota, 1908
Reba Diehl dreams of opening her own tailor and millinery shop in the city, and winning at the county fair encourages her to take the leap. She thinks she can leave behind farm life ant the farmer, who'd always thought they'd marry. But has she underestimated Levi Webber -- and her own heart?
Bio: Gina Gina Marie Welborn worked for a news radio station until she fell in love with writing romances. She's the author of ten inspirational romances, including “All’s Fair” in ECPA-bestselling Lassoed by Marriage Romance Collection. She serves on the ACFW Foundation Board by helping raise funds for scholarships. A lifetime member of the National Corvette Museum, she helped form the Southwest Oklahoma Corvette Club. Gina lives with her pastor husband, three of their five children, several rabbits and guinea pigs, and a dog that doesn't realize rabbits and pigs are edible.
Facebook Party: Be sure to go by the Colonial Quills New Release Facebook Party Friday October 28th from 6-8 Eastern Time for more fun and giveaways (click here to attend.)