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Upstairs, Downstairs and Outside at Pemberton” will celebrate the official opening and viewing of the upstairs parlor bed chamber.

The chamber has a ceiling attached building bed tester from which the bed curtains are hung surrounding a low post bed. This very unique feature is only one of three existing examples of such a built-in cornice tester frame at its original site in the United States. One other example is installed in the Baltimore Museum of Art as part of their period rooms and was removed from an early house along the Nanticoke River. Another existing example was removed from a now destroyed house on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. The frames are all unique to the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay. There is evidence that four of these unique ceiling attached frames were originally present in Pemberton Hall’s bed chambers.

The chamber is interpreted as being occupied in 1786 by Henry and Thomas, the grandsons of Isaac Handy, as Henry is packing his cases to return to Eden Academy for his formal education. Eden Academy was a boarding school located several miles downriver from Pemberton Hall along the upper reaches of Wicomico Creek.

Outside the bed chamber in the passage way, a sleeping mat, a wooden box and other items are reminders that each generation of owners of Pemberton Hall were slave holders to the cheap oakley sunglasses end of the Civil War. These items could have been used by a companion and servant of young Henry and Thomas. The passage way also has a new exhibit of artifacts found at Pemberton and Harrington which shows the influence of world trade in Somerset County in the 18th Century.

Short tours, colonial food and music will be available downstairs. Outside tours of the milk house and the kitchen garden will take place with demonstrations using the well and playing colonial games. This is a great opportunity for a fun filled afternoon for the whole family to learn about and experience the 18th Century at Pemberton Historical Park.

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