Liberty Hall Historic Site will host a special event, “Suds, Duds & Spuds,” to unveil its new historic laundry room setting on September 1 at 5:30-7:30 p.m. In addition to showcasing the room setting, event-goers will enjoy music by the Leestown Jug Band, featuring John Harrod, and play along with the band using jug band instruments like washboard, bucket bass, and jugs. The Leestown Jug Band will be bringing some jug band instruments with them so the audience can play along. This is a fun opportunity for everyone to come relax on the grounds while enjoying these jug band era tunes and also the first time in decades the laundry room of Liberty Hall will be on public view. A potato chip-and-dip bar will provide the starch needed to iron out any hunger pains. Beer, wine, and soft drinks will also be available for purchase. Admission to the event is free, and guests are encouraged to bring blankets and camp chairs.
Funded in part by an anonymous donor, the laundry room setting will be furnished to illustrate how textiles were laundered in the household of John Brown, one of Kentucky ‘s first U.S. senators. “The laundry will enhance our interpretation of early Kentucky life in several ways,” says LHHS Executive Director Julienne Foster. “In addition to providing a glimpse into the daily lives of the enslaved women who worked here, it will be an interactive space where visitors can experience laundry chores including lifting oak laundry buckets and pressing a garment with a 19th century iron.”
Going forward, the laundry room will become part of the regular guided tour of Liberty Hall. Tours are offered Monday through Saturday at 1:30 pm. and begin at Liberty Hall, 218 Wilkinson St., Frankfort, KY Admission fees are: $6/adult; $3/students (K-12); free/5 and under.
For more information, visit www.libertyhall.org