I heard great compliments on all the activities in and around Jefferson this weekend. Two of my ladies dressed in period costume and attended the Southern Heritage Grand Ball where they were taught the dances of the Civil War era, admired the other dresses and attire, and generally enjoyed their evening. One couple saw the parody of the Diamond Bessie Murder Trial staged at the converted “Old Jewish Synagogue.” They told me that family acquaintance, Bill Cornelius, had been playing the prosecuting attorney for 57 years! Holey Moley! Although I saw very little of John in Margaret’s Room, his film crew from the Travel Channel was everywhere the re-enactors were all day, every day. The weather was sunny and warm and we all marveled at how the re-enactors fared in their woolen uniforms, on horseback, shooting muskets and cannon. One of my guests is a Civil War buff and was interested in the war experiences of my great-grandpa, Rudolph Ballauf. After showing off old Confederate money, uniform bars and buttons, service medals, and reunion ribbons, I recalled a stash of items from the Wise family and shared a box of musket accessories with him. He was enchanted to find all the implements for measuring and making and loading rifle balls, and was able to tell me that one item was used for cleaning the rifle barrel. The gun from the stash is long gone and I cannot remember ever having seen it, but I think my guest was happy to have communed with my ancestors for a moment or two.
And although we talked about the homes tour very little at all, I’m assured that all of my guests had a wonderful weekend in Jefferson. They enjoyed visiting with each other over breakfast and exclaimed over the Eggs Alfredo whipped up for Mother’s Day, and yes, there were two sets of Mother/Daughters in the house.