ROXBURY, NJ – Visitors to Drakesville Historic Park in Roxbury can now get a glimpse of the quaint and simple bedroom of a typical teen during the late 1800s.
The “Victorian Girl’s Bedroom,” a new exhibit by the Roxbury Historic Trust, is inside the Theodore and Emma King Home, a house in Ledgewood that dates to 1883.
“Step inside this walk-through exhibit and experience the everyday life of a young girl living in the 1890's,” said the Trust in describing the bedroom.
The room was used by Emma Louise King in the late 1800s. Her father, Theodore King, “was a prosperous businessman and prominent citizen of Ledgewood,” according to the Trust. It noted that Emma Louise continued to live in the house until she died in 1975.
“She is fondly remembered by older community residents as a generous individual, who often donated to community projects,” the Trust said.
The curator for the Victorian Girl’s Bedroom exhibit is local historian Brian Morell. The authentic Victorian furnishings and toys on display in the bedroom include many from Morrell’s private collection.
“The Victorian age in Ledgewood was a time of growth and increasing prosperity that is both seen in the 1883 King home and next door at the King General Store, which dates to 1826,” said the Trust.
The next Open House for the entire Drakesville Historic complex is July 14 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
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