Entertainment in Victorian Times - Wilson Castle Vermont

Entertainment in Victorian Times – Wilson Castle

Entertainment in Victorian times isn’t anything like entertainment today.  When I relax at home, I play video games on my computer, watch television or DVDs or read a book (generally on my iPhone).  Even the kids generally entertain themselves with technology at their ages (16 & 21). I recently visited the Wilson Castle in Proctor, Vermont and got a chance to learn a bit more about entertainment in Victorian Times.

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Entertainment in Victorian Times - Wilson Castle

Entertainment in Victorian Times – Wilson Castle

How you entertained yourself depended on your social class.  The lower classes spent long hours working and taking care of their families and there was little time for entertainment at the end of the day. Someone who was more well off, like those that lived in Wilson Castle, would not have worked or if they did would have worked far less hours than someone who farmed or had a factory job. They would have also had servants to take care of the housework, cooking, children and grounds maintenance.

Entertainment in Victorian Times - Wilson Castle Vermont

If you chose to go out for the evening, you may have gone to a party or to the theater. The Wilson Castle has a gorgeous Grand Reception Hall where they would have entertained guests. The leaded glass window depicts armour  and the room is complete with an Italian Fireplace. Men may have belonged to sporting clubs and women may have joined sewing circles. Entertainment in Victorian times at home would have most definitely included reading and a number of what we consider classics today were written in that time period. Emily Dickinson is one of my favorites from that time period.

Entertainment in Victorian Times - Wilson Castle Vermont

The children definitely wouldn’t have come along when the adults went out and would have stayed at home with a nanny instead. Entertainment was clearly defined by gender at that point in our history. Girls would have played with china dolls, tea sets and rocking horses.  Little boys would have played with trains, toy soldiers and marbles.  I saw no evidence of toys that would have been played with by boys at Wilson Castle so I am assuming that during the time period, the children were little girls.

Entertainment in Victorian Times - Wilson Castle

 

For a look at the rest of Wilson Castle, please visit Confessions of an Overworked Mom. For a look at fashions and the Wilson Castle, please visit The Socialite’s Closet.

Open Daily – Including Sundays

9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Late May through October

www.wilsoncastle.com

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12 thoughts on “Entertainment in Victorian Times – Wilson Castle

  1. I love visiting old homes and especially those with such interesting histories. I’m bookmarking Wilson Castle to check out more pictures. Thanks for the article!

  2. I love Victorian designs and clothes. I would do just fine in that era. I grew up in Amish country and sometimes miss that simple way of life. It’s awesome to look back at how we progressed and lived.

  3. Awe yes, simpler times indeed! It’s fascinating how different and yet how similar our lives are when compared to those from those who came before us. The Victorian era is particularly interesting and appealing to me.

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