I simply love Jane Austen! Her books are like a stroll through Dogwoods in bloom; white petals falling at your bare feet on green grass. Ok, I cannot write like her, but I can read all her wonderful words. I love that I have to keep a dictionary close by to look up words that are long out of use and all but forgotten… like constitution, meaning ” the physical makeup of the individual especially with respect to the health, strength, and appearance of the body”
“I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! — When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.”
― Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
In case you are unaware of Jane Austen, she was an English novelist of nine enchanting novels and a few plays and poems. Her writing takes you back to a time when intellect was more adorning than make-up; where men were men and women were witty and coy. She is so loved that there are Jane Austen festivals worldwide. Of course, Louisville, Kentucky has one of their own.
The Jane Austen Festival will be held July 18-20th at the historical Locust Grove. Locust Grove is the location of the original 694 acre farm owned by William and Lucy Clark Croghan in 1790. Lucy Clark Croghan was the sister of George Rogers Clark and her husband his surveying partner. George Rogers Clark was the founder of Louisville and Revolutionary War hero. George Rogers Clark spent the last nine years of his life at Locust Grove, from 1809 until his death in 1818. Locust Grove was visited by three presidents: Monroe, Jackson and Taylor. As well, it was a place of rest for the Lewis and Clark expedition.
As if the location is not enough to entreat you, every one dresses up in clothing of Georgian Society aka Regency Period: Gowns, Promenade Dresses, Smocks, Aprons, Chemisettes, Riding Habits, Cloaks, Capes, Pelisses, Spencers, etc. So, lovely and feminine with the lightness of faeries.
If you would like more information about the Jane Austen Festival, you can find them on Facebook.