Downton Abbey

Steppingstone museum hosts 'Downton Abbey'-style garden party fundraiser for textile collection

Steppingstone museum hosts 'Downton Abbey'-style garden party fundraiser for textile collection

Abby Harting laid three pieces of period clothing on a table, all women’s bodices — the first dated to the 1870s to the 1880s, the second from the 1890s and the third from the early 20th century.

The third item bore the label of a local seamstress, L.W. Holloway. Lillie Holloway lived and started her practice in Havre de Grace, according to Harting, the curator for the Steppingstone Farm Museum.

“People always like to see what's been made in their area,” Harting said. “The local history can be very interesting in that way.”

Harting pointed out aspects of the silk garment, such as the lace, that indicate Holloway’s skill.

“She's very aware of what's going on...

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