When the Historical Society of Carroll County holds its open house on March 10, from 2-5 p.m. HSCC’s three historical houses — the 1807 Shellman House, the 1800 Kimmey House and the 1820 Cockey’s — one exhibit visitors will likely want to check out is an 1820s-era dress that will be on display in Cockey’s that was donated by Helen Totura and one of her relatives.
It originated with Mary Hare, who was born 1809.
HSCC volunteer Mary “Mimi” Ashcraft said the dress would have been worn almost 200 years ago as a wedding dress. Then, after the wedding, it would have been worn as a woman’s “best dress.”
“Mary Hare married Jacob Hoffacker in the 1820s and this was her wedding dress — long before the tradition of having white wedding dresses,” Ashcraft said.
According to Ashcraft, Dr. Karin Bohleke, head of Shippensburg University’s Fashion Archive and Museum, was a great help.
The Fish Fry benefits the Father Steffner Scholarship Fund.
“Father Gerard Steffner is our oldest serving priest at St. John,” Richardson said. “The Knights of Columbus established this fund in his honor, years ago. It helps anyone who wants to send their son [or] daughter to St. John School, but needs some tuition assistance.”
Richardson spoke of the popular fish fry, noting that they serve over 500 meals in three hours.
“People come as far as Glen Burnie, Hagerstown, Glen Rock and Virgina for our fish frys,” she said.
The meal costs $10 and is dine in or carry out. It includes your choice of fish (fried or baked) plus shrimp, veggie lasagna, a roll with butter and a drink, plus two side dishes. The sides include stewed tomatoes, potatoes, green beans, corn pudding, and Cole slaw.
Come out to enjoy a meal, friends and fellowship, and a deejay with dancing. All proceeds support the Fr. Steffner Scholarship Fund. The Knights of Columbus established the fund years ago to honor priest, Father Stefffner. The scholarship helps anyone who wants to send their son or daughter to St. John School, but needs some tuition assistance.
Tickets cost $48 per person and the menu includes raw and fried oysters, pit beef, pit ham and turkey, fried chicken, Maryland Crab soup, salads, veggies, beer, wine, soda and more.
For tickets for more information, call Chris at 410-365-7990. For information on the scholarship contact Mike Johnson at 443-974-8481.