Monday, December 5, 2011

Victorian Christmas at the Banning House

Clipped Hedges in the garden at the Banning House

This weekend, I was able to pay a visit to the Banning Museum in Wilmington, near the Port of Los Angeles. The museum was throwing a "Victorian Christmas" event, with a horse-drawn trolley, period dancing, hot cider and snacks, and general holiday cheer.

Phineas Banning was a 19th-century Los Angeles businessman, specifically involved in transportation, freighting, and the stage coach industry. His drive to establish a world-class port in Los Angeles was instrumental in laying the groundwork from which the city would grow into a major center of global commerce.

Victorian dancing, featuring the Yesteryears Dancers

The Banning House is now a museum, showcasing California Victorian style and culture. It's an interesting place to visit. And the hot cider was a nice touch. ;-)

Here are a few more images from the Banning Museum.

View of the Banning House from the northeast, overlooking the sunken patio

Detail from the wrought-iron fence, a cluster on corn ears

Carriages on display within the barn

And here are a couple vids:


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