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June 02, 2016

Go on an old-fashioned picnic at Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion

Who knew the hot dog became popular during the Victorian era?

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Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion will host its annual Old Fashioned Picnic on June 11, 2016. The family-friendly event will transport guest to the Victorian era with games, dress-up and food.

Germantown will host its annual Old-Fashioned Picnic on June 11 at the historic Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion. The outdoor event pulls from the Victorian era, even offering families a chance to dress up in clothing from the time period for a photo op.

The family-friendly event begins at noon and is free to attend, just pay for food and activities tickets, which are $1 each or 12 for $10.

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Activities include croquet, ring toss, a scavenger hunt, face painting, tours of the mansion and a look at Industrial Revolution knickknacks and gadgets. 

While the games are still fun today, they actually date back to the Victorian era. Croquet was introduced to England in 1856 and was a game thought suitable for both men and women of the time.

Look for magic shows by Mt. Airy resident Jay Efran between all the other activities.

As for food, root beer, hot dogs and ice cream sundaes will be available. Again, while these foods remain modern summer staples, they have a history dating back to the 19th century. Both hot dogs and root beer were popularized during the time period.

Old-Fashioned Picnic

Saturday, June 11
Noon to 3 p.m. | Pay-as-you-go
Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion
200 West Tulpehocken St.