Tour of the house that compares the customs and social graces of the Loockerman family, who lived in the Hammond-Harwood House in the early 19th century, with those of characters in Jane Austen novels. Please note we will have a book club led by our director the last two months of the year. November 6th the book club will discuss Emma and December 11th the book club will discuss Sense and Sensibility.
Whether it’s tea with gossipy neighbors, an evening of whist, or a morning walk in the garden, Jane Austen’s characters – Elizabeth and Jane, Elinor and Marianne, Darcy, or Edward Ferrars – lived lives similar in many ways to the inhabitants of Hammond-Harwood House. Although separated from England by thousands of miles, many Americans held onto customs and conventions of their Old World roots. How were the Loockerman girls the same as Austen’s young women, and how were they different?