Holiday table settings and dining in the Victorian Era

This event is set for Dec. 12 at the Grundy Library

Source: The Grundy Museum

The staff of the Margaret R. Grundy Memorial Museum invites the public to an evening of festive table settings and lavish dining customs from the Victorian Era with a holiday flair on Thursday, Dec. 12 at 6 p.m., at the Grundy Library, 680 Radcliffe St., Bristol.

See collections from the Grundy Museum on display and hear a presentation given by museum curator Geoffrey Webster. Guests will enjoy a selection of Victorian-style refreshments and learn just what all those forks are for.

The Grundy Museum, at 610 Radcliffe St., was once the home of Sen. Joseph R. Grundy and his sister, Margaret R. Grundy. When the Grundy family purchased this home in 1884, they set about turning the existing structure into a fashionable, modern house. The home underwent a yearlong remodel and became a Queen Anne-style home that combined modern conveniences and technological innovations of the day with a nostalgic styling that recalled an earlier, less industrial time.

Over the past year, there have been interior refurbishments at the museum. The dining room has undergone extensive restoration, including all woodwork and furniture due to sun damage, wall colors, installation of a custom-designed rug made by the Langhorne Carpet Company, and Grundy family collections that have not been on exhibit in years.

The Grundy Museum is closed from Dec. 2-April 30 for restorations. The museum will reopen for drop-in tours on Friday, May 1. Group tours following restorations can be scheduled by calling 215-788-9432.

Register for this free event at or by calling the library at 215-788-7891. Seating is limited and registration is required.