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Tavern Talks: Creating the perfect (Colonial) selfie

08/10/2016 09:41AM ● By J. Chambless

On Sept. 15 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Chadds Ford Historical Society’s Barns-Brinton House tavern, visitors can learn about the various ways 18th-century men and women took “selfies” and what they did to make themselves look their best when Photoshop wasn’t an option.

Activities for the evening include posing for your own portrait “selfie,” testing out 18th-century makeup (for women and men), crafting your own silhouette, watching a Colonial portrait artist at work, experiencing some beauty remedies from the period, trying your hand at interactive games and more. Chaddsford Winery will also provide free samples of their seasonal wines. By the end of the night, you will learn why being fashionable during that time could also be deadly.

Tavern Talks, for adults 21 and older, focus on unexplored aspects of early American history and culture. Guests will experience history with hands-on activities, food and drink tastings, demonstrations and more. Tavern Talks take place at the Chadds Ford Historical Society’s Barns Brinton House, an historic 1714 tavern, located next to the Chaddsford Winery at 630 Baltimore Pike. Admission is $15 for non-members and $10 for members. Tickets must be purchased in advance over the phone, in person or online. All attendees must be 21 and older.

The other 2016 Tavern Talks include:

Oct. 13 -- Very Superstitious: Fears, False Notions and Fables

Nov. 10 – All Things Apple!

For more information or tickets, call 610-388-7376, email or visit

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