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Victorian Tea At Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Features Author Carol Wallace

Carol Wallace
Carol Wallace Photo Credit: Jim Anness

NORWALK, Conn. – The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum will host its annual Victorian Tea on Nov. 9, at 2 p.m., with a special presentation by author Carol Wallace.

The event, chaired by museum Trustee Marianne Howatson, will feature Wallace, co-author of the highly acclaimed book “To Marry an English Lord,” and inspiration for the television series, “Downtown Abbey.”

When Julian Fellowes was approached to create the now world-acclaimed “Downton Abbey,” he was reading Gail MacColl and Wallace’s book, which he called “a marvelous and entertaining study of the American girls who came over to England, mostly between 1890 and 1914, to marry into the British aristocracy.”

“To Marry an English Lord,” which was first published in 1989 and has been reissued for “Downton Abbey” fans, explores both the glamour and the misfortune that greeted more than 100 newly minted American heiresses who, having been snubbed by the Social Register, invaded Great Britain to swap dollars for titles.

Wallace will present a collection of photographs and anecdotes during the annual tea. The talk will be accompanied by a traditional tea and feature a wide selection of desserts, sandwiches, scones and cream, and more.

Tickets for the tea are $35 for members and $45 for non-members. Proceeds will support the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum and its artistic, cultural and educational programs.

For Victorian Tea reservations please email or call (203) 838-9799, ext. 4.

For more information about the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum, click here .

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