"...History, an inexhaustible fund of entertainment 
                           & instruction."

-James Madison

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Upcoming events

    • 04/28/2018
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • 465 Bacons Castle Trail, Surry, VA

    Help our friends at Preservation Virginia's Bacon's Castle celebrate Historic Garden Week in one of Virginia's oldest formal gardens.  We are looking for volunteers to come out in period attire to demonstrate games, serve guests with tea and cookies and generally add to the period atmosphere of the property.  Period picnicking is welcome as well.  Please let us know if you will be available to assist us in supporting one of the RSV's oldest friends!  Registration for this event will close on April 21.

    • 05/04/2018
    • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • St. John's Church, 424 Washington St., Portsmouth, VA
    Ever want to learn how to dance as they did in Jane Austen's day?  Join us for a casual class and familiarize yourself with the basics of early 19th century English Country Dancing.  No experience is necessary to participate and there is no need to bring a partner.  All are welcome and there is no charge to take part in the lesson regardless of your membership status with the RSV.  We do ask that you please register for each session you wish to attend in order to give us an idea of how many to expect.
    • 05/12/2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 2050 James Monroe Pkwy, Charlottesville, VA

    Introduce a new generation to the wonders of early 19th century history by joining us as we assist James Monroe's Highland in presenting their annual Girl Scout Day to local scout troops.  We are in need of volunteers willing to demonstrate period dance, assist with music, and talk about the clothing of the time.  Please let us know that you will be joining us by registering below no later than May 5.

    • 05/18/2018
    • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • St. John's Church, 424 Washington St., Portsmouth, VA
    Ever want to learn how to dance as they did in Jane Austen's day?  Join us for a casual class and familiarize yourself with the basics of early 19th century English Country Dancing.  No experience is necessary to participate and there is no need to bring a partner.  All are welcome and there is no charge to take part in the lesson regardless of your membership status with the RSV.  We do ask that you please register for each session you wish to attend in order to give us an idea of how many to expect.
    • 05/19/2018
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • 11617 Caledon Rd, King George, VA

    2018 is the two hundredth wedding anniversary of Gustavus Brown Alexander and Sarah Blair Stuart, owners of the property upon which Caledon State Park sits today.  In celebration of that event, we will be assisting the Park in reenacting it during their "Regency Family Fair" held in conjunction with the statewide "Kids to Parks" day.  In addition to the wedding (for which we are in search of volunteers to play the parts of neighbors and friends of the happy couple), we will be demonstrating dancing, playing period games, and talking about clothing from the time.

    If you are willing to assist us, please let us know by registering for this event no later than May 12.


    • 06/23/2018
    • 06/24/2018

    While Virginia isn't well-known for her War of 1812 sites, one of the most significant actions in the Commonwealth during that conflict took place in June of 1813 at the Battle of Craney Island which prevented the British from taking Norfolk and Portsmouth.  The Regency Society of Virginia has been invited by the Fort Norfolk Garrison, host unit for this event, to help show what life was like for the civilians of the area.  The event will take place at historic Fort Norfolk, a 1790's fortification located in downtown Norfolk.  Please register by June 16 so that we can keep you  informed of any information regarding this event. 

    • 06/23/2018
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Freemason Abbey Restaurant, 209 W Freemason St, Norfolk, VA
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    We're looking for volunteers to assist with the Hunter House Victorian Museum's 19th Century Fashion Show fundraiser.  We need up to 10 models to show men's, women's, and children's fashions from 1800-1840.  Those who wish to stay after the show for a lunch at the Abbey may do so for $25/person.  Models will have to provide their own clothing and a description for the MC prior to the show.  Please register no later than April 15.  When you register, please let us know what period(s) you are able to provide and model clothing for and whether or not you will be staying for the luncheon afterwards.

    • 07/04/2018
    • 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • 1542 Bateman Bridge Road, Forest, VA
    What better way to celebrate Independence Day than at one of the homes of the author of the Declaration of Independence?  We're looking for volunteers to help Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest bring the early 19th century alive for their visitors during their 4th of July program.  The RSV will be providing dance demonstrations to the public throughout this event.  This will be a costumed required event.  Please register by June 25, 2018 to let us know that you are planning to participate with us.
    • 08/11/2018
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Bruton Heights School, 301 1st St, Williamsburg, VA

    A short gown is a loose t-shaped garment that is cut to the hip or thigh and was made to wrap across the front.  It was commonly held together by pins, or by the early 19th century, a draw string, and held in place by an apron.  Worn by all levels of society, these short gowns would be from a variety of fabric depending upon one's station--wealthier women wore them from better fabric as undress for home wear, where middling women wore them as utilitarian daily garments.

    In this fun half-day workshop, participants will learn to drape and sew an early 19th century short gown or bed jacket based on their own measurements.  Working in teams of two, we will measure and then cut the gown straight from the garment fabric without the use of a pattern.  The gowns should be finished or very close to being finished in the allotted time.  Gowns can be hand or machine sewn depending upon the participant's preference.  There will be some machines available for use but if you have a machine that you are willing to share, please let us know!

    Registration ($25/RSV members and $30/non-members) includes all instruction and lunch.  A material list will be sent upon registration.  Space for this workshop is limited to 12 people.  Please register no later than August 8.

    • 09/27/2018
    • 5:00 PM
    • 09/30/2018
    • 10:00 AM
    • 1273 North Point Farm Rd. King William, VA
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    As of 1/29/18, this event is SOLD OUT.  If you are still interested in joining us, we encourage you to register and add your name to the waitlist.  Those one the waitlist will be contacted in the order that they register should space at the retreat become available. 

    The ladies of the Regency Society of Virginia are invited to join us for an extended weekend full of all things Regency!  Our annual retreat is a relaxed time of indulgence in period pastimes, delicious food, and lively conversation.  This year's retreat will be held in a new location: stunning North Point Plantation, an 18th century manor home overlooking the Mattaponi River.  Your registration includes lodging in the plantation house for three nights, all activities, and meals for the entire time that we are "retreating."  Period attire is encouraged but not required.  

    Please note that space for our retreat is EXTREMELY limited and traditionally sells out quickly.  Registration will be open to RSV members only through March 31, after which it will be open to non-members. 

    Full payment at the time of registration for this event is encouraged, however, a space may be reserved with a minimum deposit of $100 upon registration with the balance due no later than September 1.  (Please contact us at to arrange for partial payment.)

    • 09/29/2018
    • 11:00 AM
    • 09/30/2018
    • 4:00 PM
    • Harpers Ferry National Park, 171 Shoreline Drive, Harpers Ferry, WV

    Join us and our hosts, the Friends of Maryland's War of 1812, for a weekend at Harpers Ferry portraying civilian life during the War of 1812 in the program, "Defending Harpers Ferry During the War of 1812 - The Mustering Out of Captain Humphries' Company."  This program will interpret events as they happened upon the return of the local militia company in September of 1814.  The weekend will not only include firing demonstrations and military drill but a civic barbecue at the site of Williamson's Tavern complete with patriotic speeches from the town "elders," and a Star-Spangled Banner program on the Town Green.  Period attire is required for this event.  Registration must be completed no later than July 15 so that paperwork to participate may be completed and turned in by the end of July.

    • 10/13/2018
    • 11:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • 1700 Hampton Street Richmond, VA
    What could be better as the seasons change than an autumnal picnic amidst beautiful surroundings?  Join us for a picnic on the grounds of Maymont Park.  In addition to enjoying the pleasant environs, delicious food, and delightful company, the RSV has reserved a horse-drawn carriage for the exclusive use of those who have registered from 1:00 - 2:30pm.  Please bring a period dish to pass and any picnicking accoutrements that your party will require (including cups, utensils, plates, blankets, etc.).  The RSV will provide drinks and have period games available to play.  This event is FREE to RSV members and just $5/person (over age 5) for non-members.  Be sure to register by October 10 to ensure that you are on our mailing list for updates and any last minute changes that may need to be made due to weather.
    • 11/17/2018
    • 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Country Club of Petersburg, 1250 Flank Rd, Petersburg, VA
    The Regency Society of Virginia cordially invites its members and friends to attend its 2018 Victory Ball.  This evening has become one of the highlights of the RSV year, complete with a stirring program of period dances, live music, excellent food, and delightful company.  Period costume is encouraged but not required.  Dance lists and more information will be posted on our Victory Ball information page as it becomes available.  There are no ticket sales at the door and registration closes on November 10.
    • 12/02/2018
    • 11:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • 132 Hope House Rd, Windsor, NC

    Help us bring in the holiday season at historic Hope Plantation in Windsor, North Carolina.  The RSV is seeking volunteers willing to assist in demonstrating period dance to the visitors of the Plantation's annual open house.  When not dancing, volunteers will be allowed to tour Hope Plantation (c. 1803) and the 18th century King-Bazemore House which is also on the property, take a horse-drawn carriage ride, visit the kitchen for freshly-made biscuits and otherwise enjoy the festivities.  Period costume for this event is required.  Please let us know that you will be joining us by registering no later than November 25.

    • 06/17/2019
    • 06/24/2019
    • England

    We're taking a group trip to the UK in June of 2019!  Our trip will be hitting many Regency era highlights including Jane Austen sites, HMS Victory, Apsley House, the Royal Pavillion in Brighton, and more.  Further details are posted on our UK Group Trip page.  Be sure to register in order to get updates on what promises to be a fabulous trip!  There is no obligation with registration.


Past events

04/20/2018 Regency Dance Practice
04/06/2018 Regency Dance Practice
03/24/2018 War of 1812 Weekend at Harpers Ferry
03/23/2018 Regency Dance Practice
02/10/2018 "It Was a Fine Family-Piece": Dining with the Elliots, Musgroves, and Harvilles
01/27/2018 "Pride and Prejudice" at the Wells Theater
01/14/2018 Annual RSV Members Meeting and Swap Meet
01/13/2018 Fifth Annual Twelfth Night Dinner
12/20/2017 Election of Officers
12/03/2017 Hope Plantation Christmas Open House
11/04/2017 Murder Mystery Evening
10/21/2017 Victory Ball
10/14/2017 Chesapeake Waterways Heritage Festival
09/28/2017 Regency Ladies Retreat
09/09/2017 An Autumnal Picnic at the Lands'
08/05/2017 Regency Tea
06/24/2017 Battle of Craney Island
06/14/2017 "Don't Forget Your Old Shipmate: Sailors and Sea Chanteys in the War of 1812. An Evening with the Crew of the USS Constellation."
06/10/2017 Richmond Canal Boat Tour
05/06/2017 Regency Day at Historic Halifax
04/29/2017 Girl Scout Day at Highland
04/22/2017 Harper's Ferry 1812 Recruiting Day
04/06/2017 Hope Plantation Living History Day
04/03/2017 Hope Plantation Living History Day
03/25/2017 Hope Plantation's "Tea With Mrs. Stone"
03/04/2017 Bicentennial of James Monroe's First Inauguration
03/03/2017 Hope Plantation Living History Day
02/04/2017 Sukey: Life With Dolley Madison
01/21/2017 RSV Annual Meeting
01/14/2017 Fourth Annual Twelfth Night Dinner
12/17/2016 Holidays at Poplar Forest
12/04/2016 Hope Plantation Christmas Open House
11/18/2016 Hope Plantation Living History Day
11/06/2016 Little Belt Affair Marker Dedication
11/05/2016 DAR Museum Visit
11/03/2016 Hope Plantation Living History Day
10/27/2016 Hope Plantation Living History Day
10/13/2016 Hope Plantation Living History Day
10/09/2016 Chesapeake Waterways Heritage Festival
10/06/2016 Hope Plantation Living History Day
09/22/2016 Second Annual Regency Ladies Retreat
09/10/2016 An Early 19th Century Picnic
08/26/2016 Regency Dance Practice
08/12/2016 Regency Dance Practice
08/06/2016 Turban Sewing Day
07/29/2016 Regency Dance Practice
07/13/2016 An Evening with Admiral Lord Nelson
07/08/2016 Regency Dance Practice
07/04/2016 Independence Day at Poplar Forest
07/01/2016 Regency Dance Practice
06/17/2016 Regency Dance Practice
06/11/2016 Regency Nature Hike
06/04/2016 Francis Land Family Fun Day
06/03/2016 Regency Dance Practice
05/28/2016 Love and Friendship Regional Movie Outing
05/27/2016 Regency Dance Practice
05/07/2016 Bacon's Castle Garden Party
05/07/2016 Highland Girl Scout Day
04/30/2016 12th US Infantry Regiment Recruiting Rendezvous
04/22/2016 Regency Dance Practice
04/01/2016 Regency Dance Class
03/24/2016 Hope Plantation Living History Day
03/21/2016 Hope Plantation Living History Day
02/27/2016 "Let Freedom Ring" Bell-Ringing
02/20/2016 "Conway and Robinson" Exhibition Tour
01/16/2016 RSV Annual Meeting
01/02/2016 3rd Annual Twelfth Night Dinner
12/12/2015 Holidays at Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest
12/06/2015 Hope Plantation Christmas Open House
11/15/2015 Ash Lawn-Highland Open House
11/07/2015 Montpelier Hunt Races
11/03/2015 Hope Plantation Living History Day
10/27/2015 Hope Plantation Living History Day
10/24/2015 Victory Ball
10/20/2015 Hope Plantation Living History Day
10/18/2015 Jewelry in the Early 19th Century
10/10/2015 Harvest Picnic
10/02/2015 Victory Ball Dance Practice
09/11/2015 Victory Ball Practice
08/22/2015 Richmond Theater Fire Lecture
08/08/2015 Cape Henry War of 1812 Marker Dedication
07/16/2015 Regency Ladies' House Party

Want to see more past events?  Visit our Past Events page!

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