Historic Clothing, Artifacts To Be Featured At Pioneer Day

By  //  January 27, 2014

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at Sams House on Pine Island

ABOVE VIDEOThe hiking trail at the Sams House Management and Education Center at Pine Island Conservation Area is located on North Merritt Island, Florida.

BREVARD COUNTY •  MERRITT ISLAND, FLORIDA – Never before seen artifacts and historic clothing will be the highlight of Pioneer Day.

Every year, on February 8, Pioneer Day is hosted at Sams House on Pine Island. This year, descendants and relatives of Sam donated never-before-seen artifacts and clothing to be shown at the historic house.

Sams House at Pine Island (photo by Jamie Drake)

Sams House at Pine Island (Jamie Drake image)

Display Coordinator Diana Sageser who is an expert on historic clothing and artifacts says, “The clothing in this exhibit show wear, but they also show us needlework techniques used by women in the late 1880s and early 1900s. We get a feel for what ladies could afford, and sometimes we see items that were made over, or saved from earlier times.”

The display includes several white clothing pieces, which were worn by younger women as a sign of innocence, an evening bodice made in the Pouter Pigeon fashion, and several mourning outfits.

Every year, on February 8, Pioneer Day is hosted at Sams House on Pine Island. This year, descendants and relatives of Sam donated never-before-seen artifacts and clothing to be shown at the historic house. (Sam's House)

Every year, on February 8, Pioneer Day is hosted at Sams House on Pine Island. This year, descendants and relatives of Sam donated never-before-seen artifacts and clothing to be shown at the historic house. (Sam’s House)

Sageser is donating a parasol from her own collection, which was owned by Betty Pfeiffer, wife of Orange County Chief Circuit Judge Frederick Pfeiffer.

Handmade jewelry, including a brooch made from the hair of a dead loved one, a cigarette holder with teeth marks, a quilt, wooden and metal tools, housewares, and paper items such as gas-ration cards and postcards, will also be on display.

Pioneer Day runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is free, with a suggested donation of $1 per car for parking. Sams House at Pine Island is located at 6195 N. Tropical Trail in Merritt Island.

The historic complex includes the oldest-standing home in Brevard County, the 1875 Sams Cabin. The property is located within the 1,000-acre Pine Island Conservation Area, which is owned and operated by the Brevard County Environmentally Endangered Lands Program.

CLICK HERE for more information about this event or call 321-449-4720.

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ABOVE MAP: Pioneer Day runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is free, with a suggested donation of $1 per car for parking. Sams House at Pine Island is located at 6195 N. Tropical Trail in Merritt Island.


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