RUTLAND — The Rutland Historical Society stepped back in time on May 21, with a fashion show to commemorate Rutland’s 300th birthday coming up on June 18th. The fashion show and open house were part of the Historical Society’s ongoing tribute to the town’s tricentennial.
The Historical Society houses an impressive wardrobe of historically correct fashion wear, much of which was donated from townsfolk over the years, and some of which was left over from previous anniversary celebrations.
The models included members of the Rutland community, the Rutland 300th Anniversary Committee, and the Historical Society. Several participants dressed the part and channeled people from Rutland’s history. Members of the public enjoyed the open house of the Historical Society’s building, a living museum of Rutland history spanning the past three centuries.
Patty Scales for example, represented 18th century Madame Eliza Jumel, who once lived in a Charnock Hill Road cabin and then became a wealthy socialite, marrying Vice President Aaron Burr and becoming second lady of the United States.
Mark Campbell, dressed in 1700s period attire, channeled the persona of his ancestor Daniel Campbell. Daniel Campbell’s tombstone at the Old Burial Ground Cemetery in Rutland Center declares that he was born in Scotland and came to New England in 1716. In 1744 he “was murdered on his farm by Ed Fitzpatrick, an Irishman.” The murder of Daniel Campbell was the first capitol murder trial in the new territory, resulting in the hanging of Fitzpatrick the Irishman.
Historical Society President Sheila Judkins modeled 20th-century Rutland in a black dress as a roaring ’20s socialite. The outfit was donated to the Historical Society by Martha Bigelow many years ago.
Historical Commission member Jeff Stillings sported a flintlock musket and donned a myriad of 18th-century attire. The outer wool jacket portrayed that of a 1780s French military officer, with an inner layer of 1700s period tricorn hat, puffy shirt and blue wool vest.
“It’s what fit,” proclaimed Stillings.