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Minerva Ross Murrell exhibits and programs end
During the month of January 2020, Hunter’s Home will present programming centered on the lady of the house, Minerva Ross Murrell. From January 7 to 11, programs will focus on medicine. Because Minerva suffered the effects of malaria for much of the last five years of her life, museum staff will discuss commonly prescribed treatments for the disease and medicines of the mid-1800s. Notes from the physician who cared for Minerva reveal that she received many of these treatments under his care.
From January 14 to18, the home will present its “Mourning Minerva” programming, through which visitors will learn the 19th-century processes for dealing with death. The mansion will come out of mourning January 21–25 to discuss the stages of Victorian mourning. Last but certainly not least, Hunter’s Home will close the month on a high note from January 28 to 31 with discussions about period birthday celebrations in honor of the 201st anniversary of Minerva’s birth.
Living History Season at Hunter’s Home is also in full swing. Visit the historic site Thursday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to see dressed interpreters carrying out a variety of 19th-century crafts and trades.