June Tours at Hallockville:

To Wear White or Not to Wear White: The Culture of Victorian Wedding Tour

“The Wedding Day has arrived, the most important event in a Victorian girl’s life. It is the day her mother has prepared her for from the moment she was born. The Victorian girl knew no other ambition. She would marry, and she would marry well.” Godey’s Lady’s Book, July 1855, pp. 29 32 by Hope Greenberg.

June is the month for brides and we are celebrating this joyous time with tours centering around the etiquette and culture of the Victorian Wedding. Step back in time and learn about the intricate social graces that helped shape modern Western wedding traditions. The Victorians would have answered the simple question of wearing white with a rhyme:

White–chosen right
Blue–love will be true
Yellow–ashamed of her fellow
Red–wish herself dead
Black–wish herself back
Grey–travel far away
Pink–of you he’ll always think
Green–ashamed to be seen

Maybe it’s not so simple after-all!

Victorian Wedding Tours run every Friday and Saturday in June starting on Friday June, 9. Tours are by reservation only. Tours are approximately 45 minutes in length and will run between 12:15pm and 3:15pm. $7 for adults | $5 for senior citizens | $5 children (FREE for children 5 and under). Special rate of $20 for a group of four.

To register for a tour time please call 631.298.5292.

Please note: Interiors of the buildings may only be accessed by guided tour only. Tours can be in arranged in advance for other days and/or for large groups.  Please call us for assistance in planning your visit.  Hallockville has a variety of classes and workshops that take place throughout the year, please visit the Calendar for more details, and to register online.

Public Tours

Entry into selected Hallockville buildings is by guided tour only.  All visitors must check in at the Hudson-Sydlowski House first. Tours depart from Miss Ella’s Gift Shop.

Hallockville offers admission rates for Adults ($7), Seniors and Children($5), and special rates might also be available for your large private tour group if arranged in advance. Additional donations are welcome.

Self-guided walking tours of the grounds can be done from 12PM to 4 PM weekdays throughout the year and additionally on weekends between May and December only. Simply follow the numbered signs that begin at the informative kiosk behind the Hudson House. For a donation of $4, you may keep a full-color walking tour guide booklet and map.

Group and Private Tours

Special tours for public and private groups are available throughout the year by prior arrangement. The Hallockville office may be contacted at 631-298-5292 to schedule your group’s visit. Fees are based on group size and scope of activity. All tours can be tailored to your group’s interests, age range and schedule.

For School groups and field trips, please visit our School Trips page.