Milford house celebrates sellout success for armagh georgian festival

Georgian festival

Georgian Festival this year was a huge success for Milford House Collection which took part in this year's extended Festival organizing events on Friday 29th, Saturday 30th and Sunday 1st December. Many of the extensive programme of events were a complete sell-out at the venue which took part in the annual festival celebrating Armagh's magnificent heritage and architectural beauty. On Georgian House tours visitors were greeted by 18th century characters Mrs. Dawson one of the wealthy Dawson's of Dawson Street (played by Margaret McManus), Miss Cust a member of the wealthy merchant family (played by Mary Lester) and Alexander Ross the Chaplin to Archbishop Robinson (played by Stephen McManus). Visitors conversed with the Georgian characters and Mr. Ross told them how he and Miss Cust had been promenading round the newly built Armagh Prison- they enjoyed a good hanging! Miss Cust explained she was very wealthy, earning £60.00 a year but alas her father being in trade prevented her marrying gentry! This was followed by highly entertaining house tour of Milford House Collection. For second year running Georgian Afternoon Tea at Milford House Collection on Friday Saturday and Sunday was a complete sell-out. Extra places had to be added. This was an afternoon Tea with a difference where visitors were entertained by Mr. Ross who told them of life in 18th century Armagh and his hard life as the Archbishop's Chaplin. Tea was prepared by Mr. Ross in silver teapots at the Dining table and visitors enjoyed delicious homemade cakes and sandwiches served in beautiful china and silver. At the Georgian Afternoon Tea in addition to guests being entertained by Mr. Ross, they were joined by three Georgian ladies who popped into discuss over tea their marriage plans and their search for a hangman's noose in time for a Christmas wedding! This year the Trust held new evening event on Saturday and Sunday - Tales of the Unexpected at 7.00pm where visitors were enthralled by guides revealing stories from the archives, including the story of the mass kidnapping of the girls at Manor House School by the first headmistress. The Trustees of Milford Buildings Preservation Trust which owns Milford House Collection said: " We are delighted to take part in the spectacular Armagh Georgian Festival and have received rave reviews from visitors to Milford House Collection. We are overwhelmed by the response from the public we welcomed to our events and it was our absolute pleasure to be able to celebrate with so many visitors our rich Georgian culture. As an independent charity we get no funding for the events we organise during Georgian Festival and would like to thank all those who contributed to its success. In particular to those who organised our catering, took part in living history and to Joy and Marion at the Visitor Information Centre all those who worked so hard work in promoting the Georgian Festival".