By Eric Fischer
When the Alexander Noble House opens for the summer, visitors may notice the somber mood, as this year’s special exhibit theme is “A House in Mourning”. The Gibraltar Historical Association will be re-creating Alexander Noble’s funeral with many authentic Victorian-era relics including an antique pine coffin, a cooling table, antique embalming fluid, and funeral plaques. The house will also feature many artifacts that depict the traditions of Victorian-era mourners such as mourning attire, white mourning handkerchiefs etched with black lace, stopping the clocks at the time of death, and hanging a black crepe badge on the outer door. Laurie Buske, director of the Gibraltar Historical Association explains the exhibit and when the museum opens for the season.
Buske also says that the 2019 theme will be “Victorian Wedding” but wanted to save many of those details for later. Admission to the Noble House is $5 when open, and also features the permanent exhibit “The Country Doctor”, showcasing what a doctor’s office of the era looked like.