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Keep your social distance while still socializing with the RSV!  We'll be adding all kinds of ways that you can get your early 19th century fix with friends and members as we attempt to wait out the Coronavirus.  Scroll down to see what we're doing, or click on one of the links below to jump directly to your topic of choice!

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Regency Paper Dolls

Virtual Regency Field Trips


It is a well-known fact that Virginians of the early 19th century loved gaming!  So, why not take advantage of these friendly competitions and, mayhap, win a Regency-inspired prize?  The contests are open to both members and non-members alike; simply follow the instructions and guidelines listed below and join in the fun!

Reticule Contest

Enter by May 1, 2020

OBJECT:  Create a Regency Era style reticule (drawstring purse).

REQUIREMENTS:  Simply create a reticule that goes with the theme, HIBERNATION.  How you interpret that term is up to you.  The size, shape, fabric, and design are completely up to you so long as you create a Regency-inspired reticule in line with our chosen theme. 

HOW TO ENTER:  After creating your reticule, send up to three photos of it as well as an explanation of how you incorporated "Hibernation" into your reticule design to info@varegency.org no later than 11:49PM EST on May 1, 2020.  The winner will be chosen by vote.  Notification of when voting opens will be announced on our website and Facebook.

PRIZES:  The prize of a late 18th-/early 19th century print will be given to the first, second, and third place entrants.  The first place winner will have first choice of the three available prints, and so on.

Good luck!

Regency Scavenger Hunt

Enter weekly - See our Facebook Page for Posts!

Join us on Facebook to participate in an old fashioned scavenger hunt!  Lists of the items to be collected will be posted on our Facebook page at noon on the scheduled day of the hunt.  The first person to post pictures of the most items on the list by 11:59PM on the day of the scheduled contest will win a prize!

  • Sunday, April 5, 2020 - Theme: The Early Republic America
  • Sunday, April 19, 2020 - Theme:  Regency Literature

Regency Recipes

What better to do with your extra time at home than whip up a period culinary masterpiece?  Click a recipe below to view a short video tutorial.  You can download a modern conversion of the early 19th century recipe at on our Regency Recipes page!

Regency Slang

Join our host, D.S. Gusting, as he introduces you to some of the more informal language of the early 19th century.  Each term is taken from Grose's A Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue.  This week's episode is below.  Looking for more?  Check out our Regency Slang playlist on our YouTube Channel.

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We might not be able to take tea together, but that doesn't mean that we can't visit face to face in this fascinating modern age we live in!  Grab your tea cup, don your hat, cap, or bonnet, and join us in our Zoom "room" for a half hour of chatting together.  Registration closes the day before the online event.  Be sure to register on our Events page in order to get the meeting link!

  • Tuesday, April 7, 2020 - 8:00PM EST - Theme: Regency Accessories!  (Feel free to wear bonnets, shawls, etc. to the virtual gathering!)
  • Tuesday, April 14, 2020 - 8:00PM EST - Theme: Regency at Retail (Share your tips on making modern items work for an early 19th century impression.)


Our members are what make the RSV a great group!  By bringing together people who have different perspectives and historical passions, we make our study of the early 19th century more three-dimensional.  We would love for you to share your thoughts about what the Regency Society of Virginia has meant to you in your exploration of this fascinating time period.  Have you picked up a new skill?  Discovered something about the time that you may not have found out otherwise?  Maybe the friends that you've made have been what you cherish most.  Whatever it is that makes the RSV a special group to you, help us let other Regency Era history buffs out there know that they're not alone by posting a picture of yourself (at an RSV event or on your own) on social media along with one reason that you love the RSV.  And don't forget the hashtag #MyRSV!

Regency Paper Dolls

Every Regency lady requires the help of her modiste to ensure that she steps out in high style!  Here is your opportunity to impress the haut ton by completing our paper doll's wardrobe.  Simply download and print out the pages below (hint: printing on card stock works best!), color, and cut them out, and dress the doll as you so choose!  (We'd love to see your creation!  Post a picture of your completed doll on social media with the hashtag #RSVpaperdoll!)

Paper Doll Page 1 (Doll)

Paper Doll Page 2 (Dress and accessories)

Virtual Regency Field Trips

Being stuck at home doesn't mean that you can't still explore!  Check out some of these amazing museums and sites that offer a glimpse into the early 19th century from the comfort of your chair.  (Have another virtual tour link appropriate for the period between 1790-1820?  Let us know by e-mailing us at info@varegency.org!)

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