For its 125th anniversary, Hunter House will go back to the 1920s

Volunteer docent Kathryn Hannan poses in front of the museum in 1920's flapper attire. (Southside Daily/courtesy of Raven Hudson)
Volunteer docent Kathryn Hannan poses in front of the museum in 1920s flapper attire. (Southside Daily/courtesy of Raven Hudson)

NORFOLK — Nestled in the Freemason District is the Hunter House Victorian Museum, a museum dedicated to teaching about the Victorian Era.

And it’s celebrating its 125th anniversary.

In honor of the home’s anniversary, it is hosting a “Toast to the Twenties” fundraiser party on May 4 from 7 to 10 p.m.

“We see this event as an entrance into the community,” said Raven Hudson, the museum’s experience coordinator. “Most people don’t realize that we do tours and events, we’re being missed out on a lot.”

Hudson hopes people who attend the party will get a chance to tour the museum and get a feel for the ambiance of the 1920s home.

In addition to the flapper party, Hunter House will have a 1920s live band playing with dancers from Virginia Swing to show people how to dance, she said.

There will also be a vintage car out back for photo opportunities, a champagne and mimosa bar, card games in the museum’s front and back parlors and a cash prize for best costume.

“We are encouraging everyone to put on your best 1920s inspired looks and come join us for the night,” she said.

All money raised at the event will be used to continue the conservation of the museum and its archives.

“We hope to raise awareness in the community of our museum and get newcomers interested in supporting our many events throughout the year to ensure the long-term conservation of the Hunter family’s belongings and home,” Hudson said.

Registration for the event is required. Find tickets here.

The Hunter House Victorian Museum is at 240 West Freemason St.

It’s open for public touring April through December.

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