In Memoriam: Death and Mourning in the Victorian Era


In Memoriam: Death and Mourning in the Victorian Era

During the month of October the Owens-Thomas House will incorporate an exciting new experience into its daily museum tours. In addition to the home’s history and architecture, daily tours will also explore the complex rituals that surrounded death and mourning in the Victoria Era. The house will be set to receive mourners in honor of the death of Dr. James Gray Thomas, father of Margaret Gray Thomas, and will feature exhibits of period funerary objects including clothing, jewelry, and post-mortem photography. Special after-hours programming will include a living history tour and a lecture, which will delve deeper into the history of the Thomas family, American funerary culture, and the death and mourning of Dr. James Gray Thomas.

Schedule of Related Events

Oct. 1-31-Mourning customs are incorporated into daily tours/exhibits inside museum

Oct. 27-Lecture: Owens-Thomas House Interpreter Corrie Hand presents “Mourning Practices” at 6 pm in the Neises Auditorium at the Jepson Center

Oct. 28 & 29-Living History Tours at 6 & 7 pm. Reservations are required-tickets are $10 for members, $15 for non-members, or $25 with a Telfair Pass. For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact Cyndi Sommers at 912-790-8880 or

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