Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion launched its workshop series in 2008. Each workshop focuses on one craft or pastime popular in the 19th century. Crafts or topics of past workshops include crazy quilting, hexagon quits, yo yo quilts, botanical watercolors, Victorian Valentines, applique techniques, writing inspirations, and faux finishes. Instructors are experts in their field with the ability to give clear instruction. All skill levels are welcome. Enrollment in workshops is limited to 12. Each person receives individual instruction.

Finding Your Gold


 a writing workshop with Janet Benton

Find stories that only you can tell by exploring your family history. Author, Janet Benton, will guide you. No prior writing experience required. Cookies and tea will be served.


Sunday, September 24, 2017 – 1:30 to 3:30 pm
Cost: $30
Member cost: $25
Click here for reservations or call (215)438-1861. Visa and MasterCard accepted. Reservations required.

19th Century Food Tasting and Demo

with Becky Diamond

Join Philadelphia’s Victorian food expert, Becky Diamond, for a scintillating afternoon exploring 19th century food customs and recipes.

Chocolate tasting – Chocolate was used mainly to make beverages until the Victorian era, when better processing methods allowed its use in many other ways. Enjoy a tasting of different recipes from the era (including one or two from Anna Maxwell’s journal).

Sponge cake tasting – Sponge cakes were all the rage during the Victorian era. Becky will explain this cake’s history, how it is made and provide samples for tasting.

Victorian Thanksgiving – Thanksgiving became a “national holiday” during the Victorian era. Becky will explain the history of the holiday, the significance of the era, and compare and contrast foods served then to today.

Sunday, November 12, 2017, 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Cost: $30, Member cost: $25  Reservations are required. 

Make reservations online or call 215-438-1861

Discover more about 19th recipes and food customs


Hair Art

with Melanie Bilenker

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Fairy Watercolor Workshop


Coming in April 2018 – Fairy Watercolor Workshop. Check back for the exact date.

“Victorians embraced belief in fairies as a reaction to the disenchantment of the world.” (Michael Kimmelman, New York Times, 1998) Join Jency Latta to create your own fanciful fairy watercolor painting. Supplies included.

A Sunday in April 2018 – 1:30 to 4:30 pm
Cost: $30
Member cost: $25
Click here for reservations or call (215)438-1861. Visa and MasterCard accepted. Reservations required.