Literary Parlor

The Mansion is hosting a Victorian Literature Book Club a.k.a. “Literary Parlor.” Everyone is welcome to join 19th century bibliophile, Kate Howe, at Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion for cookies and conversation about Victorian novels.

October: Spooky Literary Parlor

Join us for a spine chilling evening of Victorian ghost stories.  Volunteers select a favorite 19th century scary tale to read aloud to the group. Select a tale that can be read aloud in less than ten minutes. Time allows for only eight story readers; please submit your selection early. For consideration as a reader, send your short story choice to

Readers will be chosen on a first-come, first-serve basis. Readers must purchase a ticket to attend.

Friday, October 12, 7:00 pm to 9 pm

Cost: $15, Member cost: $10  Become a member

Reservations are required. Make reservations online or call 215-438-1861

Deerbrook by Harriet Martineau

November’s Literary Parlor selection is Deerbrook by Harriet Martineau. Published in 1839, Deerbrook is the story of two recently orphaned sisters, Hester and Margaret Ibbotson who move from Birmingham to Deerbrook to live with cousins. Hester is considered a great beauty whereas Margaret is clever and charming. Villagers hope that one of them will be the bride of the unattached, Mr. Hope, the apothecary. Mr. Hope marries Hester while being in love with Margaret thus beginning a love triangle. This novel is often compared to Middlemarch. Join us in November for a scintillating discussion and light refreshments.

Sunday, November 4 at 1:30 pm

Cost: $15, Member cost: $10 Become a member

Call 215-438-1861 or buy tickets online