Victorian Parlor Series


While sipping, snacking, and socializing, explore a variety of exciting topics related to Historic Körner’s Folly and popular art and culture of the late 1880s – 1910s. During the Victorian period, the parlor represented was a gathering of people under the roof of an inspiring host, held partly to amuse one another and partly to refine the taste and increase the knowledge of the participants through conversation.

Upcoming Events


Historical Botany: A Collaboration with the
Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden

Saturday, July 13, 2019 @ 10 AM – 1 PM

Join us and the Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden for a dive into the world of Victorian houseplants, Pteridomania, Wardian cases, how the Parlor Palm got its name, and more!
 
This progressive program begins with a presentation at the Ciener Botanical Garden, moves to Korner’s Folly for a flora-focused tour, and concludes with Tea & Scones from Mae’s Vintage Kitchen in the elegant Reception Room.
 
Tickets are $15 for Adults, $10 for Children (Under 18) and includes the presentation, tour, and refreshments. This event is rain or shine; tickets are non-refundable.

Past Events


Picnic with The Prescott
Sunday, May 19, 2019 @ 3 – 6 pm

To celebrate the fine spring weather, we’re taking the Parlor outside for a Victorian-style picnic, featuring menu by local farm-to-table restaurant The Prescott. In addition to “Aunt Dealy’s Lemonade” signature cocktail, Chef Trey Prescott will create fresh takes on other classic Körner Family recipes.

Harking back to the days of Jule and Polly Alice, we will enjoy games on the North Lawn including Croquet, Badminton, and Graces. This event is BYOB – Bring Your Own Blanket, providing a great opportunity for visitors to lounge outdoors Victorian-style. Costumed party-goers will be in attendance, and visitors are encouraged to show off their own festive attire.

Tickets include refreshments, games, and self-guided tours of the historic house museum.

Wine & Valentines
Thursday, February 7, 2019 @5-8pm

Gather in the elegance of the Reception Room to sip, socialize, and explore Victorian customs in this special Valentine’s Day edition of our adult education series. Play a parlor game, taste local wines, and sample chocolate delights while learning about courting in the Victorian age, including the Love Language of the Fan, the Hankie, and the Parasol.

Objects from the Körner’s Folly Collection will be on display, including Jule Körner’s original Valentine’s Day card to his lady love Polly Alice, as well as Doré’s wedding fan and portrait. You can even make your own romantic cards at our DIY Valentine station. The house will be open for self-guided tours, and festive attire is encouraged! Ages 21+ only.


Craft Night with Reconsidered Goods
Thursday, October 25, 2018 @ 6:00pm

The Victorian era is known for its decorative arts and over-the-top style. Join us as we create Victorian inspired crafts with Reconsidered Goods. Reconsidered Goods is a creative reuse center for the surrounding North Carolina community. Their organization collects and organizes discarded items from local businesses and personal donations, and redistributes the collected materials for reuse by others. What better place than Körner’s Folly, a house of adaptive reuse, to make a funky Victorian inspired craft with recycled goods? All craft supplies for the event are reused materials, and you can choose your craft: a leather cuff or steampunk hat décor. Must be 18+ to attend.


A Behind the Scenes Look at Interior Restoration
Tuesday, May 22, 2018 @ 5:30-7:30pm

This year has brought another phase of interior restoration to Körner’s Folly with the restoration of three rooms – the Cellar, Smoking Lounge, and Den. With the completion of this most recent project, eight of Körner’s Folly’s 22 rooms have been completely restored. Join us to celebrate the completion of this project and learn more about the restoration process. All 22 rooms of the house museum will be open for you to explore and you will have the opportunity to meet the contractors who have been involved throughout the restoration. Chris Thompson, general Contractor of the project, and Dev Clark of JD Clark Company, Plaster Restoration and Repair will be available to answer your questions about the restoration process and the unique challenges of restoring Körner’s Folly. Don’t miss this exclusive opportunity to step behind the scenes to meet the people restoring Körner’s Folly and learn about future restoration efforts. Must be 21+ to attend.


Victorian Cocktails with Breathe Lounge
Thursday, February 1, 2018 @ 6pm & 7:30pm

The cocktail was popularized during the Victorian era. We will learn the history of and sample 3 cocktails that were created in the late 1800s: the Old Fashioned, Daiquiri, and Tom Collins. A bartender from Breathe Lounge will be mixing drinks and answering your questions. Join us to ‘sip and learn’ about the art of the Victorian cocktail. Must be 21+ to attend.


Murder, Mystery, and Mayhem with Jennifer Bean Bower
Friday, October 27, 2017 @ 6:30pm in Cupid’s Park Theatre

The Victorian-era is often described as having a “culture of death.” From taking photos of dead loved ones, to superstitions, to wearing jewelry made from hair of the deceased, the Victorians had an elaborate culture of grief and mourning. Speaker Jennifer Bean Bower plays into the Victorian culture of death by exploring strange and mysterious tales of Murder, Mystery, and Mayhem in Forsyth County over 100 years ago from her recent book. This entertaining lecture-style event is sure to get you into the Halloween spirit, and will be kicked off with a fall-themed Victorian Parlor game.


Historic Preservation with Benjamin Briggs
Tuesday, May 23, 2017 @ 6:30pm

Join us for our inaugural Victorian Parlor Event!  In honor of Historic Preservation Month, Benjamin Briggs, Executive Director of Preservation Greensboro, will talk about Historic Preservation initiatives in the Piedmont Triad.