Girl Scout Troop 1434 Earns “Playing the Past” Badge at the Lovettsville Museum (2014)

Lovettsville Girl Scout Troop 1434 earned their “Playing the Past” badge by visiting the Lovettsville Historical Society on Sunday, November 23, 2014.  The group of 5th graders learned about daily life in the era before electricity, telephones and modern conveniences.

The troop looked at photographs documenting Lovettsville’s many changes over the years, guessed at the use of various household and farm implements on display, and admired the stitching of a handmade turn-of-the-last-century lady’s floor-length gown from the museum’s collection.

Tom Bullock and Ed Spannaus from the Lovettsville Historical Society hosted the girls, answered questions about artifacts, and provided the definitions of nineteenth-century terms as “dry goods,”  “notions,” “staples,” “undertaker,” “millinery,” “barter,” and “livery.”

Diverging from their usual meeting agenda of badge work and outdoor skills-building activities, the girls had just come from their troop holiday party where they had shared home-made, old-fashioned snacks and family recipes, and decorated their own Victorian-style hats with silk flowers and tulle.

The Lovettsville Historical Society and Museum is open Saturdays 1:00-4:00 and also by appointment. The LHS is committed to preserving and promoting the history and heritage of the Town of Lovettsville and the surrounding area known as “The German Settlement.”  Displayed are various artifacts, photographs, documentation, household articles, tools, genealogy and other historical information pertaining to the local history within the Lovettsville Museum.

Plan your next outing to visit the museum, attend our monthly events and lectures or arrange a group tour by emailing