Saturday, March 21, 2015

Society Saturday: Tournament and Ball (1873)

Alexandria Gazette
12 August 1873


A grand tournament and ball took place on the "Trundle Farm," near St. John's church, Prince William County, Va., about seven miles from Sudley Springs, on the 7th inst., which was numerously attended by persons from the county, Fauquier, Loudoun, and Alexandria.  Fourteen knights entered the list for the prize, which was won by Mr. J. C. Lynn, of Loudoun, who crowned Miss Virginia Ogden, of Alexandria, as Queen of Love and Beauty.  Miss Rilla Nixon, of Fauquier, was crowned 1st Maid of Honor by Mr. L. C. Lynn of Prince William County; Miss Mattie J. Smith, of Loudoun, was crowned 2nd Maid of Honor by Mr. C. C. Gheen, of Fairfax county, and Miss Ella Cockerille, of Fauquier, was crowned 3d Maid of Honor by Mr. Gilbert Elgin, of the same county.  The charge to the knights and coronation address were delivered by Mr. T. J. Leachman, of Prince William county.  The riding was very fine, the ladies most charming, the dancing exhilarating and the music delightful, and everything passed off to the entire satisfaction of all who participated.

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