It may look like just any old trunk but it made my heart skip a beat to see it. I arrived July 15th at The Bellamy-Ferriday House for a Lilac Girls event and there it was in the kitchen. The Connecticut Landmarks staff told me one of them had found it in the attic over one of Caroline’s barns. Reminds me of the trunk Caroline opens up in Lilac Girls, full of her theatrical costumes, complete with stickers from Caroline’s theatre tours.
The sticker on the trunk’s front is from David Belasco’s play Accused.
E.H. Southern, below, a popular stage and screen actor of the time was a good friend of the Ferriday’s. His wife Julia Marlowe was a famous Shakespearian actress and the pair starred in many plays together. Caroline appeared in four plays with E.H. and many more with her mentor Julia Marlowe.
David Belasco was the theatrical producer, director and playwright who produced Accused.
If only this trunk could talk.