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Victorian Secrets: What Women Wore in the 1800s

Silhouette of a well-dressed woman at Hays

Guided Tour — Fort Hays State Historic Site, Hays

Admission and transportation subsidies are available to schools in twenty-six northwest Kansas counties for this tour.

Grades — Middle school and adult

Women's clothing during the Victorian period were resplendently feminine with lace, frills, hoops, bustles, and beautiful accessories. They were also underlain with corsets, pantaloons and layers of petticoats that took time and effort to get into! Find out what it took for the well-dressed woman of the 1800s to become well-dressed as the presenter dresses a mannequin and explains each item.

Cost per student is $6. One adult enters free for every 10 students. Additional adults pay $5.

Length of tour: Approximately one hour.

Number of students in a group: 30

Registration and scheduling: Contact Site administrator, 785-625-6812; email Fort Hays at kshs.forthays@ks.gov. Tours must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance.

Other guided tours at Fort Hays: