Dinner with Penelope

Sunday August 21st 4 PM

The Historic Winslow House Association Invites You to a Special Evening to Benefit the 1699 Historic Winslow House

Charlotte Bradford, Civil War Nurse

You’ve toured the Winslow house, and you’ve heard its history. Now take the opportunity to focus on the feminine side of  history with our August 21st event, “Dinner with Penelope,” at the 1699 Winslow House.

Penelope Pelham Winslow was a prominent 17th century colonist, but she’s often overshadowed by her connection to her husband, Plymouth governor Josiah Winslow, and her father-in-law, Mayflower passenger Edward Winslow. Much of what we know about the Winslow house and family comes from a male narrative; isn’t it time we turn the spotlight on the feminine perspective?

For 2016, it’s our pleasure to welcome the curator from the Duxbury Rural & Historical Society, Carolyn Ravenscroft, for a talk about Charlotte Bradford: Civil War Nurse. Charlotte Bradford of Duxbury was 48 years old when she traveled to Virginia to become a Civil War nurse. Her unique career spanned three years and included roles aboard transport ships, in hospitals and at the Home for Wives and Mothers in Washington, DC. Her diaries and letters give us a glimpse into the life of this extraordinary woman.


The dinner is buffet style; guests are welcome to fill their plates with whatever catches their eye.

  • Garden Salad
  • Penne Pasta with Marinara Sauce & Cheese
  • Chicken, Broccoli, & Penne in Parmesan Cream Sauce
  • Ice Cream
  • Basic drinks provided free of charge; adult beverages by donation.



4-5 PM: Special Tour of the 1699 Winslow House

5-5:30 PM: Cocktail Hour

5:30-6:30 PM: Buffet Dinner

6:30 PM: Special presentation by Carolyn Ravenscroft, Duxbury Rural & Historical Society Curator

There are a limited number of tickets for this event; pre-registration is highly recommended. To register, please use the button below, or call 781-837-5753, or email director@winslowhouse.org. Please include your name, contact info, and the number of people you are registering.


Carolyn Ravenscroft is the Archivist and Historian for the Duxbury Rural & Historical Society. She received her masters in both History and Library Science from Simmons College. Originally from Cape Cod, she has been a resident of Duxbury for the past 9 years.



The Historic Winslow House Association is a 501 3 (C) non-profit organization, and your support will benefit the ongoing efforts of preservation and operations for the 1699 Winslow House of Marshfield, MA.

The Ancestral Home of the Founding Family of Marshfield