My Vintage Style-70s Floral Shirtwaist Dress at Sedgewick Gardens

1970s floral print dress

My hubbie and I really enjoy visiting historic houses, so we’re always on the look out for new places to check out .Recently I discovered, just 20 minutes from me, is the Long Hill Estate with it’s magnificent Sedgwick Gardens.   It’s in Beverly, Mass and being as I lived the first half of my life in the Boston area I can’t believe I never knew about this beautiful spot. Anyway, better late than never as they say!
Long Hill Estate

Long Hill was the summer retreat of Ellery Sedgwick, the publisher and editor of the Atlantic Monthly Magazine.  Mr. Sedgwick was instrumental in launching the literary careers of many writers, including Ernest Hemingway and Robert Frost.

In 1916 he purchased 114 acres of land in Beverly and on it built a reproduction of a federal style antebellum mansion he had seen in Charleston, S.C.  When the original was abandoned he even purchased architectural details and had them sent by barge to Boston in order to incorporate them into his home.

Long Hill Estate Beverly Ma

The house is surrounded by beautiful gardens, which are the highlight of this property.  Mabel, the first Mrs. Sedgwick, was an avid horticulturalist who had ambitious plans for the grounds. She created outdoor living spaces which are essentially individual garden rooms separated by gates and pathways.

Mabel died in 1937 and Mr. Sedgwick  eventually married  Marjorie, who also just happened to be a horticulturalist!  Both horticulturalists with names beginning with M.  I thought that was kind of interesting. What are the chances?

The second Mrs. Sedgwick continued with the care and maintenance of the gardens.

Sedgwick Garden pond


Sedgwick Gardens

It was hot, humid and overcast the day we visited,  so I had to wear something lightweight, and comfortable. Plus it had to be a floral print to complement my surroundings!  I chose this 1970s sleeveless shirtwaist dress.  I’m a huge fan of shirtwaist dresses. The style is timeless and this one has an elasticized waist band with front ties, which meant it wouldn’t be strangling my mid section when I went for a nice big lunch later.

Does anyone else plan their outfits around their eating habits, or is it just me?

1970s floral print dress

I wore my Crown Vintage yellow peep toe wedge sandals, a 1960s tan tweed bag and my blue and green 50s thermoset bracelet.

70s floral dress

Sedgwick Gardens gazebo

Sedgwick Garden Gazebo

Not only can you stroll through the various “garden rooms” but there is also a 1.2 mile hiking trail through woodlands, an apple orchard and a 2 acre organic vegetable farm, which I could not get pictures of because it started to drizzle and we had to run for the car!

Long Hill Estate

Long Hill Estate

Sedgwick Gardens Long Hill

I couldn’t help thinking what a perfect venue this would be for a vintage themed lawn party. A picnic or high tea with everyone wearing Edwardian or 1920s finery would be so much fun.

70s floral shirtwaist dress


Below are some more photos of the stunning grounds. I’m always so thrilled to see places like this preserved for future generations to appreciate.

Till next time…..


Jess/Elegantly Dressed and Stylish for Turning Heads Tuesday.
Shelbee on the Edge


By | 2017-09-01T07:28:22-04:00 August 29th, 2017|Fashion, My Vintage Style, Travel|12 Comments

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Hi, I'm Theresa, owner and chief classy dame at the Blue Velvet Vintage online boutique. Lover of mid century fashion and home decor, classic films, Old Hollywood, pretty dresses, red lipstick, swing dancing and retro culture in general. Between my ecommere site and vintage style blog my mission is to revive the eras of classy dressing and inspire women to add more glamour to their lives! So don't be shy! I love to hear from others who share my appreciation of the styles of the past.


  1. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell September 9, 2017 at 7:57 am

    Thanks, Maria! Yes, wedges are great for walking through gardens. No worries about heels getting stuck!

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    Maria | passion fruit, paws and peonies September 9, 2017 at 4:08 am

    I’ve loved reading your post. The garden is very pretty and you look fabulous in your 70’s dress. Very wise wearing ‘wedges’ as us English ladies call them. I’ve ruined so many shoes in gardens of wedding venues. x

  3. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell September 2, 2017 at 12:55 pm

    Thanks Jess. You do quite a great job of rocking the vintage floral prints yourself 🙂

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    jess jannenga September 2, 2017 at 11:21 am

    What beautiful grounds! I would certainly see the Garden Rooms and hike some though there. So wonderful you discovered it! I LOVE vintage floral prints and this dress looks so lovely on you. The yellow sandals are the perfect summer choice with this dress!
    Thanks for linking!
    jess xx

  5. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell September 1, 2017 at 11:16 am

    Thanks Nicole! I’ve visited and read your blog numerous times. You’ve got a great eclectic sense of style. I guess you don’t have comments enabled though so I can never tell you how great you look 🙂

    Appreciate you stopping by. Always nice to meet another who likes retro styles!

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    Nicole September 1, 2017 at 10:55 am

    Beautiful dress. I am glad I found your blog thru the linkup! I love retro inspired dresses!

  7. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell September 1, 2017 at 10:48 am

    If you ever get to New England in the summer you should definitely visit. Some of the most beautiful landscaping I’ve ever seen. And many thanks for you compliments and for stopping by 🙂

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    Kathrine Eldridge September 1, 2017 at 10:26 am

    Your dress is so pretty and perfect with this backdrop! I love flowers so I would love to visit these garden. Stunning pics!

  9. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell August 29, 2017 at 7:15 pm

    Thank you Vix. I know you Britons love your gardens! And, yes, you are due for a stately home visit. Look forward to seeing those pix. I always enjoy your historic home tours.

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    Theresa Campbell August 29, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    It really is a magical place. My photos don’t do it justice. Quite serene. Glad to know I’m not the only one planning my outfit around my appetite! And walking too. The days are long gone where I could traipse around endlessly in high heels. Now they’re reserved for only very short jaunts 🙂

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    Vix August 29, 2017 at 1:45 pm

    What a gorgeous post! Your dress is perfect for such a grand house visit. The photo of you in the arbor is worthy of framing!
    We love a stately home visit – we’re long overdue a trip! xxx

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    Suzanne August 29, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    What a lovely way to spend an afternoon and show off your fabulous outfit at the same time.

    I especially like the photo of you in the Japanese garden.

    I often plan my outfits around what I’ll be eating and where I’ll be walking.


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