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1890s Portland Cutter Sleigh at Emlen Physick Estate

The Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC) is adding a full-sized, restored 1890s Portland Cutter sleigh to its Victorian Chritsmas scene at the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington Street. The sleigh was recently transported from Falls Church, Va., home of its owners, Ioanna Iliopulos and Tom Cataldo. It is through their generosity that visitors will enjoy viewing this authentic piece of Victoriana on the grounds of the estate throughout this holiday season and for seasons to come. The cutter is a classic type of sleigh many people associate with old-fashioned Currier & Ives illustrations.

Pictured with the sleigh are MAC’s museum educators who portray, from left: Dr. Emlen Physick (Robert Heinly), the Cape May Lighthouse Keeper (David Yeager), John Philip Sousa (Rich Chiemingo), Dr. Physick’s mother Mrs. Ralston (Audrey Conant) and his Aunt Emilie Parmentier (Barbara Lamont).