Maggie Prichard Herlensky presented a fascinating program on “Ladies Ride Side Saddle” at the Waw-wil-a-way DAR meeting May 4.
Herlensky displayed three side saddles, one possibly dating to the Civil War. She documented the history of ladies riding side saddle back to Catherine De’ Medici, queen of France from 1547 to 1559. Riding side saddle began out of necessity if a lady needed to travel and roads were too treacherous for a carriage. Getting on and off the horse was a challenge as the ladies’ dresses were made of many yards of fabric.
The meeting and program were held at the home of Judy Bennett Hornsby. Members and guests were served a delicious luncheon by Hornsby, Emma Lerch and Jane Stowers.
Janet Florence, chaplain, installed the newest member, Vicki Ryan Knauff.
The chapter will be working with the Highlanders of the Sons of the American Revolution, the Highland County Historical Society and the Southern Ohio Genealogy Society on some summer projects. On June 1, the Waw-wil-a-way ladies will travel to Ripley to tour the John Parker House, which was owned by a slave who bought his freedom and helped other slaves to freedom.
Submitted by Jane Stowers.