THE GIFT SHOPPE
At Rippavilla Plantation
Located on an antique table in the north side of our shoppe is our tribute to the oldest daughter of the Cheairs family, Jenny. While she was a student at the Nashville Female Academy, a photo was taken of her holding a Christmas orange. Back then, citrus fruit had to endure a lengthy train ride to Tennessee all the way from Florida! Oranges were expensive treats, so they were the perfect holiday gift.
Visit us to learn more about Jenny's life pre and post- Civil War, and enjoy some orange goodness- without making the trip to Florida!
From the 1850s to the early 1900s, celery was a rare and expensive vegetable that required a lot of care to cultivate. Cooks cleaned and scraped raw stalks, then put them in cold water in tall glass vases. This style of preparation and presentation in expensive celery vases was a symbol of prestige and confirmed a family's upper-class status. Production of these peculiar vases subsided by the beginning of the 20th century as the presentation style of celery changed to serving the vegetable on flat dishes. The prestige of owning celery vases declined as manufacturers began to mass produce the objects. Agricultural advances leading to easier-to-grow varieties of celery also made the vegetable less prestigious. Today, these beautiful glass creations have been repurposed into holding flowers, silverware, breadsticks, etc.
Come and see our wide variety of antique celery vases available in our gift shoppe!