Historic Faux Food

The Collections Department produced new faux food to enhance the current interpretation in the Hermitage mansion. Each piece was made using non-toxic materials and based on recipes and images from historical cookbooks, such as The Virginia Housewife (1824) and Seventy-Five Receipts, for Pastry, Cakes, and Sweetmeats (1828). Our “recipes” were also influenced by the work of Sandy Levins of historicfauxfoods.com. From cakes to candy, these new additions will bring the Jackson family Christmas stories to life.


Tennessee Association of Museums Award for faux food
Curator, Ashley Bouknight; Curatorial Aide, Raechel Willis 2017 Tennessee Association of Museums Award of Commendation Faux Food: Christmas in Alfred’s Cabin


In April of 2017, our department produced several pieces for the Whitney Plantation in Louisiana. The new items were installed in the site’s kitchen and family dining room.

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