Frank and Bonnie Orlando portray Robert E. Lee and Mary Lee at the Lightner Farmhouse Bed and Breakfast in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, on June 15, 2019. (Shenghua Sung/The Epoch Times)
GETTYSBURG, Pa.—Bonnie Orlando has always loved to play dress up, in part for the beautiful fashions, and in part to play the role of somebody else for a little while. Her favorite pieces are from eras past; she finds vintage dresses more beautiful and dignified than the dress of today.
It was this love for vintage fashion that led Bonnie and her husband to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, to live as living historians.
Bonnie and her husband, Frank, had a home in Kutztown, Pennsylvania. They raised three children who grew up and moved away. Both educators, she taught German and he taught English before working as a high school principal for 26 years, but they both had a passion for history. As it happens, Gettysburg was less than two hours away.
“I said, ‘All I want is a nice dress to walk up and down the streets and have fun,'” Bonnie told The Epoch Times in the Lightner Farmhouse Bed and Breakfast on June 15.
With the thought of...
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