Perrin Cottage Perfumery
Rebecca Suerdieck specializes in recreating and demonstrating traditional skills from past times.
Little by little, her research and experiments have continued, as she created a unique niche for herself: the production of all-natural fragrances from flowers. This technique was in common use by Virginia women during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.
She leads Garden Distilling Demonstrations and hosts workshops on Natural Perfumery, singing the praises of “floral waters” to anyone who will listen.
made the Old-Fashioned Way
* All Natural
* Organically Grown
* Historically Accurate
* Locally Sourced
& Natural Fragrances
Scents from the 17th, 18th and 19th century
are researched and recreated
combining the best of
the Old World & the New World.
2023 Public Demonstration Schedule
April 15 - Adam Thoroughgood House, Virginia Beach
April 16+17 - Westover Plantation, Charles City County
April 18 - Colonial Williamsburg: Virginia Garden Week
April 22 - Patrick Henry's Scotchtown, Hanover County
June 23 - Agecroft Hall, Richmond
June 24 - Dorey Park Farmer's Market
July 4 - Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest
July 21 - Agecroft Hall, Richmond
August 18 - Agecroft Hall, Richmond
November 5 - Berkeley Thanksgiving Festival
Charles City County
November 24 - Frontier Culture Museum
... more dates being added soon ...
I have regular demonstrations
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Rebecca Suerdieck distilling roses at Agecroft Hall.
Garden Distilling Demonstrations can be brought to your Location!
Demonstrations can be done outdoors
in a garden setting over a fire (or camp stove) -
or indoors in a classroom setting.
Rebecca brings all materials, supplies, and instruction, ready to entertain your Guests, instruct your group,
and make your space smell heavenly!
National Park Service
Williamsburg Farmer's Market
Road Scholar (Elderhostel)
Patrick Henry's Scotchtown
Thomas Jefferson's Monticello
Henricus Historic Park
Chippokes State Park
Claude Moore Farm
Williamsburg Garden Club
Maymont Herbs Galore & More
Virginia Garden Week
Rising Sun Tavern, Fredericksburg
Bruton Parish Church, Williamsburg
Historic St. Luke's Church
Norfolk Botanical Garden