Abraham Series postcards, “Rydal Mount” and “Wordsworth’s Grave/Grasmere,” c. 1900

These late-Victorian postcards depict prominent landmarks of “Wordsworth Country.” The Wordsworth family, including Dorothy, moved from Grasmere to Rydal Mount (two miles to the south) in 1813. Dorothy lived here for 42 years until her death in 1855 at the age of eighty-four. She continued her travels and writings, including her 1818 “Excursion up Scawfell Pike,” later published in William’s Guide to the Lakes, until ailments debilitated her mind and body. Despite her discomfort and dementia, William’s poems and her memories brought her joy. As she wrote in her “Thoughts on my Sick-Bed,” “–I thought of Nature’s loveliest scenes, / And with Memory I was there.” Dorothy was buried near her brother in Grasmere.

Contributed by Chelsey Clay