“Didn’t I Have a Good Time” -Young Victorian Life through the Eyes of Tracy Merriman


This exhibit brings to life the diary of Tracy Merriman, Ella Sharp’s younger brother. From 1876 until 1879, Tracy recorded his thoughts in a simple notebook. Tracy’s descriptions of family time, everyday chores, traveling, social gatherings, and drama in romantic relationships will be illuminated through 19th-century objects and photographs. Visitors will get a glimpse into the days of a young man living in Victorian-era Jackson. 

"As a history major at Spring Arbor University, this exhibit serves as my senior capstone project. Interpreting Tracy’s diary with the help of the Ella Staff over the past few months has been an exciting honor for me. There is so much to learn about Tracy’s life in the Merriman-Sharp farmhouse, and I am delighted to introduce him through this exhibit."

-Heather Lehman, Exhibit Curator

This exhibit is in Ella's Farmhouse and can be seen as a part of our daily house tours. Join us on Tuesdays in June and July for Tracy Sharp themed tours of the historic farmhouse, with a chance to see this unique exhibit at the end of the tour.