The couple met in Washington, D.C.
WARREN -- A wedding re-enactment of the marriage of Harriet Taylor and George Upton will begin at 6:30 p.m. July 9 in First Presbyterian Church.
Taylor was the city's national celebrity at the turn of the century. She lived with her widowed father, Judge Ezra Taylor, at the Mahoning Avenue home in 1871 when they bought it from the Perkins family.
In 1880, she went to Washington, D.C., to serve as hostess and companion to her father, who was a congressman.
During this time, she became well-known in Washington's social circles. Through her Washington connections, she became a close friend of Susan B. Anthony of the Women's Suffrage Movement and met her future husband.
Upton was a native of Portland, Ore., and the son of a judge. He attended West Point Military Academy and was working for the war department in Washington when he met Taylor. He moved to Warren after graduating from Columbia Law School and practiced as a patent attorney. The couple had a two-year engagement and were wed July 9, 1884 at Christ's Church in Warren.
The re-enactment will mark the 118th anniversary of the wedding. A garden reception at the Upton House will follow the ceremony. Sue Stoddart, a member of the Upton board, will make a reproduction of the wedding dress.
Seating is limited and invitations to the event will first be issued to members of the Upton Association. If seats are available, invitations will be sent to people who have registered by phone to be placed on a master waiting list. To have your name added to the list, call Sandy at (330) 847-7552.
Donations for the re-enactment are $50 per person with proceeds to benefit the Upton Association's Bicentennial Women's Walk on city hall property.
Those who can't attend the ceremony may watch the wedding entourage as it leaves the church and proceeds down Mahoning Avenue to the Upton gardens.