Escape the inevitable hustle and bustle that comes with preparing for the holiday season by indulging with a friend or two in the ambiance of Historic Hanna’s Town. Sample delicious fare and learn about the popularity and social role tea, coffee, and chocolate played in early America.
The annual “Fall Tea” will be served, in the Klingensmith House on Saturday, November 15th. Full tea includes savories, scones, sweets and pastries, and of course, tea.
“Three Centuries of Coffee and Chocolate in America” will be presented on Saturday, November 22nd. Guests will meet in Hanna’s Tavern for a sampling and a brief history of the beverages. Heartier fare will be served in the Klingensmith House, and dessert in the Museum Shop.
Seatings for the tea and coffee are scheduled at 11:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Each reservation costs $20 per person. Space is limited and advance booking is a must. Please call 724-532-1935 x215 for reservations.
Hot, ‘stimulating’ beverages like tea, coffee and chocolate were first introduced to Europeans in the early 1600s. These drinks were exotic and prohibitively expensive for everyone but the elite. It was primarily the aristocracy who could afford the ingredients, refined sugar, and special equipment, as well as the leisure time needed to enjoy these beverages. By the 18th century these hot drinks were enjoyed by the broad spectrum of society. In America, the popularity of coffee and chocolate increased during the Revolutionary War when many boycotted English products like tea.
The Hanna’s Town Shop will be open from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Many regularly stocked items will be on sale and special stocking stuffers and holiday gifts will be available. Visit our web site at www.westmorelandhistory.org and follow our activities on the Westmoreland County Historical Society Facebook page, and on Twitter @WCHistory.