FREMONT – Built in 1873, the Hayes Presidential Center’s Dillon House is one of Fremont’s finest original Victorian homes. Although not open for tours, the general public can view this magnificent house by attending one of the Dillon House Victorian Teas.
These monthly special events re-create the atmosphere of afternoon tea – a favorite pastime in the 19th century. Dillon House Victorian Teas are held from 1 to 3 p.m. the first Wednesday of the month from April through November. In addition, special Children’s Teas are offered in June, July and August (noted by an asterisk below). The cost is $20/adult, $12/children. Advance reservation is required.
Tea guests are treated to tea sandwiches, tea sweets, tea, live piano music, tours of the Dillon House and a featured performer. Since their tables are reserved for the afternoon, guests can wander across the street for a stroll through Rutherford B. Hayes’ beautiful Spiegel Grove estate.
The 2009 season of Dillon House Victorian Teas includes
April 1 – tea leaf readings by Retha Martin
May 6 – “19th Century Mourning Attire” by JoMarie Soszynski
June 3 – storytelling by Barb Sutton
June 10* – Victorian games with the Mirandas
July 1 – acoustic guitar music by Dave Lester
July 8* – a visit by Mrs. Lincoln, in the person of Sheri Manthei
Aug. 5 – a visit by First Lady Lucretia Garfield, in the person of Barb Sutton
Aug. 12* – storytelling by Barb Sutton
Sept. 2 – harp music by Karen Svanoe Westgate
Oct. 7 – dulcimer music by Karri Danner
Nov. 4 - tea leaf readings by Retha Martin
For more information or reservations call 419-322-2081 (in Fremont) or 800-998-PRES (out of town).
The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center is located at the corner of Hayes and Buckland avenues, Fremont. The facility is affiliated with the Ohio Historical Society. Visit www.rbhayes.org for a complete list of year-round special events.