Special Events


The museum offers special events throughout the calendar year to include afternoon teas, lectures, literary programs, community partnerships, craft shows, and more. Please check our schedule of events below every few months as it is updated seasonally.


A Fashionable Summer
“Set wide the window, let me drink the day.” – Edith Wharton, Vesalius in Zante

Harrison Fischer “The American Girl in France” c. 1910


Bid Adieu to Girlish Days”: Weddings Gowns of a Bygone Era

June 1st – July 27th

Visit the museum anytime in June and July to view our special wedding exhibit featuring items from Hunter family collection and generous donors.

Opening Reception for Museum Members: Friday, June 1st at 7 PM, Free

Summer Tea Series

Language of Fans Tea

Saturday, June 2nd       2 PM                $25 Members/$30 Not-yet Members

Delve into the secret language of fans used by Victorians for everything from flirting to shunning. Enjoy sweets, savories, and tea as well as a decorative fan to take home.    (Held in the museum garden, weather permitting)


Masquerade Tea 

Sunday, July 29th         2 PM                $25 Members/$30 Not-yet Members

Wear your best mask to this afternoon tea celebrating the art of fashion and deception. Feathers and beads encouraged, but not required.


A Passage to India Tea

Saturday, August 25th                2 PM                $30 Members/$35 Not-yet Members

Celebrate the flavors of India at this afternoon tea highlighting the country’s exotic foods.


Three Cheers to 30 Years!

Help us celebrate our thirtieth anniversary as a museum by attending one of our popular past events, reimagined.


19th Century Fashion Show

Saturday, June 23rd     11 AM             $50 per person

The fashion event of the season! Support the museum at this fashion show and luncheon held at the Freemason Abbey Restaurant.

Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/19th-century-fashion-show-and-luncheon-tickets-44948824143?aff=efbeventtix


Hunter’s Anniversary Tea

Saturday, July 14th      2 PM                $25 Members/$30 Not-yet Members

Help us honor the legacy of James and Lizzie Hunter at this afternoon tea. Cake and bubbly, too!


Old Fashioned Ice Cream Social

Saturday, August 11th             11 AM             Free for Members/$5 Not-yet Members

Syrup, and sprinkles, and whipped cream, oh my! Enjoy an afternoon in our garden with ice cream and classic toppings. Children welcome!

Long Live the Merry Heart: Songs of Fashion and Frivolity

Friday, June 15th                        7 PM                   Free for Members/$10 for Not-yet Members

Join classical vocalist Rebecca Evans in a musical journey of parlor and music hall songs from the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Local historian Joshua Weinstein will provide interludes on fashion and society in the Victorian era.

A Summer Evening’s Series

$10 Members/ $15 Not-yet members

Select Thursday evenings at 7 PM in the parlor; join us for readings, songs, and refreshments focused on literary figures and their contribution to 19th century culture.

June 21st- Edith Wharton

July 19th- Oscar Wilde

August 16th- E. M. Forster



Story-time with the Governess

Spend Thursday mornings at 11 am in our garden for a story time with the Governess.

Story time is always free and we welcome children of all ages and abilities.

(Excludes the week of July 4th)


A Note on Tea Events: We regret that due to the size and nature of our facility, we are unable to provide accommodations for dietary needs or restrictions. All menus are set for each event and cannot be changed. Should you wish to attend one of our teas and bring your own food from home while partaking in our tea beverage service and event atmosphere, we can offer a discounted price of $15 for such occasions. Please make this request at the time you make your reservations.

Our teas typically include scones with jam or curd, three sweet items, three savory items, and our signature hot tea- Miss Eloise’s afternoon tea, which is a black tea with Jasmine. We do not offer additional tea options as we are not a restaurant or tea house and these special tea programs are designed with set menus. You are welcome to bring tea bags from home if you require decaffeinated options; we are happy to provide you with hot water, sugar, milk, and lemon as needed.

If you have additional questions about our tea menus or service, please call the museum at 623-9814.