System - Event Management
December 14, 2019
Time: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Sutherlin Mansion Holiday High Tea

40 tickets available for each session

Tea &Tour

(Tours of the Mansion will be available by docents before and after the tea. We also have an audio tour for those who would like to tour solo)


Date: Saturday December 14

Time: Two Sessions

11am – 1pm

2pm – 4pm

Where: Museum Auditorium

Ticket Price: $28.00 ($25 for Museum Members)

Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History

975 Main Street, Danville, VA 24541




About:   Tea service at the Sutherlin Mansion transports you to a time when mid-day was meant for relaxing. In the midst of holiday madness, put on a beautiful hat, leave your cares behind and enjoy the Sutherlin Mansion’s historical setting and give yourself the time to indulge in a cup of tea, while nibbling on freshly baked scones, finger sandwiches and pastries. This is the perfect mother daughter/ Grandparent grand child/ Best Friend/ Corporate & Business getaway for the busy holiday season.


After being seated, guests will be greeted by three different flavored aromatic teapots and a three-tiered serving tray with delectable treats. Not only is this a great way for tea drinkers to enjoy a relaxed atmosphere, but it also offers a time to catch up with conversations and reconnect with friends, family and business colleagues in a different way.


The History behind High Tea

In an article written by Pamela Foster, a culinary business development executive, but also a culinary historian and author, she states:

“Traditionally, afternoon tea is served between 3p.m. and 6p.m. an ideal time for a break. The ritual of afternoon tea dates back to the 1800’s when Anna, the Seventh Duchess of Bedford, a close friend of Queen Victoria, is reputed to have complained of having a sinking feeling during late afternoon. Queen Victoria heard about her afternoon tea and it became a social event.”


Kerri Sholly, of the Four Seasons Hotel in Austin, says that many mistakenly use the term  ‘afternoon tea’ and ‘high tea’ interchangeably, assuming the latter refers to the status of those who partake. But, this is a mistake – high tea was served around 6 p.m. and usually consisted of a full dinner meal for commoners after they finished work for the day. The name ‘high tea’ was derived from the tables that were usually associated with this meal (often people stood for the meal). The elite usually took their tea at low tables found in elaborate parlors and sitting rooms. The traditional English afternoon tea is served on a three-tier stand. The top tier holds scones and seasonal breads, the middle, sandwiches and savories; the bottom sweets.


(Taken from an article written by Andrea Doyle/ December 01, 2015 for MEETING STATEGIES blog.)



 So if you are highbrow, or lowbrow or just a tea lover. This is an event for you. Dress up or dress down but come and make time stand still - even if just for a short period of time. Rejuvenate and relax during the busy holiday season.



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