Victorian ladies tea slated at historic Elmwood

The mistress of Elmwood, Anita Wszolek, and the ladies of the Monroe Garden Club will host a Victorian Ladies Tea on Saturday, Aug. 27, from 3-4 p.m. at the historic Elmwood Estate in conjunction with the Monroe County Heritage Days “War Comes to Union” Living History Event.
The ladies tea will be a special event, set with the finest china, silver and linen. Attendees will sample finger sandwiches, tea cakes, and fresh fruit, while being served teas and punch in the elegantly restored parlor and surroundings of Elmwood.
The guest speaker to be portrayed at the tea will be Dr. Francis Peyre Porcher, from Charleston, SC. Porcher was a physician and surgeon in the Confederate Army and author of “Resources of the Southern Fields and Forests.” Period Victorian dress is required. Seating is limited, so please register early.
The magnificent mansion of Elmwood was built around 1836 and attributed to William B. Phillips, the accomplished brick mason who worked with Thomas Jefferson on the University of Virginia. The mansion was constructed in the Jeffersonian Classic Revival style with red bricks fired on site and tall white columns supporting the second floor verandah balcony. Elmwood is one of West Virginia’s most illustrious homes and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
For more information about the living history event, visit the Monroe County Heritage Days WV website: To register for the ladies tea, please visit the registration page. A registration fee of $10 a person is requested.
For additional information and questions about the ladies tea, please contact: Chris W. Johnson at 304-772-4712 or e-mail, or Anita Wszolek at 304-206-2332 or e-mail:


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