The May Tea High Tea at the Glebe House Museum and Gertrude Jeykll Garden on Hollow Road in Woodbury is perfect for gourmands that enjoy delicious goodies, a spot of tea in a beautiful garden, or inside this wonderfully preserved historic house museum that dates to the 1600s. The May Tea @ The Glebe House is a high-style afternoon tea on Sunday, May 15 (with a rain date of May 22) from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
In order to make everyone comfortable, guests have an option of where they want to sit. It is not an easy choice. Guests can choose between sitting in the fresh air in the famous Jeykll Garden, the only one in existence in the United States, or in one of the most historic and authentically appointed house museums in New England. Harney and Sons Teas will be served with a fine haberdashery of delightful bites, sweets, sandwiches, and other goodies.
In the 19th-century drinking tea was only enjoyed by the upper echelons of society. High tea originated in 1840 with the Duchess of Bedford that shared her guilty pleasure of enjoying tea and snacks a few hours before dinner, with a friend, that told a friend, setting a trend that would evolve to become a national tradition in the United Kingdom.
Today, of course, tea can be enjoyed by everyone, but high tea is something special, perhaps a nod to when things were not so complicated. The afternoon tea party has been a spring signature event of the Glebe House for several years and has grown in popularity every year. This particular event is especially meaningful at the Glebe House because it relates to its connection to British horticulture and church history.
Advanced tickets and registration is required. Tickets are $35 per person and can be purchased here. All proceeds go to the maintenance and restoration of this historic Connecticut gem.