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Events Updated 9/29/18

Events for Guests


Space is available for small group events in Shoemaker House, our welcome center. E-mail for information at hanbyhouse@yahoo.com


Listed below are special events planned for Hanby House


Hanby House Teas:

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"Tea, though ridiculed by those who are naturally coarse in their nervouse sensibilities...will always be the favoured beverage of the intellectual." Thomas de Quincey, English author (1795-1859)


Hanby House offers teas to the intellectual..and the coarse!

Teas begin with a presentation on the history of tea and instruction in proper tea etiquette for the Victorian lady and gentleman. Guests are then invited to serve themselves from our tea buffet of savory, sweet, dessert and chocolate foods. Costumed hostesses will serve tea at each table. Following the buffet is a brief program of historical interest. Hanby House is then open for a tour.

All teas are scheduled on Saturdays from 10AM to 12PM. Cost is $20 ($18 for Ohio History Connection Members) per person. No refunds after the Saturday before the scheduled tea. Teas are not recommended for Children. Reservations will be taken starting Feb. 1, 2018. To make reservations for any of the teas call 614 891-6289.

October 13, 2018 Taking Tea with Harriet Tubman SOLD OUT. You can still get on a Wait List. If anyone cancels you may get that seat.

Tea history and etiquette are served to guests before being served our special Ann Hanby Rose Tea.  Indulge in tea sandwiches and chocolates while chatting with other guests.  Then Dr. Annette Jefferson brings the diminutive Harriet Tubman of the Underground Railroad to life.  Be an eye witness at the dedication opening of her home for Colored elderly.  Hear why she was “Moses” to slaves, “General Tubman” to John Brown and reviled by slaveholders seeking her capture.  Learn of Tubman’s Civil War service as Union scout, nurse and spy.  Experience Tubman’s courageous exploits, the bittersweet victories and final battles of one woman who gave so much to so many.

December 1, 2018 Taking Tea with Clement Clark Moore SOLD OUT.

    “Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
                                   Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;”…

There are no lines in American literature that immediately evoke all the innocence of childhood more than these. Written some 196 years ago by an eminent theologian and oriental scholar, come by and hear the inspiration behind Clement Clark Moore’s beloved poem. Moore will be portrayed by Ron St. Pierre.  Guests will also hear the story of Ben Hanby’s Christmas song “Santa Claus,” known today as “Up on the Housetop.”  Tea buffet is served in addition to the interesting stories of the origins of two holiday classics.



Other Popular Events:

November 17, 2018 Picture an Old Fashioned Christmas

Reservations are now being taken for Picture an Old-Fashioned Christmas on Saturday, November 17 for seatings between 12 and 4:30.  The cost is $30 ($27 for OHC members) for up to 8 people per seating. The Hanby parlor will be decorated for the holidays.  Visitors can wear their own holiday finery or use period costumes provided by Hanby House and have their photos taken by a professional photographer.  Photos are saved to a flashdrive and visitors take them home the same day.  To make your reservation or for more information call 614-891-6289 or email hanbyhouse@yahoo.com.


December 4, 2018 and December 8 2018 Christmas Open Houses

The video "From Servitude to Service" will be shown on the hour and half hour. Cookies and hot cider will be served. Admission to the event is $3 per adult, $2.50 seniors and OHC adult members, $1 ages 5 to 17

Tuesday, December 4, Hanby House will be open from 6:30PM to 9:00PM.  Live reindeer will be in the backyard from 6:30 to 8:30.  MEEK quartet will entertain in the parlor from 7:00 to 9:00.

Saturday, December 8, Hanby House will be open from 10:00AM to 4:00PM.  Entertaining in the parlor are:  Gary Puckett (10:30-12:00), Steve and Lisa Ball (12:30-2:00), and Messiah Ringers (2:30-4:00).