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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.

April 7, 2018 Taking Tea with John Rankin

Tea is one of the most popular drinks in the world and has an interesting history.  Hear details of tea’s travel from China to Europe and North America.  Then indulge in a light buffet and Ann Hanby’s Rose Tea.  During their time in Westerville, the Hanby family was involved in the illegal activity of helping escaped slaves move northward to freedom.  Following the tea buffet, fellow abolitionist John Rankin (portrayed by Ron St. Pierre) of Ripley, Ohio will share his views on slavery and his experiences in the anti-slavery movement.

June 9, 2018  Taking Tea with Mary Elizabeth Bowser

How did tea make it from Asia to Europe to the colonies of North America?  And does one hold out the pinkie when drinking tea?  Learn the history of tea and proper tea etiquette before being served fresh tea by ladies in period costumes and partaking of a tasty buffet.  Then hear a presentation by Mary Elizabeth Bowser (portrayed by Revonne Hammond).  Mary was born into slavery about 1839 in Virginia.  She lives in the northern-sympathizing Van Lew household of Richmond.  She'll share her experiences as a slave in the South working as a spy for the North.

August 11, 2018 Taking Tea with President Lincoln SOLD OUT. You can still get on a Wait List. If anyone cancels you may get that seat.

Why do some tea cups have no handles?   How does placement on one’s tea spoon indicate no refill is wanted?  What did America contribute to the world of tea enjoyment? Learn the answers to these questions and more before indulging in some finger foods (including chocolate!) on the tea buffet.  Then President Lincoln (as portrayed by Robert Brugler) will share about life in the White House.

October 13, 2018 Taking Tea with Harriet Tubman

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

    “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 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

December 4, 2018 Christmas Open House

December 8, 2018 Christmas Open House