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Events for Guests


Listed below are special events planned for Hanby House


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


Hanby 2017 Teas:

"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! There are four teas scheduled in 2017 that are open to the public. (See below) We also can arrange private teas for groups of 8 to 20.

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.

The entire tea takes about 2 hours. Costs can vary but range from $15 to $25 per person. Teas are held in Shoemaker House which is to the rear of the Hanby House at 160 West Main Street. There is limited parking on site with additional on-street parking nearby. These teas are not recommended for children.

Reservations are confirmed with full payment, refundable up to 7 days before the event. E-mail to reserve your seat or for more information, or call 800-600-6843.


Sat. Apr. 8 - Taking Tea with Major Pauline Cushman 10am to 12pm. $20/person

Listen as Major Pauline Cushman (as portrayed by Valerie Hamill) shares stories of her daring deeds as a Yankee spy behind Confederate lines. The first known female military veteran, Cushman was promoted to Major in the U.S. Cavalry by President Lincoln. Afterwards, stroll through Hanby House, home of Abolitionists.


Sat. Jun. 10 - Taking Tea with John Parker 10am to 12pm. $20/person

John Parker (as portrayed by Anthony Gibbs) shares stories of his daring deeds as a black conductor on the Underground Railroad. Learn of his life in slavery and how he purchased his feedom. Afterwards, take a stroll through Hanby House, a site on the Underground Railroad.


Sat. Aug. 19 - Tea and Tunes with Steve and Lisa Ball 10am to 12pm. $20/person

Tap your toes to songs popular during the Civil War and learn their back stories. Steve and Lisa Ball perform in costume and share amusing and moving stories about the music our ancestors enjoyed--including Benjamin Hanby's song "Darling Nelly Gray." Enter Hanby House to see where the Bishop Hanby's family lived from 1854 to 1870.


Sat. Oct. 14 - Taking Tea with Mrs. Lincoln 10am to 12pm. $20/person

Mary Todd Lincoln (presented by Barbara Brugler) will present stories from her childhood in Lexington, her move to Springfield (where she met her husband Abraham) and a bit about their arrival in Washington City. Brugler has presented Mary Lincoln in several states over the past 5 years including Gettysburg, PA and Mananass, VA.



Hanby House is recognized by:

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Friends of Freedom

The United Methodist Church as a Heritage Landmark

National Park Service as a Network to Freedom Site

National Register of Historic Places