13 August 2014

Le Petite Patisserie holds monthly teas at Lancaster's Historic Preservation Trust

Le Petite Patisserie has scheduled several upcoming monthly teas at Lancaster's Historic Preservation Trust. English High Teas have proven to be a perfect fit for the house where Andrew Ellicott taught Meriwether Lewis navigational skills in 1803, prior to the Lewis & Clark Expedition.

“The house and its courtyard make such a beautiful and historic setting for teas,” said Donna Lussier, owner of La Petite Patisserie and hostess for the teas. “We are very pleased to be in partnership with the Historic Preservation Trust to expand what we started in May.”

The themed monthly teas are scheduled for:
September 20 – Afternoon Tea at the Trust
October 19 – Breast Cancer Awareness Tea
November 15 – Downton Abbey Tea
December 13 – Tea with Santa (children’s tea)
December 14 – Holiday High Tea (adult tea)

Click HERE for information about tea times, seatings, pricing and reservations.

The English Duchess of Bedford Anna Maria Stanhope (1783-1857) is said to have started the tradition of Teas as a social gathering for her friends. Typical tea fare includes finger-sized sandwiches, scones and a selection of cakes.

“A variety of teas make the occasion relaxing and enjoyable. A great way to spend an afternoon with friends,” Lussier said.

The building which houses the Historic Preservation Trust at 123 North Prince Street was built in 1787 by Gottlieb Sehner. Secretary of the Land Office of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Andrew Ellicott, a well known surveyor, used the house as his office from 1801 to 1813. In 1803, President Thomas Jefferson instructed U. S. Army Captain Meriwether Lewis to meet Ellicott there to learn how to use the compass, sextant and chronometer. Once instructed by Ellicott, Lewis then departed on what history would call the Lewis & Clark Expedition.

The Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County was founded in 1966 to “stem the rapid destruction of historic properties in Lancaster County.” The Trust's mission is to encourage and facilitate historic preservation countywide. It is a member-supported, 501(c)3 non-profit organization located in the historic Sehner-Ellicott-von Hess House (1787) at 123 North Prince Street in downtown Lancaster. Visit www.hptrust.org for additional information.

This was provided as a press release from the Historic Preservation Trust.

Tea setting - Dreamstime
Sehner-Ellicott-von Hess House  - Historic Preservation Trust
Locations listed are located in Pennsylvania (USA), unless otherwise noted in post.