Prior to my camera debacle at the Carrie Underwood concert on campus Sunday, I was having the most fabulous time at another long-time Bozeman establishment – a holiday Victorian tea party at the Story Mansion.
The Story Mansion has long-time roots in shaping the history of Bozeman. Built in 1910 by the Story family, this relic was sold after World War I and housed the pledges of Sigma Alpha Epsilon for 80 years. Recently undergoing major restoration after being purchased by the city, the Story Mansion is a perfect example of a reawakened treasure from an era gone by.
In the entire state of Montana, only three full-block historic mansions exist, and the Story is one of them. The Friends of the Story – a group dedicated to preserving this priceless landmark – hosted their second annual Christmas Tea at the mansion – and in a word, it was a lovely afternoon. It was also my first visit inside.
Trust me, if you live in Bozeman, you’ll want to make time for this event next year.
Each room on the main floor of the Story Mansion was set up for a tea party. All of the linens and china were on loan for the event.
The Library was reserved for the local Girl Scouts.
They even got their own private tour with a historian.
…and there was festive, holiday music to accompany our fine tea party…
I especially loved this sweet and simple tea set.
It was time for us to find our table, and take our seat. The tea party was about to begin!
Our lovely hostesses, dressed in period attire, came around offering various blends of tea, all served from vintage tea pots.
While we were enjoying finger-sandwiches, sweets and tea, The Friends of the Story historians meandered from table to table offering insight into the mansion and answering any questions.
This historian and her baby were both dressed in attire from the early turn of the century. I loved that Baby Hannah looked like an old-fashioned baby. I am fairly certain the folks at Gerber used a replica similar to Hannah for their first logo.
The afternoon was wrapped up by some jovial holiday music, and some hearty and spunky dancing.
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