Tea party to raise funds, draw attention to MW’s Lloyd House

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By Alex Wimsatt

 MOUNT WASHINGTON - What little girl doesn’t love to play tea party?

On Saturday, Sept. 29, the Mount Washington Historical Society will give little girls and women of all ages the chance to partake in a real tea party at the 19th-century Lloyd House Museum in Mount Washington. 

Event organizer Melissa Thompson said teas have become popular in recent years and with the history of tea dating centuries before it became synonymous with Great Britain, she thought it was the perfect event for the historical society to host.

And as someone who has hosted several teas for various organizations, Thompson said the Lloyd House, which is one of only three buildings in the city listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is the perfect back drop for the occasion.

“I thought it would be a great event to hold at the Lloyd House,” she said. “I think it’s going to be a lot of fun.”

Proceeds from the event will go to the historical society for the restoration of the once neglected Lloyd House, which has become one of the best preserved 19th-century structures in the city, thanks to the historical society’s efforts.

While much of the major restoration work has been done over the past couple of years, including a new roof, fresh coats of paint, a completely rebuilt bathroom and the installation of a new HVAC system, Thompson said there’s still work to be done.

Now the historical society is focusing on replacing the roof over the 20th-century addition on the back of the original house. 

Thompson said the addition has sustained extensive water damage due to the leaky roof and while most of the damage has been repaired, a new roof is needed to avoid further damage.

The historical society is hoping to have the roof replaced before Christmas. Asked where the restoration project is at this point, Thompson said. “It’s really very close to being done.”

“The house is really coming along as far as being able to open on a regular basis,” she said.

As for the tea party, Thompson said she’s looking forward to welcoming guests to the historic home. 

Guests will not only enjoy their tea with six courses of finger foods, such as sandwiches, cupcakes, tarts, cookies and fresh fruit all served on china, there will also be a short presentation on the history of tea and many of the customs associated with it.

Ladies will also learn proper etiquette and receive an in-depth, guided tour of the Lloyd House.

“This is the first time we’ve hosted anything like this and if it’s successful we’re considering making it a monthly event,” she said. “We’ll see how this goes.”

The tea begins at 2 p.m. at the Lloyd House just south of the intersection of Highway 44 East and Old Bardstown Road. 

Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 12 and under. Space is limited. For reservations call Melissa Thompson at 538-0515.

The Mount Washington Historical Society is a non-profit organization driven by volunteers dedicated to maintaining and preserving the city’s history and historic places.  

For information about the organization’s mission and its efforts, how to make a donation or how to get involved, visit mtwashingtonhistory.org.