Tea party brightens dreary February day
By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Franklin - posted Mon., Feb. 25, 2013
For several years, the Friends of the Dr. Ashbel Woodward House have held a tea party at the museum. Past events have taken place in the spring. “This year, we had such a good time during our holiday event that I guess we wanted to do something else,” said Irene Morgan Mihok, a member of the museum Board of Directors, president of the Franklin Historical Society and president of Friends of the Museum. So this year’s tea party was held on Feb. 23.
Visitors arrived to partake of a menu put together by museum friend Marianne Grybowski, consisting of a variety of finger sandwiches, including open-face sockeye salmon and cream cheese spread, and chicken-walnut salad and dried cranberries. Desserts, provided by other “friends,” included short bread and Russian tea cakes. And, of course, there was tea.
The home’s original owner, Dr. Ashbel Woodward, and his wife, Emmiline, would likely have held many such teas during their 55 years in the house. In addition to serving as the town physician, Woodward was a noted local historian, antiquarian, Civil War veteran and author. The museum seeks to preserve the history of the town and the house, “and bring the community together through the events that we’ve been doing,” said Morgan Mihok.
For community events, museum friends decorate the house with items loaned by members of the community. The tea party featured tea service settings, tea pots, dolls and a collection of dainty hats. “We leave things on display for a week or two after the event,” said Morgan Mihok.
The Dr. Ashbel Woodward House Museum has a Civil War event planned for the weekend of May 18. Plans are still being finalized, but will be advertised as the weekend draws closer.