Museum to offer Colonial Holiday Tea

Museum volunteers dressed in 18th century clothing serve guests at AIM's Colonial Holiday Tea.

EXETER —On December 7 and 14, the American Independence Museum will host a Colonial Holiday Tea, an event for all ages that takes place in Folsom Tavern (ca. 1775), decorated for the holidays.

At the event, guests will enjoy assorted teas, finger sandwiches, scones, cakes and tarts provided by colonial inspired caterers For the Love of Food and Drink.

“This is a relaxed, festive tea perfect for all ages,” said the museum’s Victoria Su, event organizer.

Seatings for Colonial Holiday Tea are 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on Sat., December 7 and December 14. Each seating is two hours long and will be more rustic than a traditional Victorian or high tea. Built in 1775, Folsom Tavern once welcomed George Washington, who visited Exeter in 1789.

“This is a chance to experience history and a very festive event in a beautifully restored historic tavern,” added Su. “It’s a lot of fun.”

The event also provides opportunities for guests to make colonial crafts, which include mulling spices and lavender sachets, while children can try quill pen writing or write letters to Santa.

Su added, “We also have a pop-up gift shop with unique holiday gifts.”

Pre-registration is required. To purchase tickets, or to learn more about Colonial Holiday Tea or other events in the museum’s Ring in the Season series, visit

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