On Saturday, November 9th, Belle Grove Plantation hosted the Victorian Ladies Society for an afternoon of tea and tours.
What a sight they were to see in their finest as they approached the grand mansion!
I could almost see days gone by as ladies during the Turner Family period would have hosted such gatherings.
Our Afternoon Tea was served in the Formal Dining Room on plates and cups that many of you have seen as we have collected them over the last year or two. Our menu included four flavors of scones. Pumpkin, White Chocolate Raspberry, Apple Cinnamon and Blueberry were served with traditional sides of Lemon Curd, Clotted Cream and Strawberry Preserves. Our tea sandwiches were a two layer, opened face Cucumber Sandwich, a two layer Olive and Pecan Spread on Wheat, Chicken Salad in a Puff Pastry and Asparagus with Virginia Ham and Dijon Mustard rolled in a crescent. For our pastries we served a Lavender Shortbread, Chocolate Rugula and a Puff Pastry Shell with Italian Orange Cream. Our tea select was Classic Earl Gray and Youth Berry with Wild Orange Blossom.
The ladies enjoyed their tea and conversations for the first hour. The second was spent touring the mansion and hearing the history of Belle Grove Plantation from the beginning in 1670 to the present. Our tour ended on the Riverside Balcony where the ladies enjoyed a moment of warmth as the sun shone down over the river.
Peering out the Turner Master Suite window where the Carrie Turner etching is located
We are so excited to announce that the Victorian Ladies Society will be returning in April, 2014 for a very special event with Belle Grove Plantation!
The Victorian Ladies Society and Belle Grove Plantation will be hosting our first Titanic Tea!
Be on the watch for the announcement and ticket sales!
Thank you to the Victorian Ladies for visiting with us at Belle Grove Plantation!
If you are interested in an Private Afternoon Tea at Belle Grove Plantation, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are sorry, but we do not serve tea to the general public at this time.