'Tea in the Garden' in Fort Johnson


Recorder News Staff

FORT JOHNSON -- Pinkies up, ladies and gents.

The Montgomery County Historical Society held its second installment of its Tea in the Garden fundraiser Tuesday at the Old Fort Johnson National Historic Landmark.

Parties enjoyed brewed tea of both the hot and iced variety, and snacked on decadent treats and finger sandwiches served by youthful waiters and waitresses donning colonial garb.

Museum Coordinator Alessa Wylie said the fundraiser was started by a board member in 2007. At the first event, just four people attended, while both Tuesday's event and one earlier this month sold out.

One more tea is scheduled next month, but that already has a waiting list, Wylie said.

"Tea is obviously popular in England, and it was important to the colonists," Wylie said, connecting the event with the fort's history. "With the tax on tea at the time, they often used bee balm as a substitute. It's growing in our garden."

For more information on the fort's other upcoming events, visit www.oldfortjohnson.org.