You are cordially invited to Manatee Village Historical Park’s Afternoon Tea to be held at Charms of Leffingwell in the heart of historic Ellenton…
Please note that while this event takes place at Charms of Leffingwell, tickets must be purchased through Manatee Village Historical Park. Download the ticket order form here: Charms Afternoon Tea Ticket Order Form.pdf
Charms of Leffingwell is an antiques gallery and tea room located in the historic Mathews House (1905). The teas, which will take place from 1:00-3:00pm on Friday, August 25 and Saturday, August 26, will be served by the Smith family, who owns and operates Charms of Leffingwell.
The staff of Manatee Village will open the tea with a short talk about the history of afternoon tea in England, the popularization of afternoon tea by Queen Victoria, and tea traditions in Florida. There will also be a brief discussion of historic preservation, the history of the Mathews House, and the process of restoring it into the tea room it is today. Table decorations will include trivia cards about the history of tea.
Dress-up is encouraged. There will be a best hat contest with a prize from Walk Bradenton.
These afternoon teas will include freshly brewed hot tea of your choice (over 20 types to chose from!), homemade scones, Devonshire cream, pastries, and savories.
This is a ticketed event with limited space. Tickets are $20.00. (Please Note: Tickets may be purchased for either Friday or Saturday—one ticket does not apply to both days).
*If you have dietary restrictions, please contact Manatee Village staff at least two weeks in advance of the event. While Charms of Leffingwell makes every effort to accommodate restrictions, they cannot guarantee that there has been no cross-contamination with allergens.
Tickets are on sale from July 10 through August 18, and must be purchased by cash or check. Tickets may be bought in person at Manatee Village, or by mail to Manatee Village Historical Park, 1404 Manatee Avenue East, Bradenton, FL 34208. Please make checks payable to the Manatee County Historical Commission. Space is limited. If mailing a check, call in advance to make your reservation and download the ticket order form.
Charms of Leffingwell, where the tea will be held, is located at: 905 Leffingwell Avenue, Ellenton, FL 34222.
This public program is offered by producers: Manatee County Angelina “Angel” Colonneso, Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller, Department of Historical Resources and the Manatee County Historical Commission.