The Tea Experience: America’s Living History Teas

Photography courtesy of Woodlawn Manor Museum

The Manor House and the stone barn (today serving as the Woodlawn Museum) were constructed in the early 1800s by locally prominent Quaker physician Dr. William Palmer.  Museum exhibits provide more in-depth information on the history of Woodlawn, the lives of enslaved and free African Americans, the Underground Railroad, and the Quaker experience in Montgomery County, Maryland. 

Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park’s most well-known feature is the Underground Railroad Experience Trail commemorating Montgomery County’s involvement in the 19th century Underground Railroad network. While Woodlawn’s owners are not believed to have been involved, the trail illustrates what county residents experienced as freedom seekers sought escape North to freedom. The trail is part of the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom program sponsored by the National Park Service.

To share the region’s rich history, Donna Will, owner and director of Woodlawn Manor Museum, presents group Historical Teas by reservations. All services include bottomless pots of fragrant teas, fresh scones served with clotted cream and lemon curd, delicious muffins, tempting tea sandwiches, cakes and pastries, and seasonal fruit.

Donna offers these teas in a historic setting, The Dolley Madison Tea Room, located in a quaint 1810 stone building in the nearby town of Brookeville. Teas at this venue include a historical walk through this charming old village. This town is known for hosting President James Madison and supposedly a strongbox containing the entire U.S. Treasury—when he fled the Capital to avoid invading British troops during the War of 1812. 


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