Whaley House to hold Christmas tea parties

FLINT — The Whaley House Historic Museum turns the holiday season into something from a Charles Dickens story with its Victorian Christmas Teas.

The tea parties will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 14 and 21 amid decorations of Victorian-era floral arrangements. Attendees will enjoy a choice of tea as well as a Christmas-inspired menu that includes traditional finger sandwiches and cakes. Costumes and period attire are welcome, but not required.

Cost is $30 per person, and seating is limited to 25 people for each date. Groups of any size are welcome but should contact the Whaley House for specific requests regarding arrangements for larger groups.

The Whaley House also will hold a New Year’s Victorian Tea Jan 18 from 2 to 4 p.m.

Those interested may register online at whaleyhouse.com, email Director@Whaley House.com or call 810-471-4714.

The Whaley House was owned by innovator Robert Whaley and his family, who moved into the home in 1885. Whaley hired Detroit architect George Watkins to transform the 1859 Italianate design into a stylish Victorian home. The Whaley family was responsible for the creation of the Whaley Children’s Center as a home for Flint’s children in need and the McFarlan Home, a home for elderly women left with no family members to care for them.

The Whaley House Historic Museum, 624 E. Kearsley St., is open to the public for tours, programs and events.