Historic Dinners - Living History Farms

Historic Dinners

Each winter, Living History Farms invites guests to dinner at one of the museum’s many historic kitchens.


Reservations open for members on July 25, 2016.
Reservations open for the general public on August 1, 2016.

Select the program you are interested in:

Flynn Mansion Dinners >


At Flynn Mansion Dinners, historical interpreters offer guests the opportunity to experience the high style a la Russe dining of the late 19th century. Enjoy the high Victorian dining room atmosphere and chat with other guests as serving staff present multiple courses of food, one by one! The dining room host will offer tips for navigating the many forks and spoons laid out at each place setting, while the kitchen staff share their expertise about which recipes and ingredients were part of every Victorian celebration meal. 


Flynn Victorian Tea >

December and April

The Flynn Mansion welcomes ladies and gentlemen of all ages for a Victorian tea service. Relax and chat with friends and family in our 1870 Victorian home, decorated for either the winter or spring holiday season. Guests are seated at tea tables for three courses of treats featuring tea sandwiches, sweet breads, then cakes and cookies, along with steaming cups of tea. After eating, guests may stroll through the elegantly appointed rooms.


Historic Dinners at the 1875 Tangen Home and 1900 Farm >


The 1900 Farm staff welcomes guests with a horse-drawn wagon ride to the farm house, where they cozy up to the wood-burning stove in the dining room and pass heaping dishes of meat and potatoes around the table. The Dahl Historic Dinners at Tangen in the 1875 town of Walnut Hill are special occasion meals shared family style in the dining room, followed by fun and frivolous Victorian games in the parlor afterwards.


Triskaideka dinners

Triskaideka Dinners >

Triskaideka Dinners are now sold out.

Flaunt Fate and court Karma! Join Living History Farms at a Victorian Triskaideka Dinner at the Tangen House in Walnut Hill! In the 1880s, a New York businessman started a 13 Club: inviting 13 people to dinner on the 13th day of the month, serving 13 dishes, and poking fun at every unlucky superstition possible. They wanted to prove that superstitions had no power for them. Join us as thirteen guests sit down to a sumptuous feast based around a main dish of Roast Pork dressed with apples and onions. 13 guests only!


Living History Farms Historic Dinners were featured on IPTV's Iowa Ingredient:


Read more about our Historic Dinner programs in this article featured in Edible Iowa River Valley >

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