Historic Dinners & Teas

Each year, Living History Farms invites guests to dinner at one of the museum’s many historic kitchens. Step back in time for a fun, unique, and memorable evening at a Historic Dinner!


Reservations open for members on August 10, 2017 at 9am.
Reservations open for the general public on August 17, 2017 at 9am.

Select the program you are interested in to find more details and reservation info:

guests seated in the 1900 farmhouse dining room smile1900 Farm Dinners


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.

Info and reservations for 1900 Farm Dinners


guests perform a toast at a historic dinner1875 Dahl Historic Dinners at Tangen


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.

Info and reservations for 1875 Dahl Historic Dinners at Tangen


Triskaideka dinner decorationsTriskaideka Dinners


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 13 guests sit down to a sumptuous feast. 13 guests only!

Info and reservations for Triskaideka Dinners


dinner host smiles as she pours water at the flynn dining tableFlynn 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.

Info and reservations for Flynn Mansion Dinners


tea cupFlynn 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.

Info and reservations for Flynn Victorian Teas


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.