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Historic Dinners & Teas

Each year, Living History Farms invites guests to dinner at one of the museum’s many historic homes. Much more than a meal, you’ll step back in time to get a glimpse of life in the past and a taste of history at a Historic Dinner program!


Tickets open for members on August 1, 2019 at 10am.
Tickets open for the general public on August 8, 2019 at 10am.

Select the program you are interested in to purchase tickets and find more info:

guests seated in the 1900 farmhouse dining room smile

1900 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 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 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 Flynn Mansion! 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 for Triskaideka Dinners


children working on crafts at family christmas eventFamily Christmas Eats and Treats Program


Start with a family meal at the Tangen Home, followed by a fun craft, and then head out to the town of Walnut Hill to take part in fun Family Christmas activities. This program is geared towards families with children.

Info for Family Christmas Eats & Treats Program


girl having tea with her dollBaby Doll Tea Program


Come to Living History Farms for a tea menu suitable for young ladies and gentlemen along with your favorite doll, teddy bear, or other stuffed companion. The program will include a historic children’s game, a take-away craft, and an opportunity to explore the Flynn Mansion. Ideal for families with children ages 7-13 years old. Limited spots available for this special program.

Info for Baby Doll Tea Program


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 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 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.