CURRENT HOURS: Tuesday–Saturday, 9 a.m.–4p.m.

HOLIDAY FLYNN MANSION TEAS

Saturdays and Sundays in December

flynn mansion exterior in snow

Sometimes you just need to feel a little bit fancy! Indulge your inner Victorian with an elegant tea service in the historic Flynn Mansion. Hat and gloves are optional, but an interest in learning about Victorian manners is mandatory. Living History Farms interpreters wearing 1870s period dress will serve hot tea, tea sandwiches, scones, traditional cakes, and other sweets and share tea traditions. Chat with friends at the tea table, then explore the interiors of this elegant Italianate home built in 1870 by one of Des Moines’ first families. Spring teas will go on sale in December.

  • Morning tea: Guests meet at the Visitor Center at 10:45 a.m. and drive up the road to the mansion. Tea begins at 11 a.m.
  • Afternoon tea: Guests meet at the Visitor Center at 2:45 p.m. and drive up the road to the mansion. Tea begins at 3 pm.
  • Tables seat 18 guests total.
  • No alcohol, please.
  • $40 members, $50 non-members.
  • Dates and times to be announced.

Note: Spring teas will go on sale in December.

table spread for flynn mansion tea

Menu

  • Cucumber Sandwich
  • Chicken Salad Sandwich
  • Ham & Cherry Relish Sandwich
  • Gingerbread
  • Scones
  • Strudel
  • Golden Fruit Cake
  • Brownie Cake
  • Raspberry Hallongrotta Cookies
  • Milk Chocolate Truffle
  • Victorian Candies
  • Darjeeling Tea

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