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Triskaideka Dinners

Triskaideka dinner decorationsTriskaideka Dinners are available October-March.

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. Play a superstition scavenger game in the parlor, guess the meanings of old wives’ tales, and take a tour of our Victorian country home. We will fill the table to 13 guests only!

Join us on the thirteenth of the month, but reserve your spot soon! There are limited dates available. We will also offer some Triskaideka Dinners during the week leading up to Halloween.



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

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flynn mansion in fall

More Than a Meal

Historic Dinner programs are much more than a meal. You’ll be transported back in time to experience an intimate dinner gathered in a beautiful Victorian dining room and learn about life in the past from your cook and dinner hosts. In order to plan for this special experience, Living History Farms relies on advanced tickets for each program. Since this experience is so different from a simple restaurant reservation, we are unable to provide a full refund for last minute cancellations. Please review our program policies before you purchase tickets to read about our cancellation policy, payment, program details, and more. 

Triskaideka Dinner Program Policies


Tickets for Triskaideka dinner programs are $70 per person or $65 per person for members, regardless of age.

Allergy Concerns

Our meals are prepared in the style of the historic period and served family style. We generally cannot alter recipes without impacting other guests at the table. Most of our recipes contain butter, margarine, eggs, chicken or beef stock, flour, and other gluten containing ingredients. If you have questions about a food allergy, please contact us at least two weeks prior to your program at (515)278-5286 ext. 158 or send an email to



lantern at Tangen HomeTake a look at the bill of fare offered this season.

Triskaideka Dinner Menu


Give a Gift

Want to give the Historic Dinner experience as a gift? Living History Farms’ gift certificates are available!

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