Where: Dunwoody, Georgia Style: Colonial revival Tea Selection: 2 prepared teas Teatimes: Annual Afternoon Tea (Spring) Reservations: Pre-paid reservations required Contact: 770-668-0401 Cost: $40 Sesquicentennial Afternoon Tea Destination Tea Tips: While the Dunwoody Preservation Trust is considering adding seating to welcome more guests at future teas, we advise becoming a DPT member to be the first to know when tickets go on sale for this event. Note that though the farm has a Chamblee-Dunwoody Road address, the parking lot is on Vermack Road.
Destination Tea Notes: Fifteen years before Destination Tea was founded, afternoon tea was served in our hometown – Dunwoody, Georgia – at the Farmhouse Tea Shoppe, housed in the first historic home saved and restored by the Dunwoody Preservation Trust (DPT): the Cheek-Spruill House. DPT was actually first formed to save this 1906 farmhouse, and went on to manage the restoration of a second historic Dunwoody property: the Donaldson-Bannister Farm. Especially because we have long regretted missing out on a visit to the former Dunwoody teahouse, we love that DPT has brought afternoon tea back to historic Dunwoody, by celebrating the Donaldson-Bannister Farm’s 150th anniversary with a tea party, which they plan to host annually.
The ladies of DPT’s Sesquicentennial Committee (say that three times fast) diligently researched and menu-planned this afternoon tea with the guidance of local author Judith McLoughlin of Shamrock and Peach tour company, who served as guest speaker between courses. The culmination of their preparations and cooking was a relaxing, yummy teatime peppered with afternoon tea education and heartfelt stories. We look forward to this becoming an annual tradition in our community, where friends old and new gather in a historic setting to support the DPT’s work in a very delicious way.