Thursday, October 24, 2019

Historic Inns in Pennsylvania

Just back from a weeks vacation in Pennsylvania!
We were gone a week and stayed in historic inns and a B&B while we were there.
I probably didn't take the best pictures 
but will share them with you.

The first stop was in Farmington Pa. We stayed there because our first stop was going to be Fallingwater, the Frank Lloyd Wright home.

We stayed at the Stone House Inn
Built in 1822 on what I refer to as Old Route 40 (my childhood home sits on this)
or the National Trail that took everyone east and west.
Our room was in the original part of course, not fancy, 
but comfortable and clean.
Our only complaint was we wanted to watch the Cardinals in the playoffs and the TV only had them in Spanish! Mr. went to the bar and couldn't get them to put it on either.




The room had a fireplace but it was non functioning. And a chenille bedspread!

They had a wonder restaurant, our meal was fabulous!

beautiful circa 1822 dining room with 2 huge fireplaces

my steak melted like butter it was so tender

But in the lobby I feel in love!

oh if I could of escaped with this chandelier I would of!!


the staircase to our room in the original section

look how foggy it was the next day.
Being a Inn and not a B&B they were not open for breakfast but gave us a voucher for a local place.
It was a cute cabin type place and Mr. got the "lumberjack breakfast" and he ate it all!?

It was a beautiful morning after the fog lifted, cool, clear, crisp. Perfect for a hike in the woods to Fallingwater the Frank Lloyd Wright home.
Built in 1935 for the owners of Pittsburgh's Kaufmann's Department Store.
It is probably his most recognized home.


a 1/4 mile through the woods and then...there it is!


the trees were just starting to change

this is the view most people recognize

the leaves were just starting to change, it was on too Gettysburg via Maryland.

Stay 2 for the next Inn, our room was a operating room during  the Battle of Gettysburg.

Sunday, September 22, 2019

A Tea Like in My Grandmothers Day

One of the former Presidents of our Genealogy Society said one day " I wish we could have a old fashion ladies tea" I said...OK we will!

It took a year of planning and we did it last April, but with all the teas everyone is having over the Downton Abbey movie I thought I would show you.

The Historical Society owns a beautiful home built in the 1890's by one of my cousins that was a architect. It was perfect to host a tea. I will show you more interior shots and the end of the post.

We decided it WOULD be like our Grandmothers Eastern Star, DAR teas of the 1920's-1960's. Even on dishes. So we began collecting, tea pots, tea cups, sandwich trays you name it.
Luckily one day my Girlfriend and I were out antiquing and a dealer told me about a local Catholic school that was closing and that they use to have tea's. I could stop by and pick up what I wanted.

 Brenda our Treasurer and partner in crime
Everything was pretty much $1
It was fun collecting salt and pepper shakers, tea pots, cream and sugars.
We had enough we did color schemes.

Found wedding invitations and Dollar Tree, perfect to make our menu!

At 1515 making the flower arrangements all in teapots. 

Come on in and be welcomed by Mrs. Dudley
Our Past President who wanted the tea, dressed as Mrs. Dudley from the 1950's.

We set up tables in the 2 parlors and the dining room. We had a local company deliver linens, tables and chairs

We spent a great deal of attention to detail. How do you like our rose napkins we rolled?
Paper doilies for place mats, the plastic silverware looks like silver which were wrapped and tied together with a take home teapot charm.

We had dry runs with the plate samples
milk glass with pink flowers were my favorite


we used alot of American Fostoria




Check out the Holly Fostoria s/p shakers I got for $2!

Loved how the yellow turned out. I paid $1 for the coin glass s/p shakers at my local jewelers. He inherited his Grandparents old new stock and was selling all of it!

Place cards, nuts and mints cups for all


the formal dining room table

We used our archives for displays

The Bachelor Girls Club. We had their minutes and pictures from the 1910's.

we lined the piano with vintage hats

I lined the fireplace with pictures and items of my Grandmother and her things from her Eastern Star Chapter

The dining room has Mrs. Dudley's china and cabinets donated by the family.

Formal dining room, we had a style show too!
This young man from the 1940's stopped by.
We sold out! All the chairs were filled.


More of the fashion show

We had wonderful speakers from organizations in town that were over 100 years old.
Everyone really enjoyed themselves...and wanted to know if it was a yearly thing!
Oh my NO! It was alot of hard work and I was pooped from carrying in all that glassware. We had to wash everything in accordance of the heath department.

Now for shots of the interior and exterior of this beautiful home

a wrap around porch that goes to a door in the dining room

look at all the details

Pansies in tea cups were on the porch to welcome guest


Love these chairs!

original light fixture and the Dudley sign
Mr. Dudley was a local Dr who saw patients in the home, there is a side entrance for the office.
On the National Historic Register


Now more of the interior

His office has medical artifacts on display

the fireplace in the parlor


The kitchen is straight out of the 1940's. Metal cabinets, huge windows.
Behind my friends are the built in cabinets that open to the dining room.

the cabinets on the dining room side.
Love these 2, we wouldn't have a genealogy society without them.
Wish I did not live 2 hrs away so I could spend more time with them.

the stairway

details between the hall and parlor.

Well how did we do?
Did you enjoy it...did you feel like you were invited!?