Tea Water Wells of early New York City

Peter StuyvesantBy the time Dutch East India Company Director, Peter Stuyvesant¬†arrived as governor in 1647, the custom of taking tea by the burghers of New Amsterdam proved equal to that of their native Holland. The tea board, tea table, teapots, sugar bowl, silver spoons, and strainer were the pride of the Dutch household in the…

Thomas Lipton’s Roots in America

Sir Thomas LiptonHow did Britain's greatest tea mogul come to work on a rice plantation in South Carolina?The front page of the October 25, 1899,¬†Georgetown (SC) Semi-Weekly Times reported a rumor from Washington, DC that famed grocer and tea entrepreneur Sir Thomas J. Lipton was determined to invest $500,000 in tea culture in South Carolina…