Tea Tables from Colonial American

George Wythe House, c.1750We often forget that Colonial America was immersed in the tea ritual on a scale equal to that of their English cousins and, consequently, tea tables were necessary furnishings in the fine homes located in major port cities.As European furniture makers immigrated to the colonies, they set up shops in Boston, Philadelphia,…

Liberty Teas of Colonial Boston

Colonists rejected King George's tea in favor of local concoctionsAs the tea dust rose above the water of Boston Harbor following the 1773 rebellion, colonists faced a minor dilemma. What would they do to assuage their tea habit that was so ingrained in Boston society? Colonial ladies still had their tea tables, cups, and equipage, but…

Tea for Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson by Rembrandt Peale, c. 1800Thomas Jefferson was an early “foodie” and his great passion for food and drink included Chinese tea, both black and green.   According to the archives of Monticello, Jefferson’s financial records and correspondence show consistent purchases of tea and provide valuable information about the kinds and amounts of tea he…