Cup of tea with flowers and pound cake

Spring Garden Teas

June 7, 8, 21 & 22 | 1 - 3 p.m.

Join us for tea in the garden!

Join us for our series of Spring Teas set in the blooming Livingston Backus House garden!

Warm and cold summer-inspired teas will be served, along with savory bites and delicious sweet treats from our own Confectionery. Sit back and enjoy a refreshing raspberry-lemon mimosa (available for purchase) while we showcase 19th-century spring and summer fashion pieces inspired by our historical collections and costumed interpreters. Arrive dressed in your most impressive spring hat or fascinator for a chance to win a prize and be the belle or beau of the afternoon. We invite you to stroll the Historic Village or pop into the Flint Hill store for a little shopping before or after tea. 

Tickets are very limited – don’t miss out on this fun and relaxing afternoon in the garden!

Afternoon Tea Menu



  • Leafy spring mix salad with balsamic vinaigrette
  • Chicken salad sandwich bites
  • Table crackers topped with herbed cream cheese and cucumber



  • Berry Scones
  • Real clotted cream
  • Fresh Jam



  • Iced Lemon cake
  • Rose cookies
  • Cream puffs



  • Early Rose Tea (Earl grey tea with a hint of rose and lavender)
  • Sunshine Quench (Light tangerine/orange white tea)
  • Irish Breakfast (Irish black tea blend)



  • Lemon Dandy (Caffeine-free herbal iced tea blend)


Raspberry-Lemon mimosas are also available for purchase as well as a small selection of wine.  

Unfortunately, due to the nature of the menu gluten-free and vegan options are not available for afternoon tea.

A new spring-time tradition

Start a new spring-time tradition with friends and family when you join us for Spring Teas at GCV&M! Enjoy the gorgeous Livingston-Backus House Garden as the setting for your meal.

Guests will also enjoy a vibrant showcase of 19th-century spring and summer fashion pieces from our Costume Shop

Ticket Information


General ticket: $45

Museum Member: $40 

Consider becoming a Museum Member today to enjoy the discounted admission to Spring Tea, plus other benefits and perks for a whole year! Click here to learn more. 

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