Westmoreland County Historical Society

Three Centuries of Stimulating Beverages in America - Coffee, Tea, & Chocolate

Three Centuries of Stimulating Beverages in America - Coffee, Tea, & Chocolate

Nov 19th - All Day

At Historic Hanna's Town.  Includes a light-hearted look at the history of coffee, tea, and chocolate.  These “stimulating beverages” were considered conducive to clear thinking while beer, wine, and liquor “muddled” the brain.  Guests will meet in Hanna’s Tavern to learn about the social and economic history of these tasty and invigorating beverages in early America.  Guest will sample hot beverages and enjoy a hearty variety of finger foods and desserts that are paired to bring out the unique flavors of each.  

Hot, ‘stimulating’ beverages like tea, coffee, and chocolate were first introduced to Europeans in the early 1600s.  At first, these drinks were exotic and prohibitively expensive for everyone but the elite.  It was primarily the aristocracy who could afford the ingredients, refined sugar, special equipment, as well as the leisure time needed to enjoy these beverages.  However, by the 18th century, these hot drinks were enjoyed by the broad spectrum of society.  In America, the popularity of coffee and chocolate increased during the Revolutionary War when many boycotted English products like tea.

Seatings at 11:30 AM and 2 PM 

Reservations are required and should be made by calling 724-532-1935 x215. 

Cost: $25 each; members of the Westmoreland County Historical Society receive a $5 discount.

MUSEUM SHOP OPEN 11-4.

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