June 27, 2014 • 4pm-6pm
33 SHIRLEY ST, ROXBURY
TICKETS: $25 (PURCHASE HERE)
Every June, Discover Roxbury and the Shirley-Eustis House Association welcome spring and recognize Roxbury's royal roots with a unique afternoon tea at the Shirley-Eustis House, former home to both a royal colonial governor (William Shirley) and one of Massachusetts early elected governors (William Eustis). The varying themes of each tea, combined with stately setting and elegant dress code evoke both an historic era and age-old traditions.
This year, the Shirley-Eustis House and Discover Roxbury are pleased to present an interactive living tour with Living History Historian, William Kuttner as Enoch Bartlett who is notably know for the Roxbury Bartlett Pear.
Caroline Langdon Eustis, or “Madam Eustis” as she preferred to be addressed, was the wife of Secretary of War, Ambassador to Holland, and Massachusetts governor, William Eustis. She resided in what is now the Shirley-Eustis House until her death in 1867. Among her many interests was gardening. Her orange, lemon and pear trees won top prizes in Boston horticultural shows year after year.
Her dear friend, Enoch Bartlett, who owned a farm nearby, grew the well-known variety of pear, known as the Roxbury pear that still carries his name and was a frequent visitor to the Shirley-Eustis house and a dear friend of Madam Eustis. Mr. Bartlett will tour the orchards with attendees.
Refreshments will be served. The dress code is smart casual, with ladies in hats.
View photos from a previous tea.