Might’ve been in attendance when the members and guests of Somewhere in Time, Unlimited held a “Tea and Murder Mystery” at the historical residence of the Meekers in Puyallup, Washington on Oct. 26, 2008.
Ezra Meeker, as some will remember, was man of significance due to his connection to the Oregon Trail and the impact of hops farming in the Puyallup valley. His lovely wife, Eliza Jane, had gone with him to England where she fell in love with Queen Victoria’s home. Ezra, being a rational man, told his wife if she wanted such a home, she’d build and pay for it, herself. Well, never underestimate the power of a driven woman! If you’d like to read more about the Meekers, visit the mansion’s site.
The tea at the mansion was hosted and served by the talented docents of the mansion in delightful costumes. The food was delicious and the hot tea was served and refilled multiple times to grateful recipients. There’s nothing like tepid warm tea, so having HOT tea served is WONDERFUL!
Even the decorating at the mansion is incredible. They have been able to replicate or restore much of the high style of the Victorian splendor in the house. SITU participants were given guided tours thru the mansion. We we treated to viewing quality furniture, beautiful fireplace mantels, leaded windows, crown moulding, stencils, inlaid wood, hidden spaces and more, along with a history lesson of the home and the family.
I am in the process (as of this writing), of putting together a webpage featuring photos of the frivolity of the afternoon tea. Visit SITU’s regular site at: www.CostumingInSeattle.com and click on Past Events. If I don’t have the photos up when you look, check back. I may have them up soon, or email me and I’ll let you know when they’re uploaded.
In case you’re wondering, the murder mystery was solved and the missing antique necklace was recovered. It turned out to be the ficticious half-sister of Eliza Jane. Thank you to the Meeker Mansion management and docents who played along with us in the fun for the afternoon. You folks were tremendous….