WESTFIELD - A Victorian Tea, to be held in the historic George P. York House at 108 South Portage St., will be one of the highlights of Christmas in the Village of Westfield on Saturday, Nov. 23.
Col. (Ret.) David Correll, owner of the Victorian mansion, will generously offer the home for the event, which will benefit the McClurg Museum, home of the Chautauqua County Historical Society.
Guests will be seated on the hour starting at noon until 3 p.m. for the tea and light refreshments in the beautifully restored and decorated home. Tickets are available for $10 per person at the McClurg Museum, Tuesday through Saturday form 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Only 20 tickets are available for each hourly seating. Guests are asked to depart from Eason Hall in the horse-drawn carriage or, if arriving by car, to park along the street rather than the driveway.
Guests of the Victorian Tea will have an opportunity to view the interior of the historic George P. York House in Westfield, one of the most recognizable and historic homes in the village. Proceeds from the event will benefit the McClurg Museum.
George P. York built the home during the Civil War. At the time, he owned the largest ironworks in the region and spared no expense in the creation of the well-proportioned and elegant home, which remained in his family until 1928. It suffered a slow decline until Col. Correel and his wife, Alliene, purchased the then-abandoned house in the 1970s. Col. Correll has spent the ensuing decades lovingly restoring the handsome structure to its original splendor. During her life, Mrs. Correll searched for and acquired Victorian furnishings of the appropriate design and scale for the home's large rooms and 11-foot ceiling height. As a result, guests will be treated to a true Victorian tea in a true Victorian setting.