Beginning April 24, come to the Smith-McDowell House and add TEA to your TOUR! Each of our exhibit rooms will feature tea-related items and educational panels about the history, use and practice of taking tea. We have searched our collection and will have some ‘new’ treasures to display as well as some ‘on loan’ items of interest.

The Smith-McDowell House is open Wed – Sat 10am – 4pm. Admission is $9 adults/$5 children (age 8 – 18). Visitors will be invited to take tea at the end of their tour (many thanks to Emwood Fine Tea). No reservation needed, but groups of more than 10 should call for reservation and group pricing.

Curators for this event are Lisa Whitfield (Education Coordinator), Elaine Blake (House Manager) and volunteer, Lynn Karegeannes. We give Lynn extra thanks for all her work and support. Also many thanks to our Sponsors for donation of time, talent and support (see list below).

Lectures and events include:

May 11: Lecture by Bruce Richardson ( America’s leading tea expert! Location: Brunk Auctions. Lecture at 2:00pm, Appraisal Fair 3:00 – 5:00 Lecture is free for WNCHA members, $5 for non-members. Appraisal Fair is $10 per item or 3 items for $25 (proceeds to WNCHA/Smith-McDowell House. For Reservations, call or email Lynn Karegeanes [email protected] 828-273-2243

May 18: Crafty Historian: Teacup Fairy Garden   An event for children age 7 and up. A combination Tea Party and Craft activity. More details SOON.

June 7: Ladies Tea Party More details SOON

July 13: Silver Lecture and Appraisal Fair at Brunk Auction More details SOON

Mark your calendars and check back at for more information.


MAJOR SPONSOR: Bruce Richardson, Elmwood Fine Teas

LOCAL SPONSORS: Brunk Auction,

Lynn & Jim Karegeannes,

EDUCATIONAL SPONSORS: Jessie Dean (Asheville Tea Company), Kym R. Brown (A Southern Cup Fine Tea, Hendersonville), Sara Stender (3 Mountains Tea, Asheville), Jill Wasilewski (Ivory Road Cafe & Kitchen, Asheville), Sara Shacket (Tea Happiness, Brooklyn, NY), Jennifer Stowe (The Three Sisters’ Tea Room, Ethridge, TN)

Check back for more details!!