Harriet Lane Garden Party Tea, James Buchanan Hotel & Pub – Mercersburg

Harriet Lane Garden Party Tea, James Buchanan Hotel & Pub – Mercersburg

Saturday June 10th, 2023 * 12:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Harriet Lane is the First Lady of Franklin County. Born in Mercersburg and reared by her uncle, fifteenth President James Buchanan, she served as the First Lady of the nation from 1857 to 1861. Franklin County Visitors Bureau is proud of her contributions and honored to share her home. In celebration of Harriet Lane, Franklin County Visitors Bureau invites the public to join in honoring Harriet Lane at a Garden Party Tea, held at James Buchanan Pub. Cost per person is $35.
Hats are a tradition of garden parties, so every participant is invited to wear a hat. Feel free to craft a special one or wear a favorite. Franklin County Visitors Bureau will be awarding prizes to those wearing hats. Recognized will be Most Elegant, Most Springtime Inspiration, and Harriet’s Pick.
The site of the tea is the historic home of the Buchanan Family, built in 1796 by James Buchanan, Sr. It was the boyhood home of President James Buchanan. Across the street is the Lane family home, built in 1828 by Thomas Lane and occupied by Elliott Lane. Elliott Lane married Jane Buchanan, who was President Buchanan’s younger sister. Elliott and Jane Lane were the parents of Harriet. By age ten, Harriet was orphaned. Her mother died in 1839 and her father in 1840. Her uncle James became her guardian, and she went to live with him in Lancaster. Attendees of Harriet Lane Garden Party Tea will learn a little more about the Buchanan-Lane history. In addition, each will receive a compilation of articles written by Joan C. McCulloh about Harriet Lane Johnston, gathered for The Harriet Lane Johnston Symposium, which was organized by the Mercersburg Historical Society on June 10, 2015, and held at the Edwards Room in Keil Hall at Mercersburg Academy.
The menu for the tea includes finger sandwiches of egg salad, cucumber, and special chicken salad along with fruit, petit four, scone, and muffin. A variety of teas will be served as well as a choice of non-alcoholic sparkling cider or a mimosa. Each participant of the Harriet Lane Garden Party Tea receives a keepsake teacup.
Please join Franklin County Visitors Bureau for a fun afternoon in a one-of-a-kind, historic location to remember Harriet Lane, First Lady of Franklin County and the nation.
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Fairy Tea Tasting at Hip Gypsy Emporium

Fairy Tea Tasting at Hip Gypsy Emporium

Sunday March 26th, 2023 * 2:00 PM
You’re invited to visit a fairy world and enjoy samples of new teas for Spring and other tasty morsels, as we frolic with fairy fun and fellowship!
Pre-purchase tickets: $8 per person.
Stop by or call 717.860.1324 to get your tickets now
Franklin County Sweets: An Evening of Dessert at 11/30 Visitors Bureau

Franklin County Sweets: An Evening of Dessert at 11/30 Visitors Bureau

February 10, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Franklin County Visitors Bureau invites the public to celebrate Valentine’s Day with friends, family, or a special someone at Franklin County Sweets: An Evening of Dessert
This sweet event serves dessert as the main course and is held at the Franklin County 11/30 Visitors Center on the second floor, overlooking the square and downtown Chambersburg.
The evening opens with complimentary beverages, cheese, and starters in the lobby of the 11/30 Visitors Center to give participants a chance to meet other dessert lovers.
The “main course” of this event is dessert and includes a variety of cookies, carrot cake, cheesecake, pecan pie, chocolate cake with chocolate icing, and panna cotta with fresh fruit topping.
Desserts are served with a choice of coffee or tea and finally espresso and dark chocolate.
Throughout the evening, the Franklin County Visitors Bureau will highlight the Sweet Trails of Franklin County, in particular ice cream, pie, and candy; share the sweetest Franklin County spots for selfie-taking, and hand out retro Valentine cards.
Franklin County Sweets: An Evening of Dessert concludes with Sweet Bingo—guaranteed to be both fun and tasty.
Eating sweets creates a neurochemical response that makes feelings of happiness, satisfaction, and pleasure.
So, it makes sense to give a sweet treat to someone special—share Franklin County Sweets: An Evening of Dessert with your special someone(s).
Tickets are $35 per person and can be purchased online here.
Franklin County Historical Society, Tea Party Fundraiser

Franklin County Historical Society, Tea Party Fundraiser

Saturday, September 3rd, 2022 * 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
The Old Jail East Courtyard
The event will feature tea, food, and entertainment and is open to both Society members and the public.
Guests may wear hats if they choose. There will be a contest with prizes for Most Authentic, Most “Royal”, and Most Creative.
Tickets are $30 each and can be purchased at 175 East King Street, Chambersburg, by calling 717-264-1667, or online at franklinhistorical.org by August 15th, 2022.
The event benefits the nonprofit Society.
Harriet Lane Tea & Talk

Harriet Lane Tea & Talk

Enjoy an afternoon of tea and talk about Harriet Rebecca Lane, First Lady of Franklin County and the United States. Author Bob O’Connor will speak about Harriet Lane, sharing excerpts of his book, “Harriet Lane: The Original First Lady of Washington.” Emily Martin, a local thespian, will bring a young Miss Lane to life as she mixes and mingles with her visitors.

Event begins a 1 PM and runs until 3 PM and is being held in the 1865 lobby of the Franklin County Visitors Bureau at 15 South Main Street in Chambersburg. The 10,000 sq. ft. building served as a bank from 1865 to 2015.

A Little About Harriet  

Harriet was born in Mercersburg, Franklin County, PA on May 9, 1830 to Elliott Tole Lane and Jane Buchanan Lane. Her grandfather was a merchant, who came from Donegal County in Ireland and established a good foundation for his family. Harriet’s father was a merchant, and her mother was the younger sister of James Buchanan. It was a family of ample means.

Even with a level of wealth, her life was not easy. At age nine, her mother died and two years later, her father. Her favorite uncle, James Buchanan, adopted Harriet.  She would serve as his confidante and consultant, traveling to Great Britain when Buchanan served as Minister to England. She was a favorite of Queen Victoria and the royal court. When James Buchanan became president, she served as “First Lady” and was an accomplished hostess.

She chose to hold off marrying until she was 35 years old. Within three years, she would have two sons and a happy family life. Tragedy returned in 1881, 1882, and 1884 when she lost both sons to rheumatic fever and her husband died unexpectedly.

Harriet Lane came to understand the fleetingness of life, the value of family, and the importance of keeping a purpose. She gave generously to the research of children’s disease, endowed a school for boys, and planted the seed of a national art gallery.

The Perspective of a Celtic Blessing 

“May God give you, for every storm, a rainbow, for every tear, a smile, for every care, a promise and a blessing in each trial. For every problem life sends, a faithful friend to share, for every sign a sweet song, and an answer for each prayer.”