Sipping from Spode: Tea Time in the South

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By: Rachel Ward

Monday, April 1st 2024

Tea set with cookies

Holiday Tours at Historic Columbia not only bring cheer to visitors but also to the curatorial staff, who have a chance to highlight interesting pieces in the collection that are not often at the forefront of our regular tours. This past holiday season, we placed a beautiful green and yellow porcelain tea set on exhibit to show the traditions of a white, upper-class family on Christmas morning. The tea set is currently on display in the Hampton-Preston Mansion, one of our historic house museums that focuses interpretation on the daily life of the Hampton and Preston family members as well as the enslaved workers who unwillingly labored on the property.