Save the Date! The 2019
Avery Edwards/Edson Sisters Tea Announced

Enjoy a Traditional Victorian Tea in the Tradition of the Edson Sisters


Experience a traditional Victorian tea in the fine tradition of Sarah Avery and Phoebe Edson, the storied Edson Sisters. Through a long-awaited partnership, this year's tea celebrates the family at both the ladies' homes, nestled next door to each other in Old Town Fort Collins. Take a catered tea and hors d'oeuvres at the regal Edwards House, Phoebe's 1904 home and tour the lush grounds, gardens, and interior of the historic 1879 Avery House. Sip tea and indulge in sweet and savory bites and enjoy the Avery House’s new exhibit Mabel Avery: a Portrait in Garmenture.

Delicious tea and food are catered, and there are two seatings, at 10 am and 2 pm, with docent-guided tours throughout the day.

Proceeds from ticket sales and the silent auction go toward the nonprofit Poudre Landmarks Foundation's mission to preserve, restore, protect, and interpret the architectural and cultural heritage of the Fort Collins area.

For more information, email, or call (970) 221-0533

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Tea on the Avery Lawn

The 2018 Tea on the Avery Lawn

On June 2nd, 2018, guests at the Tea on the Avery Lawn experienced a traditional summer Victorian tea service on the lush grounds of the Avery House in view of the Rose Garden and Gazebo. Live music, a silent auction, live Plien Air painters, and a fashion show of Weddings Gowns Through the Decades rounded out the festivities. Some guests wore elaborate costumes including visitors from the Colorado Victorian Society, and tours of the house were available all day.

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2017 Tea on the Avery Lawn


On Saturday, June 3, 2017 guests enjoyed a traditional tea on the lush grounds of the historic Avery House in downtown Fort Collins. They sipped tea, indulged in sweet and savory bites while enjoying live music and time to chat with friends, and bid on tea-themed items in a silent auction.

Tea-attendees also toured the Avery House’s new clothing exhibit, The Margareth Merrill Collection. This clothing exhibit was a remarkable assemblage of one family's clothing from 4 generations from the late-1800s to the mid-1900s.

2015 tea on the avery lawn

The 2015 tea featured a demonstration of a Japanese tea ceremony, a silent auction, and a tour of the new Avery House exhibit highlighting the Avery family's early-1900s Japan tours. Vintage attire was donned by many, as the photos below attest. 

This unique event was interlaced with a Japanese theme to highlight the new Avery House exhibit of acquisitions from the Avery family's visits to Japan in the early 1900s. As part of the Japanese theme, Opera Fort Collins apprentices performed selections from Madame Butterfly, and a local expert on the art of the Japanese tea ceremony demonstrated this fascinating ritual.