Enjoy learning about the history of Coffee, Tea, and Chocolate at Meadow Brook Hall in Rochester, Michigan. The 88,000 square foot home with 110 rooms, was built between 1926 and 1929 in Rochester, Michigan by Matilda Dodge Wilson and her second husband, Alfred Wilson. The home, which cost $4 million to build, was completed just three weeks before the stock market crashed in 1929.
In 1957, Matilda donated the 1,500 acre estate and $2 million dollars to create what is now Oakland University.
The mansion hosts many events that are open to the public, including the upcoming event entitled “Wonder Drugs: Coffee, Tea, and Chocolate” on Monday, February 27, 2017 from 7-8:30 p.m. Exhibition curator Yao-Fen You will share how miraculous properties were attributed to each of the three drinks as they gained popularity in Europe in the seventeenth century. Initially, coffee, tea, and chocolate were sold at apothecaries and prescribed by physicians to aid a range of ailments “from aiding digestion and eliminating fatigue to curing leprosy and raising the dead – essentially curing whatever ailed you.”
Guests are invited to stay after the presentation to sample Ecuadorian Organic Drinking Chocolate and enjoy a guided tour of coffee and tea sets from around that world that were collected on the Wilson family’s travels. Reservations are required. Admission is $15 per person or $13.50 for Meadow Brook Hall members. Please call (248) 364-6252 for your reservation. Please visit www.MeadowBrookHall.org to learn about more of the exciting programs offered at this historical treasure.