Wonder Drugs: Coffee, Tea & Chocolate at Rochester's Meadow Brook Hall

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Weir Manuel #6501402861

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.

Comments (9)

Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


Meadow Brook Hall in Rochester Michigan . . . . is a nice 110 room 88,000 square feet estate to kick back learn about wonder drugs . . . . Coffee . . . . Tea . . . . and chocolate . . . . Life is good in Rochester Michigan.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Feb 18, 2017 06:54 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Hi Beth!  What a wonderful event in a fabulous locale!  I will say that I agree with them - coffee does the trick 'eliminating fatigue' and chocolate works to 'cure whatever ails me!'

Feb 18, 2017 10:01 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

Those are fabulous drugs that make it into my diet every day. Have a wonderful Sunday, Beth.

Feb 19, 2017 05:33 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Beth Bromund - I'm glad I didn't miss this post! I would love to tour this historic building in Rochester, Michigan. As a native midwesterner I never heard of it before - darn, I wish I had when I lived in the Midwest! It sounds fascinating! It would be fun to take a vacation to tour this 88,000 square foot home and learn more about coffee, tea, and chocolate! 

Now that you got the word out, I wonder how many people will put this one on their "Bucket List!"

Feb 20, 2017 05:31 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

This event sounds like so much fun on so many levels!

Feb 20, 2017 01:39 PM
Robert Bob Gilbert
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties - Katy, TX
Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert

We would like to take this tour and enjoy plus learn. Sounds wonderful. 

Feb 25, 2017 03:59 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Beth there is one other wonder drug missing Wine:) seriously would love to take a tour of this property, and if it was in my market could you imagine what it would list and sell for? Endre

Feb 25, 2017 05:26 PM
Mary Hamilton
North Beach, NJ

I was once in Meadow Brook Hall. Great place, there was something wonderful in the air.

Apr 25, 2017 04:19 AM
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


Chocolate would be on the top of my list.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Apr 27, 2017 06:34 PM