Schroon Lake Historical Society Annual Tea Is Held at Silver Spruce Inn

Members of Schroon Lake Historical Society at 14th Anual Victorian Tea

On Wednesday, June 19th, The Silver Spruce Inn played host to the membership of Schroon Lake Historical Society for its annual ladies luncheon and “high tea.” And it could not have been a better day for it! The sun was shining brightly on the garden, which is blooming in full glory. The ladies were dressed in Victorian finery, with large brims and lace cuffs the order of the day.

Silver Spruce owner Phyllis Rogers greeted visitors at the door to her gracious indoor patio, and the ladies took their seats in the enormous cedar-lined main dining area. Volunteers clad in Victorian servant dress served plates of dainty finger sandwiches and aromatic cups of tea, as guests reconnected with old friends.

The Historical Society’s special guest for the event was Maureen Werther, author of the recently published book about Silver Spruce, “Them That Has. . . The Story of a 1790’s Adirondack House and the People Who Made it Famous.” After the luncheon, Ms.Werther told the group the story of how the book came about and she regaled them with some of the wonderful stories in the book about the home’s most well-known owner – Sallie Miller Smith.

Tales of Prohibition-era antics and adventures, as well as the story behind the Waldorf Astoria bar in the lower level “lounge,” were just some of the tidbits Ms. Werther shared with the assembled group, while Phyllis guided others on a tour of the grand old home. Ladies were able to purchase signed copies of the book before they ventured back outside into the hot sunny July afternoon to take a walk through the gardens.

In all, it was a successful afternoon and Phyllis was thrilled to play host at this year’s event!

Anyone who is interested in purchasing a copy of “Them That Has . . . The Story of a 1790’s Adirondack House and the People Who Made it Famous,” can stop by the Silver Spruce. Or, contact Phyllis by the phone or email address listed on the Silver Spruce website.