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Holiday Tea at Butterfield Cottage

A historic legacy

By Dylan Milliren

For Seaside Signal

Published on December 1, 2017 10:40AM

The Gingerbread Tea is an annual holiday tradition in Seaside.

Drawing by Dylan Milliren

The Gingerbread Tea is an annual holiday tradition in Seaside.

The Seaside Historical Society Museum’s Butterfield Victorian beach cottage becomes a Christmas treasure each year since 1990 by its Gingerbread Tea which serves fresh gingerbread with whipped cream or gingerbread cookies and even hot drinks, either tea, hot chocolate or hot cider, which was started as a yearly fundraiser for the museum. It also holds prizes which are lovely gingerbread houses and other Christmas items that are donated, held at a lottery that is on in the end of the last day of the tea. The tea is on every Saturday from after Thanksgiving to before Christmas. Since the cottage was built by a famous Portland jeweler, Horace Seely Butterfield, as a family summer home in 1893, which in 1984 was donated to the museum, a institution that preserves the items of the town of Seaside’s history and later restored to resemble as a 1912 beach cottage and lodging house. The Christmas decorations are Victorian-themed. There’s also caroling at the tea and no reservation is necessary to get in. People can go to the tea to get into the holiday spirit or even get away from the Christmas stress.

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