Friday, October 12, 2012

Harvest Tea Scheduled for October

On the afternoon of Saturday, October 27, 2012, the Brazos Heritage Society will host Victorian teas at the beautiful Abbott-Blakely-Chavis House, located at 701 Hereford Street in College Station’s historic College Park neighborhood.  There will be two seatings at the Harvest Tea, the first at 1:00 PM and the second at 4:00 PM.  Everyone is encouraged to wear their best hat; awards will be presented.

The Abbott-Blakely-Chavis Home was built in 1934 in College Station’s historic College Park neighborhood.  The original one-bedroom, one bath structure typified the modest style of construction promoted by New Deal legislation designed to increase the number of homeowners.  

The first owners, John Paul and Virginia Abbott, had long ties to Texas A&M University.  Virginia was the daughter of one of the earlier faculty members in the School of Agriculture.  She married John Paul, who moved to College Station from Ohio in 1925 to teach English.  He later became Chair of the Department of English, then Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences where he spent much of his career.  After serving for a period as Provost, he retired after 50 years at Texas A&M University.  

The home was purchased from the Abbotts by Dr. Craig Blakely and Karan Chavis in 1996.  Dr. Craig Blakely is the Dean of the School of Rural Public Health which gives the house the unique distinction of having had deans as its owners.  Karan Chavis is the Assistant Dean for Planning and Evaluation in the College of Medicine.  

In the fourteen years they have owned the home, the Blakely-Chavis’s have significantly enhanced the property, adding comfort and functionality while preserving the historic charm and bountiful personality of the original residence.  

The price of admission to the Harvest Tea is $40.00 per person, which includes a tour of the home.  For reservations, please call Beverly Myers at (979) 229-9414.  Tickets must be purchased in advance.  Seating is limited so make reservations early.  

Proceeds from this event will go to fulfilling the mission of the Brazos Heritage Society.

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