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Alderson holds Tea at the Old Victorian Inn

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It's become a holiday tradition for many to enjoy afternoon tea at the Old Victorian Inn in Alderson.

For more than 3 years, Sam and Doris Kasley have been hosting their bed and breakfast for the community to get into the Christmas spirit while also enjoying a variety of teas that were served in the American Victorian Era.

The was music, finger foods, and more during the afternoon tea. The event was part of Alderson's annual fundraiser.

"I think this is an awesome thing. I know little girls never leave the fact of wanting to dress up and so this is a perfect opportunity for us to do that," Alderson Main Street President, Judy Lohmeyer said.

Decorated for the season, the Old Victorian Inn was built in 1906 to showcase West Virginia lumber.

"Predominately red oak, but there's popular, warm chestnut, maple, there's at least a half of dozen of different types of wood in the house," Old Victorian Inn Host, Doris Kasley revealed.

Guests received a variety of teas including peppermint tea, green tea, and black tea. There was one tea that actually looked and tasted like collard greens, all you needed to add was some vinegar.

"In the 1700's and early 1800's a lot of people actually ate the leaves of the green tea, and just added butter and salt and it was a side dish just like you would do with collard greens," Tea Historian, Lynda Howe.

The main purpose of Sunday's event was to encourage more people to visit the area.

"I think we need to preserve our heritage. We have a lot of history in this town. We move forward from what the history has been because we look to the future. We also need to remember the past. We need to remember what it was like at certain times, and we need to appreciate the heritage that we have and the people of this area and what they have brought to Alderson," Kasley said.

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