Between 1790 and 1860, Shenandoahans of all walks of life bought tea, coffee, and drinking chocolate as well as ceramic vessels for preparing and serving these beverages. What did hot beverages mean to them? Did elite families and the people they enslaved buy tea for the same purposes or use teacups in the same ways? During this fascinating talk, archaeologist Matthew Greer will address these questions and more using data from ongoing archaeology at Belle Grove Plantation and merchants’ ledgers from stores in the Shenandoah Valley.
Pay what you can. Register by April 19; signup online or call 540-662-1473, ext. 240. In the event of inclement weather, this program will move to Zoom and a link will be provided.