Members of the Fayette Garden Club recently met for their annual celebration of the club’s existence (99 years). Members wore hats and gloves reminiscent of “Tea Parties” long ago.
The Tea Party was held at the Bereman Dahl House on Market Street in Washington C.H.
Emma Dell Custer White welcomed members to the house. She then pointed out the interesting and historical features inside.
The Italian-style house was built in 1859 by Judge Joel Bereman. The house actually faced Columbus Avenue. After the judge’s death, the front lots were sold for houses to be built. Some changes were made to make the entrance on Market Street the front of the house.
The inside of the house is as interesting as the house itself, from the eight-feet windows to the “Widow’s Perch.” However the most interesting feature is a mural by Archibold Willard. Most Fayette Countians are familiar with his mural in our courthouse. While he was painting that mural, Willard stayed at the Dahl house. He also painted a beautiful mural in the house and around the ceiling.
After enjoying the educational information about the house, members were treated to a delicious assortment of tea and finger foods prepared by Jason Gilmore. Club president Julia Hidy lit a candle in memory of club members who are deceased: Connie Meriweather, Marjorie Clifford and Susie Helfrich.
Gift sacks were given out to those present. Hidy reminded members that the June meeting will be at McClish’s Nursery.