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Tea patrons taken back to Flagler era

Mary Lily Kenan Flagler and Marcia Lane address patrons at the Oct. 27 tea.


PALATKA – More than 60 ladies and gentlemen sipped tea and nibbled on tea sandwiches and sweets Oct. 27, when the Putnam County Historical Society took patrons on a journey spotlighting oil magnet Henry Flagler – his life and wives. Setting was the historic Bronson-Mulholland house, with Mary Lily Kenan Flagler, Flagler’s third wife, giving tea patrons a glimpse of her life with Flagler, as he developed the east coast of Florida from St. Augustine to Palm Beach, Miami and Key West.



Sara Hetherington, who coordinated the tea refreshments; Mary Lily Kenan Flagler and Marcia Lane.

Historic interpreter Dianne Thompson Jacoby of St. Augustine, in elegant dress of the era, portrayed the third wife of Flagler.


IMG_2190Marcia Lane, president of the Putnam historical group, welcomed the patrons at two sittings – 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., explaining that proceeds from the event will be used to maintain the historic home.

The home, 100 Madison St., is open for tours Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Tea selections were explained to the patrons.


A bountiful feast was served to patrons.


About Anne Heymen (146 Articles)
Retired after 49 years in major media publication, Anne spends her time as Contributing Editor to PluggedIn whenever her two cats allow her some time to herself.

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