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Tea and a bit of history at the Briggle House

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BRECKENRIDGE – “You visit with friends and take some time out from this chaotic part of the year,” said Linda Kay Peterson, in regards to the Victorian Holiday Tea the Summit Historical Society is having next week. “And in the process, you learn a little bit of history.”The traditional Victorian Holiday Tea will be held from 3-5 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 22, and Thursday, Dec. 29, at the Briggle House in Breckenridge.Just like they did during the Victorian era, the Summit Historical Society will be serving assorted finger sandwiches, assorted sweets and traditional scones, along with a variety of English teas. Entrance to the Holiday Tea is $25 per person, but space is limited. They are almost sold out for the first Thursday’s event.

“We didn’t expect such an enthusiastic response,” said Peterson. “If we realize there is a public for this type of event, we are going to make it more of a weekly thing.” The Briggle House is located at 104 N. Harris Street in Breckenridge. It was purchased by William and Kathleen Briggle in the 1890s, when they arrived in Summit County from Canton, Ohio. When the couple purchased the house in 1898, it was a one-room log cabin – but they immediately enlarged it by six rooms upstairs and three rooms downstairs. Then, they clapboarded the whole structure.William Briggle worked as a cashier at the Engle Bros. Exchange Bank. He became involved in politics and served as mayor in 1903 and 1905. His wife Kathleen was an accomplished musician who played five instruments and taught piano lessons. She often held concerts in the front parlor of their house.

The Briggle House has been recently redecorated by Karen West, a Breckenridge local, who lives nearby the house. “She did a great job, even the little details are true to the Victorian era,” said Peterson. For tickets, call the Summit Historical Society at (970) 453-9022 or send an e-mail to mail@summithistorical.org.Tea Time

What: Victorian Holiday TeaWho: Organized by the Summit Historical SocietyWhere: The Briggle House, located at 104 N. Harris in BreckenridgeWhen: Thursday, Dec. 22, and Thursday, Dec. 29, from 3-5 p.m.Cost: $25 per person