Join us for an exclusive tea program with the Mark T. Wendell Tea Company. Led by Hartley E. Johnson, owner of the Mark T. Wendell Tea Company, our special experience at the museum will include:
~A brief overview of the history of tea and the connection between Rose Standish Nichols and this Boston Tea Importer
~A tasting of black, green, and oolong teas
~A discussion around the showcased teas, from their geographical region of origin to how they are processed
Following the presentation, there will be time to explore the Nichols House Museum’s period rooms and the special exhibition, Peace and Prosperity: Rose Standish Nichols and Tea. Among her other achievements, Rose Standish Nichols was famous for hosting elaborate tea parties where she would cultivate lively conversation and promote world peace. Tea parties were a vehicle through which Rose Nichols furthered social and political agendas while also showcasing her collection of fine porcelain and silver. This exhibition highlights collection items related to tea service while examining the culture and society in which Rose Nichols entertained.
In 1904, Boston businessman Mark T. Wendell assumed ownership of his uncle’s business, a firm that imported luxury products from abroad. Mr. Wendell settled in the Beacon Hill section of Boston and set up offices on nearby State Street. For many years he imported port, sherry, snuff, olive oil, coffee and rare teas to sell to the upscale clientele of Boston (including Rose Standish Nichols), New York and Philadelphia.
Over time, Mr. Wendell began focusing solely on the import of tea into his Boston waterfront offices, and one of his most popular items was a smoky China tea called HU-KWA (who-kwaa). From an initial listing of only 5 teas, including the legendary HU-KWA, offerings have expanded to over 80 estate grown specialty teas, signature tea blends, herbal & fruit tisanes.